Manufacturer: Tad Coffin (View all products by Tad Coffin)
Model: A5 (View all A5 reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I found this saddle on eBay. I am attending college at the University of Findlay next year and I knew I needed a great saddle so that I could be successful. I paid $1600.00.
Likes: This is the most AMAZING saddle I have ever ridden in. It was the best purchase I have ever made (Other than my horse! LOL) I had been riding in my trainer's Hermes before I bought my Tad, and honestly, there is no comparison. The Tad wins! The leather quality is unbelievable. It is so soft and such a beautiful color. If it ever gets scuffed, all you have to do is take some saddle soap and it comes right off! The seat is the perfect size (17 1/2) My horse is only 15.1hh and built more like a pony, but it fits her PERFECT! I have the thin Tad Coffin leather pad to go under it, but it actually fits great with any half pad. She jumps so much more beautifully then she did before. Her movement is more fluid, and so is mine. I love the dark leather, because I hate how a lot of the saddles being made today are a carmel color or have a touch of orange.
Dislikes: I really have nothing negative to say. The only thing I wish was different was that they used the same quality leather for the billets as the rest of the saddle. But if you keep them oiled, they work great.
Quality: Some people say that the pommel is too low, but personally I believe that if you need something hitting you in the crotch every time you jump to warn you to not jump ahead, then you simply shouldn't be jumping. The pommel is low which makes the saddle more comfortable and better looking. The tree is awesome, and the padding is so soft. One thing I noticed about another saddle I rode in (The Bates Elevation) was that it had very low quality leather compared to the Tad. I rode in a demo saddle. It was comfortable, but my Tad puts me in such better position than the Bates ever did.
Summary: I believe that everyone should have the chance to own or ride in a Tad. If you think you can't afford it, you can! The saddles are all over the internet used, even on Tad's website! They are well worth it, even if you do pay the 4500 new cost!
Usefulness Rating: 1.6 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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