Manufacturer: ATEC (View all products by ATEC)
Model: Silver Show Saddle #296-350 (View all Silver Show Saddle #296-350 reviews)
Category: Show Saddles
Purchase: Purchased this saddle online for under $500.00. Needed an entry level show saddle. Dont want to say who I got it from because they have since removed the saddle from their site and were wonderful in getting me a discount on it.
Likes: The tooling and leather quality are fine. The seat is comfortable and true to size. I like the design, look and tooling of this saddle very much. Plus, it comes in Black and for some reason Black saddles seem to be somewhat rare these days.
Dislikes: The silver was horrible and cheap. (and I do mean CHEAP!) When it got to us, the silver was literally flaking off. It must have been exposed to some moisture and major temperature changes when it came from where ever it came from and during storage while waiting to be sold. Try as I might, there was no way to bring the silver back. Luckily, I was able to work a discount with the dealer and manufacturer so I could then go about getting the silver replaced or fixed.
Quality: It's all good, but the silver.
Summary: These saddles are distributed by the same manufacturer that makes Abetta and Saddlesmith and the quality is like night and day. I've seen the Saddlesmith and Abetta saddles and the silver is of quality grade - but not on the Atec brand! It is a let down that such a big manufacturer (Action Company) would allow something this bad to get by them...maybe they should stick with American made saddles and not imports. I would not steer anyone else away from the leather only Atec saddles, just stay away from anything made by them that has silver on it. A friend of mine ended up getting a Showman saddle from BlackHorseTackSource.com and is quite happy with it. If I am ever in the market for an entry level show saddle again, I'm going with them.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.
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