Manufacturer: Devoucoux (View all products by Devoucoux)
Model: Biarritz with 3A flap (View all Biarritz Jumping Saddle with 3A flap reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I bought a Delgrange last year, but shortly after purchasing it, my horse gained a good amount of muscle(skinny off track TB) and the narrow tree no longer fit him. Several people in my barn have Devoucoux saddles so I decided to give them a try! The rep came out to my barn and had me try a bunch of different saddles. With the help of my trainer, I decided on a 4yr old Biarritz with a 3A flap and a regular/wide tree.
Likes: This is the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden in! It's like riding on a cloud! It has a good amount of padding but I can still ride normally and it doesn't affect my position negatively at all; if anything it helps it! I also find it very comfy to do no stirrup work in. My horse seemed to love it too!
Dislikes: The things I don't like are that the billets are really short(I have to go one girth size up) and if the girth is pretty high up the billets, I can feel it through the flap under my leg and it's annoying/uncomfortable. If the girth is the right size, and pretty even on both sides, then it's not a problem. Also, it scratches really easily and $3500+ is not cheap! Luckily, the scratches oil out and their are used Devoucouxs for cheaper.
Quality: This saddle is really well made; comfortable for both horse and rider. I'm not sure what kind of leather mine is but it's very soft and grippy. The leather scratches really easily, but the scratches come out after it's cleaned. According to my trainer and the rep, if the saddle is taken care of properly, it will last a lifetime!
Summary: I would buy this saddle again in a heartbeat! The rep was very helpful and knowledgeable and was even willing to let me do a payment plan, which is nice because of how expensive these saddles are! I would definitely recommend this saddle to anyone wanting something extremely comfortable for themselves and their horse!
Usefulness Rating: 2.4 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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