Model: Tristan Special 18/32 cm
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I bought this superb saddle from Stubben's website through a local tack shop in my area. I paid $995.00 plus $35.00 shipping. This is a non-returnable/exchangeable item through the overstock in their warehouse. Although they also sell demo models, this saddle was brand new and had never been on a horse.
Likes: I love the gorgeous black leather saddle with large knee rolls/deep seat/narrow twist/cut back pommel/wool stuffed panels. Not only does it fit my 5'6.5" heavy (200 lb.) body, but it also fits my 15.1 hand short backed gaited horse (flat/mutton withers - round barrel)like a glove. I loved it the first time I rode in it over 8 months ago and it just gets better and better. It allows you to sit in the correct position with plenty of room to move around so that you are not forced into the seat. At the same time the saddle stays out of your way so you can feel the horse's back and keep very good contact with your calves/seat. It is a medium weight dressage saddle that you can lift easily with one hand.
Dislikes: Nothing...it's perfect. I can't say it enough - I LOVE THIS SADDLE!
Quality: Stubben's quality/craftsmanship is unsurpassed as far as I'm concerned. There is not another dressage saddle in this price range (retails for @$2,250) that can compare to it unless you compare it to another Stubben model. The quality (suppleness) of the leather can not be beat. The top stitching and the underside stitching is extraordinary. The panels provide cushion and support for the rider (without being spongy)and comfort for the horse.
Summary: Stubben has been around for a long time for a reason. I love Stubben's attention to detail for the comfort of both horse and rider. They know how to fit both equally well. I am not easily impressed, but they managed to impress me. This saddle looks as great as it feels!
Author: J. Sims
Usefulness Rating: 2.9 out of 5.
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