Manufacturer: Balance International
Model: General Purpose, jump tendency
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle online for $820. I bought it because I need a very wide saddle. This one offered a complete padding system with it to allow adjustments for fit. I was having trouble fitting my wide Arab/appy boy.
Likes: Very attractive saddle. Extremely comfortable. Puts the rider closer to the horse for better communication. Very well constructed with the highest quality leather. It came with a complete set of pads to appropriately fit the changing body of a horse in training. These pads allow for a continued perfect fit as they horse developed more muscle. Very very well made by Frank Baines expert saddle makers.
Dislikes: Absolutely nothing. It is pretty, durable, comfortable.
Quality: It is very well made, leather is great, does not readily show wear. Billets are strong.
Summary: Just a very good saddle and padding system. I have read that the Parelli Fluidity saddles are patterned after the Frank Baines Balance International. Not sure, but that is what I have read. Don't hesitate, especially for anything under $1200. New these saddles are $2000+++. I got a very good buy.
Usefulness Rating: 2.625 out of 5.
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