Horse Tack Review

Submit your reviews! We will be giving away a pair of the HandsOn Grooming Gloves for the best review posted from now until November 31st. Please read the November 1, 2016 newsletter for additional information on how to enter.

Dressage Saddles

For Sale on eBay

For Sale on Amazon

Manufacturer: Kieffer (View all products by Kieffer Munchen)

Model: 3000V (View all 3000V reviews)

Category: Dressage Saddles

Purchase: I ordered this saddle over the phone after reading about it online. I paid $2595, plus fittings, saddle pad, girth, and stirrup leathers.

Likes: I like the comfort of this saddle, it is very comfortable. I like how balanced it feels. It has a key you put in the saddle so that you can change the gullet width of the saddle to make a fine tuned adjustment to the horse. It also has flexible panels that work on some horses. The leather is nice but very plastic feeling for leather.

Dislikes: Here is the thing, despite what the manufacturer tells you this saddle will not work on a flat backed arab. I have tried it on six horses and it just doesn't work. While the gullet widens, arabs need a flatter panel and a wider tree head to accommodate wider withers that are not the tradition V shape. Also the panel of the saddle is WAY to long for short backed arabs, hits them in the kidneys. Also the saddle points are to long and dig in to their shoulders. Simply adjusting the gullet doesn't do it. Also what they don't tell you is you can't adjust the entire widths of the tree sizes you can only adjust within the tree size. So for example if your horse is a medium narrow you can adjust just a bit up or down within that tree size. You can't take this saddle from a narrow horse to a wide horse. Just doesn't work that way. My horses hated the flexible panels, well at least all but one of them. Also the panels popped over and over regardless of what horse I used it on. Also no returns, you can exchange it but no returns and the shipping back and forth will burn out your money!

Quality: I would consider it low, the saddle has a bubble in the leather, I complained about it and the panel popping and was told the bubble would go down (it hasn't) and the panel popping was from the saddle being to wide for the horse (a saddle fitter said that is not the problem) The leather feels like wintec synthetic, its not very grippy or soft, and after several months I noticed scratches really easy.

Summary: Don't buy it if you own an Arab or flat backed horse. Don't buy it if you are a stickler for leather quality. If however you like a wider twist comfortable seat, this saddle does meet that qualification, not sure it does anything for the horse though.

Rating: 2

Author: K. C.

Date: 2010-01-16

Usefulness Rating: 3.11765 out of 5.
17 reader(s) voted.

Please give us your opinion..

Click Here To Submit Your Own Review

Other Reviews You May Find Interesting

Collegiate Jessica Dressage Saddles
Tekna S-line Dressage saddle Dressage Saddles
MacRider Challenge Dressage Saddles
Custom Saddlery Steffen Peters Advantage Single Flap Dressage Saddles
double J Double J Pozzi Dressage Saddles
Freeform Treeless dressage Dressage Saddles
Thornhill Germania Klasse Saddle Dressage Saddles
Custom Saddlery Revolution Dressage Saddles
DK Saddlery Bond II and Freedom Dressage Saddles
Custom.Saddlery Revolution Revolution Dressage Saddles
Black Country Vinici X Monoflap Dressage Saddles
Zaldi dressage saddle Dressage Saddles
Kieffer Monarch dressage saddle Dressage Saddles
Erreplus Elena Dressage Saddles
Hermes Corlandus Dressage Saddles
County Connection Dressage Saddles
Karl Niedersuss Olympik Dressage Saddles
County Saddlery Fusion Dressage Saddles
Jeffries Elite Dressage Dressage Saddles
Philippe Fontaine by Stubben Orleans Junior Dressage, 16'' Dressage Saddles