Manufacturer: Tad Coffin (View all products by Tad Coffin)
Model: Dressage Saddle (View all Dressage Saddle reviews)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I bought this item used for 2000. They are no longer being made, but when they were, cost was approx 3,500. The Tad Coffin jumping saddles run between 3,500-4,000.
Likes: This saddle is AMAZING. The leather is so soft and flexible. Not stiff and slippery like so many other dressage saddles, even "good" ones. It has shorter-than-average flaps, which makes it perfect for petite riders. I used to own a Passier and a Kieffer, and in both, I felt like all I had leg contact with was the saddle. The flaps on those came to nearly my ankle. How was my horse supposed to hear me through all that leather? The Tad Coffin puts the rider in a very balanced, centered position, and the rider feels very stable and close to the horse, without a deep seat or excessively large knee rolls. This saddle doesn't "lock" you into place, but allows you to sit still, even during big movements, because the balance is exceptional.
Dislikes: Mine has the short billets, and I think I prefer long ones. I don't find that the buckles interfere with my contact or cause discomfort under my legs, leg contact, but it would be nice if I could use the same saddle and girth on both my different-sized horses, rather than having to switch girths for every ride.
Quality: Amazing quality. The leather is bridle soft, but still strong and durable. I anticipate that this saddle will last my lifetime.
Summary: It fits all my horses well, and they seem to be freer through their backs than with other saddles I've tried. The "close contact" feel of this saddle is amazing. As a long-time hunter/jumper rider, who primarily rides in a Tad Coffin A5 saddle, I was looking for that same connection in a dressage saddle. I found it! My horses love it, I love it, and I only wish Mr Coffin was still making these. I'd buy one for my hubby and convert him away from his Kieffers. The standard leg flap may be a bit too short for tall and leggy riders, but for those of us vertically challenged, and looking for a superior saddle, this one is it!
Usefulness Rating: 3.8 out of 5.
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