Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle as a demo from Kieffer USA. I had had my eye on this model, but was saving to be able to afford it when the demo came up. This model has the Excellent seat and padded skirts with special stitching. It is a BEAUTIFUL saddle. I paid $1800 for it.
Likes: I have to say that Ron at Kieffer has been excellent with the customer service. He replies to e-mails within hours and spent one of his Saturdays on the phone with me for an hour working out the fit on my young horse. It is now fitting beautifully and is a very comfortable saddle. It has large knee rolls, but only a half deep seat, so if you like to have a little "moving room" in your saddle, this one is good. The "sweet spot" of this saddle feels very flat and level, not a scoop like some very deep seated saddles. The padded skirts and seat make it very comfy on the old rear end. I LOVE the shortened panels of this. I have a small warmblood, 15.3 hh, and not having a panel sticking out an inch or two beyond the cantle is lovely. The gullet is lovely and wide, allowing plenty of room for the spine. I love the fact that I have free tree/fit adjustments for two years -- such a help when riding a just turned four-year-old!
Dislikes: In a perfect world, on my rather big-moving horse, I wouldn't mind a little deeper seat, but he is very green, so I will be grateful for the more open seat once we go up the levels a bit.
Quality: The construction and quality is top notch. Kieffers last forever, it seems, and I can see this one will be no different. This is taking a while to break in (my first ride in non-full seat breeches was like riding in a water slide), but now I have kept it saddle soaped and conditioned and am now able to ride in non full seats just fine.
Summary: I love my new Kieffer Inzell, the feel, quality and service. I would recommend Kieffer USA to anyone looking for a quality dressage saddle!
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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