Manufacturer: Crosby (View all products by Crosby)
Model: Prix De Nations (older model) (View all Prix De Nations reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: This is an older modle of the new Prix De Nations that I got used but in good condition from my local tack shop. It only had a few marks from stirrup leathers and we paid $310 for it which I've heard was a good price. I got this for riding H/J without a horse of my own. Now I'm riding Eventing and have my own horse that it does not fit as well as it could so as you can see it's not working anymore.
Likes: When I was riding H/J it put me in the perfect position for that type of riding, a little more forward than back and knee rolls did not get in the way. It fit the horse I was riding at the time but them again he was a 20 year old TWH so that really does not say much. Also the lack of knee rolls really lets you feel your horse more than one with them. Now about all like about it is that for show jumping I'm already in a half seat.
Dislikes: What I don't really like about this saddle is that the seat is like a piece of wood with nothing but leather over it so after about 30 minuets in the saddle it starts to hurt your rump. The knee rolls I guess are an advantage and a disadvantage depending on how you look at it since I don't mind the lack of them much but I've had friends who could not stand the saddle because of it. Besides that it now does not fit my TB so it's kinda stinky. This is very obviouse but if you are looking for a saddle for eventing (the jumping phases that is) I would not go with it because it offers little help as far as clinging power goes on cross country, fine for show jumping.
Quality: I've had no stiching break on it in the 3 or 4 years I've had it. The leather on the seat is kinda plastic felling in my opinion but it's held out well. As I said before, the stirrups have left marks on the saddle but when do they not? It's been thrown around a car for months at a time and that has done nothing so that's got to be saying something about the constuction.
Summary: This saddle really is nice but I honestly think that other close contact saddles are nicer and cheaper but if you can find a good used one why not go for it.
Usefulness Rating: 2.375 out of 5.
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