Close Contact Saddles

Manufacturer: Bevel
Model: Devon
Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I purchased this saddle used on ebay for $150.

Likes: This saddle is an older Bevel Devon. It is a true close contact saddle: no pads or rolls underneath the flaps. It has a flat seat, with a fairly narrow twist and a low pommel. Padded saddles with deep seats make me feel claustrophobic, so if you want an "open" feel in a saddle where you can move around, this is a perfect saddle for that purpose. My horse - a somewhat hard to fit Haflinger, looks amazing in this saddle. My trainer says she has seldom seen a saddle sit so nicely on a horse's back.

Dislikes: I like everything about this saddle. My trainer loves the way that it fits my horse, but hates the way it rides. She describes it as "a leather bareback pad with stirrups".

Quality: This saddle is old (I am not sure how old), but due to the quality of the leather and construction, it appears to have held up very well. I especially love the billet straps and buckles - they are very robust, unlike the ones on my previous Stubben.

Summary: Other reviews of this saddle have noted this is a true close contact saddle. I completely agree. My trainer and I both agree about quality of the saddle construction and fit for horse, but we have very different preferences in style of construction for the rider. This was the style of saddle that I was looking for, and I consider it a great buy.

Rating: 5

Author: KT

Date: 2010-04-11

Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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