Sattelrei beim Kloster Schontal
All Purpose Saddle
All Purpose Saddles
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Manufacturer: Sattelrei beim Kloster Schontal
Model: All Purpose Saddle
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle second hand for $500 (CDN). This was an amazing deal, as I have seen other advertised for up to $1400 (CDN). This is an older saddle, made in Germany. I believe Kloster Schontal was bought by Courbette. I needed a new saddle, after riding for forever in a little no name saddle that really didn't work for jumping, and when I got a new horse, I finally broke down and got a new saddle too.
Likes: This saddle is very good quality! The leather looked basically new when I got it, although I can tell the billet straps have been replaced, they are new-looking, and made of a lesser quality leather. The knee rolls are covered in q light suede, which 'sticks' to the suede on the knee patches of jods in a great way! The tack shop I bought this saddle from called it a general purpose saddle, but it is a fairly forward seated saddle - definitely more appropriate for jumping or XC than dressage. It has a deep seat and forward panels which really allow you to sit on your horse and use your seat very effectively, but does not restrict your form over larger fences. It fits my high withered wide jumper very well, and also my lower withered narrower hunter, just need to add a half pad.
Dislikes: It is a bit of a strange colour...the closest name I can come to it is newmarket, although its a little different than that too...it makes it a little hard to find 'matching' girth and stirrup leathers and bridle etc, but dark brown compliments it very well, I have a bay and a dark bay, not sure it would look very good on a lighter coloured horse. Also, under the stirrup leathers, the colour is rubbing off a bit, but I don't mind because I compete Jumpers, and my leg covers that anyways.
Quality: This saddle is older, since the company doesn't make that brand any more, but other than having the billets replaced (before I bought it) it seems to have stood the test of time wonderfully. Just a note, I think the seat size runs a little small. I ride in a 17, but this is an 18 and seems to feel "tighter" than my old saddle. Not tight in a bad way, but I feel very secure.
Summary: In summary, I wish they were still making this exact saddle, I would love a new one! Although mine has lots of years left in it. I have heard that this saddle was made by the same people as Subbens, and I would believe, it is very similar, and rides in the same way. I would recommend this saddle to anyone who wants to pursue Jumpers as their main discipline.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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