Manufacturer: About the Horse Saddle
Category: Roping Saddles
Purchase: I ordered this saddle directly from Dave Genadek, owner of About the Horse Saddles. I did a complete back tracing and Dave reconstructed my horse's back in his shop so that he could made a tree to fit his back. I selected this brand of saddle because my horse does not fit in a commercial treed saddle and so we needed to go the full custom route. If you are going to go custom you might as well get the saddle tricked out just the way you want. I selected rawhide trim, large leather wrapped horn, a tooled edge, rough out half seat and fenders, turned stirrups. I paid $3,200.00.
Likes: I love everything about the saddle. From the first ride it was clear that this was a saddle that fit both of us superbly. The saddle needed no breaking in and it was super comfortable from the beginning. I love the classical position it puts me in and it is designed so the rider sits right behind the wither which is the strongest point on the horse's back. In this position there are few misunderstandings between horse and rider. Lateral work became a breeze, like dancing.
Dislikes: I wish it wasn't as heavy as it is but you can't change that if you have a quality hardwood tree and premium leather so I don't mind sacrificing quality over weight.
Quality: Beautifully made with super high quality materials plus it is a gorgeous saddle. I wish I could post a picture of it to show you. It is completely worth the money. You can get a nice production saddle for the same money but spend the same and go truly custom - you and your horse deserve it. Fitting the horse is Dave Genadek's first priority and it doesn't cost extra if additional time is needed to get the right fit. The saddle is truly "About the Horse" but don't worry he takes good care of the rider too.
Summary: Love the saddle and Dave is a pleasure to work with and very generous with his saddle fitting knowledge. I highly recommend the saddle and the whole experience.
Author: Ashley and Guenther
Usefulness Rating: 2.625 out of 5.
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