Model: Klimke Miller Dressage (KMD)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I bought 2 of these saddles on ebay for $930 and $915. Read the Horse Tack Reviews before buying the first - sounded like good buy, a nice saddle to ride in, and multi-fit on a variety of horses. Bought the second as it is almost brand new, and I love the first (very old and daggy) one.
Likes: The older saddle (Medium gullet): It is purely about the ride. It has foam padding in the seat, which, after riding in a Passier, is the softest seat imaginable. The knee rolls are supportive but don't feel restrictive. Fits 2 of my horses really well, appears to fit the other, but he made it clear he disapproves. The new saddle (Wide gullet): Same padded seat, beautifully made and finished, lovely leather. Both saddles have lovely big panels to spread the rider weight over a large area.
Dislikes: Older KMD: Love this saddle to ride in and only dislike that it looks so rough over the cantle. New KMD: Flaps and knee pads not broken-in yet and a bit stiff and very noisy (squeaky), but not a fault of the saddle, just got spoilt by the well worn one. Also, having a wider gullet and channel, it is also wider across the twist and not as easy to sit into.
Quality: Older KMD - Either has not worn particularly well, or has been pretty knocked around, particularly the more fragile leather rolled around the front of the pommel and flaps. The finish over the cantle is lumpy and rough looking. The flocking was rock hard and had to be replaced, and the girth points were very stretched, but as this had obviously not been done since new, it didn't concern me. New KMD - Faults of the finish over the cantle on the older model have been rectified, and this saddle is beautifully finished, with nicer leather on the stitched skirts as well. Knee blocks slightly different also, but great on both models. Flocking is of poor quality, as this one is pretty hard already, even though almost new. Not a major job to have replaced if you have a decent saddler within reach (which I don't, without much inconvenience of travel and going without the saddle for some time).
Summary: Really love the Medium gullet well worn saddle, and would probably love the Wide too if I had the patience to become accustomed to it and broke the saddle in, but decided to sell it to a friend who also loves my old one.
Usefulness Rating: 4.76923 out of 5.
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