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Henri De Rivel
Rivella Close Contact
Close Contact Saddles

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Manufacturer: Henri De Rivel (View all products by Henri de Rivel (HDR))

Model: Rivella Close Contact (View all Rivella Close Contact Saddle reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I purchased this saddle for $985 at I am a 5'10" rider with ALL legs, and liked that the description said this saddle was designed for longer-legged people. I had previously owned a HDR and was excited with the find.

Likes: I love the design! This saddle fits me like a glove and the knee blocks are in the perfect position for me. the generous flap allows me to comfortably lengthen my stirrups enough for flatting and pleasure showing, but also is forward enough to use for show jumping and cross-country! The rear block helps keep my leg from slipping back and the seat and twist are very comfortable even after long hours in the saddle. I also love the color, it's absolutely beautiful!

Dislikes: I had tried a couple other models that had adjustable blocks, but this only seems to be a problem in the rear block for me. When I ride cross-country i would like to be able to move the rear block up to accommodate the shorter leg, but so far it does okay. Also, the flaps seem to scuff easily if not oiled consistently.

Quality: I love HDR's tree sizing, the 2.5 fit (medium tree) has fit my 2 thoroughbreds, arabian and paint without any problems! The tree seems to be fairly versatile, which I like. The leather breaks in fairly quickly (about 10-12 hours of riding) and is supple. I would like to see this saddle have stitched billets,and a more colorfast dye as the color does show wear easily where the leathers rub. the seat and knee roll leather does seem to stain easily, especially when wet.

Summary: This is a very well made saddle for a very reasonable price. At Adams Horse Supply the saddle came with a free bridle which was also VERY nice quality with beautiful stitching. It's a very comfortable and versatile saddle, I would recommend to anybody, especially those with long legs!

Rating: 4

Author: HDR Rivella Close Contact

Date: 0000-00-00

Usefulness Rating: 3.45946 out of 5.
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