Model: Fidelio 36 cm
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle from Valley Tack Shop in Ohio for a 9 yr. old PRE Andalusian Mare. Saddle was ordered according to measurements taken by the saddle fitter. Cost of saddle was $1,350.
Likes: Gullet adequate width, angle appropriate for region of thorax. Gullet width at back of saddle adequate, clearance over spine adequate unweighted and weight-bearing.
Dislikes: After three weeks of use, horse became sore. Vet found that Approximately 2" behind gullet, saddle width narrows markedly resulting in pressure points/restriction that can be felt beneath the hand with saddle unweighted. Pressure increases significantly with weight applied to saddle. Angle of panels at back of saddle much steeper than angle of horse's back when saddle unweighted. Application of weight to saddle results in points of panel being primary weight-bearing region with resultant severe pressure point. Panel did not flatten out with weight in saddle and inner part of panel would bear no weight resulting in uneven weight distribution. Overall assessment: Design of saddle results in pinching of muscles next to the spine in the stirrup bar region with bruising of underlying muscles noted. Angle of rear panels results in localized pressure point at back end of saddle. Saddle was returned with full refund.
Quality: Design of saddle results in pinching of muscles next to the spine in the stirrup bar region. Angle of rear panels results in localized pressure point at back end of saddle. Though I must say the quality of materials used is very good.
Summary: I was very disappointed in this saddle since it is marketed for the wide horse types. Alteration of this saddle unlikely to resolve issues due to construct of tree and design of panels.
Author: A Savage
Usefulness Rating: 3.125 out of 5.
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