Manufacturer: Philippe Fontaine
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle brand new through eBay for $750, an absolute steal since the saddle runs new for between $1000 and $1250. I had finally decided to part with my Stubben Artus, as it no longer fit my horse and I wanted something more suited for security when jumping. My sister has the Taylor model and loves it, so after sitting in the Lauren model from a tack shop I decided to buy.
Likes: The saddle is extremely comfortable and beautiful quality. It has a soft, medium-deep seat which is nice for flatwork use as well as jumping. It has both front and a small rear block, which are perfect for aiding in keeping your leg where it needs to be. The leather quality is very nice and soft, keeps its color very well even after being heavily doused in rain on more than one occasion and regular cleaning. Breaks in easily, very comfortable to jump in and feels secure.
Dislikes: The saddle only comes in a medium and wide tree. The medium is a little on the wide side for my Thoroughbred, who could really go with a slightly narrower tree. The stirrup bars on this saddle seem to have a sharp edge on the inside - every time I put my leathers in or adjust the length, I go to pull them out and they scrape the leather. The bars have managed to pull the finish right off the inside of my stirrup leather. This only seems to be a problem with the saddle I bought, as friends of mine who own the Lauren and Renee models do not have this problem. It must be minor defect with this particular saddle.
Quality: This highly styled Jumping Saddle is for demanding Jumper riders. It has a soft, medium-deep seat for security, comfort and control and front and rear blocks for added security while jumping. Pre-shaped, wider panels enhance the closeness of the contact and make for a perfect fit and stable position.
Summary: Definitely not disappointed with my purchase of this saddle. It is very comfortable and easy to jump in, and the price is good for the quality. The only problem I have with my saddle is the stirrup bar issue - I have yet to email the company to ask about it, but plan to do so in the near future.
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