Manufacturer: Bates (View all products by Bates)
Model: Innova Standard Bloc (View all Innova Standard Bloc reviews)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle on Ebay. After having little success with fitted saddles from a couple of high-end saddlers (all of which were uncomfortable for me or my horse), I decided to try the Innova.
Likes: The Innova is one of the most comfortable saddles I've owned. The twist is narrow and the flaps are about 16". Both of which work well for me as a petite rider. The panels and CAIR work well on my Lusitano. He's the type of horse who (very obviously) let's me know when he doesn't like a saddle. He seems truly comfortable in this saddle and doesn't pin his ears at it (as he has with many others).
Dislikes: If I had to come up with one thing, I'd say changing the gullet is somewhat difficult. However, it's still a nice feature to have.
Quality: Well-made. No complaints.
Summary: Make sure you get the correct seat size and block type, it makes a difference in this saddle. Definitely worth a try for a petite rider with a wide, flat-backed horse, at a good price.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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