Model: PS Baum - older model
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle for $500 at a tack consignment store. My old saddle, that I bough when I was 12, no longer fit me (imagine that), and I was looking for a dressage or AP saddle with a larger seat to replace it. With a 19" seat and a medium tree, this saddle matched my basic fit requirements.
Likes: This is an amazing saddle. I don't know how old it is, but judging by the style of the flaps and knee rolls, it's at least 10 years old if not more. The leather is very high quality, and aside from a few scratches on the seat, in great condition. The seat is deep, but not too deep. I feel secure, but I can still get out of the saddle easily. The balance of the whole saddle is just wonderful. I don't feel that I'm locked into position, but it places my leg nicely. I have very long legs (35" inseam) and a large bum, and both the seat and the flaps accommodate my lower half very well. The flaps are both long and forward, so there's plenty of room for my leg without my knees poking over the knee rolls. My horse moves out very well in this saddle, and it seems to fit her back nicely. I haven't tried it on many other horses, but I suspect that it has one of those old, wonderful trees that will fit a wide variety of horses.
Dislikes: My dislikes are fairly minor and pretty easy to deal with. First off, the seat is slicker than snot. Not kidding. The first time I rode in the saddle, my butt was moving all over the place! I had plain riding tights on, and slick nylon on slick leather was a bad combo. Full seat breeches solved that problem. Secondly, the flaps are plain leather that fit over pencil knee rolls. No suede, no padding, just a plain flap. As such, the knee roll does not "hold you in" or anything like that. It's great for training your leg, but not so great for those "oh crap!" moments.
Quality: The quality of the saddle is excellent. It's obvious the saddle has been used, but it's still in good condition. The leather, though not soft or "sticky", is thick and high quality. The kind that lasts forever with proper care and that you can polish to a shine. Passier saddles seem to hold their value very well, and finding a used one in good condition is well worth the hunt.
Summary: I would recommend this saddle to anyone looking for an AP or a dressage tendency saddle. I would especially recommend this saddle to anyone with long legs, as the flaps are very accommodating and generously cut, and the seat sizes range up to 19". If you're looking for a saddle that will hold you in or with big thigh/knee blocks, keep looking. This saddle is the old-school style that helps you find your position but expects you to do the work to keep you there.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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