Model: Arabian Tree Endurance Saddle
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: Online at ChickSaddlery.com. Best price I could find online and also very nice people to deal with! I paid $375 incl. shipping.
Likes: The price is nice. The saddle seems to be well made. I like that it comes standard with wide endurance stirrups, and also has no horn.
Dislikes: It did not even come CLOSE to fitting my Arab. The pommel pinched down on him on either side of his withers, like a clamp. And then the entire back end of the saddle rose up 2"-3" when cinched! I had it situated so that it cinched just behind his elbows, and so that the tree was not interfering with his shoulders, so I do not believe I had it positioned wrong. I tried sliding it forward, backward, re-tightening... it didn't matter. It did not fit. This was the second time I had tried to fit it to him - the first time I did go for a SHORT ride, was short on time, just walking... I did ask for the trot and my normally willing horse planted his feet and would NOT move. I didn't really like the comfort of the saddle either, so me and my horse were in agreement there.
Quality: Well constructed. I did like the grippy faux suede seat, as well as the Cordura nylon used for the skirts, fenders, etc. The pommel and cantle are covered with a faux leather. The tie strings are nice and long. Actually, I didn't like the fleece used underneath the saddle - it seemed thin and not of great quality. But you're using a pad, sooo.. It really is very, very lightweight - they say it's 17 lbs. It doesn't look like a cheap saddle, but doesn't look expensive either ;) Also it was easy to clean up/brush off all of the hairs before I repacked it to ship it back to Chick's.
Summary: It didn't fit MY Arabian. It might fit yours - it fits my friend's, who also bought the Abetta at the same time as me. My guy has a broader back and wider shoulder than hers. I'd recommend trying it out before you buy it. Don't make my mistake and have to pay $50 in shipping to try out a cheapy saddle. I mistakenly thought the "Arab tree" was going to solve all my saddle fitting problems... well, for me at least, it didn't.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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