Manufacturer: Dover Saddlery (View all products by Dover Saddlery)
Model: Circuit Elite Saddle (View all Circuit Elite Close Contact Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle recently from a local Dover Saddlery store. I actually caught it on sale for only $600 plus a free bridle! (By the way, the bridle that comes with it is awesome!!). I was making that transition from using the barn's old schooling saddles to having my own schooling and showing saddle, so I got this one, being because it was fairly priced and fit me and my horse well.
Likes: Everything is great! The design can well accommodate the long-legged rider as well as the shorter-legged. The stitching has held up well, even through my abuse of it :-). The tree is very well-made. It basically conforms to the horse's back, which makes it sooo much more comfortable for them. Also, the knee rolls and blocks are in the perfect spots to help out flat work as well as jumping. It makes you feel very secure in the saddle. (Just a side note- The other day, I was riding my horse in this saddle. We were working over some rather large fences. Over one of them, the cruddy leathers that I had on my saddle practically broke. Luckily, this saddle saved my life. Due to its secure design, I stayed on safely without my stirrups on and without falling off. If I were in any other saddle, I would have probably been seriously hurt.)
Dislikes: The only dislike that I have is the leather quality. The dye and leather rub off a whole lot under the leathers, making it look not so good, but that's only a cosmetic problem. The main thing a saddle should have is its safeness (if that is a word LOL).
Quality: As I mentioned before, without this saddle, I would be very hurt right now from a bad fall. It is very secure, and the tree conforms to the horse's back, relieving pressure points and basically making them happier. Although, the leather quality could be a little bit better (but for the very low price, it's a bargain!).
Summary: Please do me and yourself a favor and buy this saddle! If your budget for a new saddle is anywhere from $500-$1000, I totally recommend this one!
Author: Very Happy Hunter Jumper
Usefulness Rating: 2.7 out of 5.
10 reader(s) voted.
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