Manufacturer: Kate's Saddle Supply (View all products by Kate's Saddle Supply)
Model: Marshal Poley Synthetic W/O Horn (Aussie) (View all Marshal Poley Synthetic W/O Horn (Aussie) reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle from Kates.net for about $300 dollars (it was on clearance to be discontinued.) It was a Christmas present from my husband, though I was the one who picked out and purchased it. I was looking for an inexpensive, easy to clean trail saddle to replace a saddle that no longer fit my mare.
Likes: It was easy to clean. It was the first saddle I didn't have to spend hours oiling and worrying about getting it wet. The "ears" --typical of an Aussie stock saddle-- made my seat feel secure on up and down hill.
Dislikes: The tree was not balanced at all. I noticed quickly that my horse became agitated, and refused to round out and relax like she did when I rode bareback for all those months I spent saddle-less. She acted out when being tacked- something she never did before- trying to move out from under the saddle when I lifted to her back, even pinning her ears at me when I tightened the girth! She never even did that with the barrel saddle that had pinched her shoulders for about a year before a friend pointed out (to an ignorant me :))how a saddle should fit.
Quality: The material seemed cheap. (I could be biased, however, because I had always ridden in well constructed leather saddles.)The skirting was the only thing that seemed sturdy. In fact, It was so stiff that it wanted to rest on the horse's spine and left sweat marks there. The tree must be straight as an arrow: My horse has a nice, straight top-line and I could feel easily in the middle where the panels were not contacting, though this may just be a problem for me.
Summary: Luckily, this particular saddle is discontinued, so a purchasing decision is not something I can really influence, but my message is this: Beware, you generally get what you pay for!
Author: Dissappointed Buyer
Usefulness Rating: 2.35294 out of 5.
17 reader(s) voted.
Circle Y Omaha Flex2 Saddle Trail Saddles
Tucker Endurance Trail Saddles
Steele Custom Saddles Mountaineer Trail Saddles
CTK TASA01-A Trail Saddles
Denham Saddlery Plantation saddle with horn Trail Saddles
national bridle lite rider Trail Saddles
Trailwise Endurance Elite Trail Saddles
Shenandoah Trail Saddles
Stonewall Saddle Company Stonewall classic 14 inch Trail Saddles
Fallis Balanced Ride Trail Saddles
Circle Y Trail Gator Endurance Trail Saddles
Simco "Deluxe" trail saddle 8695 Trail Saddles
Circle y Alabama trail gaitor Trail Saddles
Jason McKenzie 1 / Wade saddle Trail Saddles
Huber Training saddle Trail Saddles
Fabtron Easy Rider Trail Trail Saddles
CTK TASO 18 Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Gaited wide tree Trail Saddles
ABETTA TRINITY SERENITY SYNTHETIC ENDURANCE SADDLE Trail Saddles
Wyoming Saddlery 16" Draft Custom Trail Saddles