Horse Tack Review

Stubben CTD
Le Concours
Close Contact Saddles

For Sale on eBay

Manufacturer: Stubben CTD
Model: Le Concours
Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: Bought this saddle off of ebay used for about $300. I needed an inexpensive, but good quality saddle to fit one of my oddly shaped horses.

Likes: Extremely comfortable. Super long flaps that work great for my long-ish legs and my horse's very deep girth. Saddle feels very solid. Leather is very supple. I love the way this saddle feels and the wide 32 CM tree works on my Perch Morgan cross (who has a wide back but rather high wither, my arab/saddlebred cross and my full saddlebred, the latter two of which have that round barrel back. Has a fairly shallow seat, and rides like an equitation saddle with a slightly longer flap. Knee block is well-positioned for a secure feeling without being restrictive. Comfy cushioned flaps.

Dislikes: Due to the different dyeing process (which makes the CTD line less expensive) the dye rubs off easily, but you can't see it with a rider in the saddle. Also, the billets are a bit short, making me have to get a 56" girth because the 52" wouldn't reach. Also, I'm not a huge fan of the "modern" look of the stitching on the flaps, but again, can't really be seen while riding and the flaps feel great, so it works.

Quality: Excellent construction and quality, the only compromise being the dying process.

Summary: I would recommend this saddle fr any rider with long legs, looking for a saddle that won't make their leg feel cramped, but that doesn't have that deep seat like an all-purpose. Excellent equitation saddle for the longer-legged rider. Also fits horses with high withers or mutton-withered.

Rating: 5

Author: Little River

Date: 2009-12-08

Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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