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Marcel Toulouse
Close Contact Saddles

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Manufacturer: Marcel Toulouse (View all products by Marcel Toulouse)

Model: Noelle (View all Noelle reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I needed a saddle for my extremely hard to fit, round, flat-backed, 14.3 hh Appy. I went to my local tack store, Stablemates in Mt. Airy, and had Brittany Stoddard, the assit. manager, order it for me after trying a used Stubben, Collegiates, and HDR's. It was originally $950.00 but I got it for $850.00 because of their tent sale.

Likes: This saddle is absolutely amazing. Mine is an 18" wide. M.T.'s run small in the seat so if you are normally a 17.5" seat, get an 18" seat and so on. The leather is super soft and supple, and the colors of the Noelle are really unique. I applied leather therapy to protect and soften it further. It darkened the lighter part of the saddle just the right amount. I heard the trees/gullets can run narrow, but the wide fits my flat-backed Appy well. Finally a saddle that doesn't float on her back. Get the matching M.T. chocolate leathers because they are soft calfskin and won't scratch your soft leather saddle. Saddle comes with a nice cover. Billets are shorter but normal. Seat is soft, and not too deep. It is padded and comfortable because it has a wider seat but a narrow twist. You feel very secure because the leather is sticky. Feels super $$$. Really hard to find the Noelle online so have your local tack shop order it for you. The panels are wool and foam. I heard that will keep down on the cost of reflocking, yet be comfy for your horse. The first time I rode in the saddle it already started to contour nicely on my horse's back. It's important that you ride with only a thin pad at first so the wool/foam settles. It looks puffy at first but trust me it will form nicely.

Dislikes: Nothing so far. It feels a little less close contact than my used Stubben Siegfried CS did, but it could be that this tree is wide and my Stubben had a medium tree.

Quality: Excellent. The leather is amazing for the price.

Summary: If you are looking to spend around $1000 on a saddle, this saddle is for you! It feels very expensive, and will hold up. Beats the Collegiates, Ovations, HDR's, and Circuits etc. Honestly, I like it better than my Stubben. I am very pleased that I finally have a saddle that fits my horse!!!

Rating: 5

Author: Erika

Date: 0000-00-00

Usefulness Rating: 3.04 out of 5.
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