Black Forest Saddles
Manufacturer: Black Forest Saddles
Model: Aspen (treeless)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: After trying many different conventional saddles on my Arabian none of which fit, I decided that treeless might be the way to go since he's already barefoot and bitless... I did lots of research on treeless saddles and settled on Black forest after talking to the owner.
I bought this saddle thru Black Forest themselves and payed 699$ plus shipping (40$). You can't just order on the website, you have to talk to a real person and they help you make an informed decision as far as size and what pad you might need.
Likes: First and foremost, my horse likes it!
I was a little bit concerned about wither and spine clearance when I ordered it, but I don't have any problem with my arabian if I use a pad with inserts.
It's very light (less than 10#) and incredibly comfortable (most comfortable saddle I've ever sat in.) It looks a little bit different but it feels just like riding in an english saddle.
Dislikes: It looks a bit of too western for my taste!
I was a little disappointed by the quality of the leather when I received this saddle. The seat part is nice but the rest lacks suppleness and feels a little dry.
There are some synthetic components that don't belong on a leather saddle. The billets are made of nylon webbing covered with a type of suede and the underside of the flaps feel like some kind of craft foam: not the most durable material!
Quality: The stitching is tight and it feels solid. Everything is symmetrical and there is attention to details (no loose threads or wavy stitches).
Summary: I think this saddle is a great value. It's built well and feels good to the horse and rider. It's not made out of the best quality materials but that's what makes it affordable. It's a great alternative to some of the very pricey saddles without going to the other extreme of "el cheapo" ebay saddles.
I'm very happy with it and the fact that I didn't have to mortgage my house to get it is an added bonus!
Usefulness Rating: 4.68 out of 5.
50 reader(s) voted.
Other Reviews You May Find Interesting
Billy Cook 1779 Trail Saddles
Down Under Saddle Supply The Legend Australian Saddle Trail Saddles
Crest Ridge Saddlery Sinclair Lite Plantation Trail Saddle Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Butterfly light rider wide tree Trail Saddles
High Horse by Circle Y Eldorado Trail Saddles
Brenda Imus 4 Beat Trail Saddles
Circle Y Just B Natural Treeless Saddle Trail Saddles
Circle P Leather All-Around Saddle Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles 1 Butterfly/1 Endurance Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles English Plantation Trail Saddles
Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles Cascade Wade with gear Trail Saddles
Big Horn Cordura Trail Saddles
Freedom Saddle/Casa Dosa Freedom West Saddle Trail Saddles
James Saddlery Champion Cox Poley Australian Stock Saddle Trail Saddles
Imus 4 Beat Endurance with Fenders Trail Saddles
Fabtron 7152-F (B-Full QH Bars) Trail Saddles
Dixieland Endurance round skirt w/ horn flex tree Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Light Rider Saddle Trail Saddles
JT international/ king series saddles old timer....but all apply Trail Saddles
Down Under Saddle Supply Kimberley Synthetic Stock SAD 280 Trail Saddles