Manufacturer: CWD (View all products by CWD)
Model: SE 1: Close Contact / Full Calfskin (View all SE 1: Close Contact / Full Calfskin reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought my first CWD in October of 2009 and my second in January of 2010. My horses are big, and one is extremely difficult to fit. I went through two custom County Innovation saddles and one Devoucoux trying to fit my biggest horse before I talked with the CWD rep, Kristin Kennedy. She drove over 260 miles (round trip) to measure my horse. After two hours he was measured correctly, and I had the opportunity to ride in a dozen different saddles. I decided to order a custom full calfskin, close contact saddle, with blocks, and the flatter seat. The saddle was $4500 and worth every penny!
Likes: I love the fact that the saddle fits me and my horse, and I love CWD customer service. CWD guarantees to get it right and they stand behind their saddles! The full calf is incredibly grippy, not to mention gorgeous. Break-in is almost instantaneous for the rider, but the saddle continues to settle for a couple of months, depending upon how much you ride. CWD allows for this in the fit. My horses love the flexible points of the saddle--the saddle flexes at the horse's shoulder, at the level of the blocks, so there is no restriction in the horse's movement. I love CWD so much that I purchased a second saddle for my number two horse. CWD gave me a generous trade-in on the Devoucoux. Anyone need a County?
Dislikes: The billets are short. I had to buy bigger girths. This isn't really a problem.
Quality: The quality is similar to Devoucoux--just less expensive.
Summary: I can't say enough about the company. The customer service is beyond compare. Since the saddles are awesome, I also purchased new girths and leathers, and everything is very high quality. CWD reps also have used saddles at reasonable prices, and they stand behind everything they sell.
Usefulness Rating: 3.4375 out of 5.
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