Manufacturer: Northrun (View all products by Northrun)
Model: Ashland (View all Ashland reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle off ebay, for $450, lightly used, as it looked like a nice, fairly flat jumping saddle without knee and thigh blocks. I wasn't familiar with the brand, but some internet research suggested it was a pretty good price.
Likes: The leather was lovely, so soft, and the design of the saddle was simple and elegant. It seemed fairly well balanced, and comfortable.
Dislikes: The leather was so soft that I wondered if it might not hold up under heavy use. The biggest problem with the saddle, however, was that the tree ran very narrow, so it didn't fit my average shaped TB at all. I first assumed that the seller had made a mistake in calling it a medium tree. However I later saw a similar saddle for sale in a consignment shop, and the tree on that saddle was also very narrow.
Quality: The quality and construction seemed excellent. There were no visible flaws at all with the saddle I tried, although it had definitely been well taken care of.
Summary: This was a beautiful, well-made saddle that was good for me, but not my horse. I would recommend them, but only if you can fit it to your horse first, or get some accurate tree measurements before you buy.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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