Manufacturer: HDR (View all products by Henri de Rivel (HDR))
Model: Pro Close Contact Saddle (View all Pro Close Contact Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I got this saddle from Horse Loverz and paid about 700 dollars and it was on sale. I got this saddle because when i bought my horse we bought an old crosby for 400 dollars because we didn't know if i was gonna stay with riding or not. after a year of use it started to make my bum hurt as it had practically no padding on the seat and no knee rolls...... so i wanted a saddle that had a lot of cushion for that reason and that my horse is a little bumpy ( stride wise )
Likes: definitely comfy and fits my horse well. she has definitely improved with this saddle. not just her attitude ( she was a little wild when we got her ) but her form and eagerness to jump and listen and concentrate with her flat work. it also improved her overall comfiness. also this saddle cleans up nicely. when you clean it it looks like it gets darker but leave it for a couple of hours and it turns back to its original color.
Dislikes: when your horse starts to sweat a brownish-red dye gets on your saddle pad but when you wash it you can barley even see it. the leather is also still a bit stiff even after a year of hard riding. also the stirrup leathers are kinda hard to pull out of the stirrup bar when lengthening or shortening your stirrups and though it is an overall fairly stable saddle it puts you a little off balance sometimes.
Quality: the pommel seems to be shifted to one side and that is probably why it puts me a little off balance( and why it was on sale ) and the stitching near the back of the cantle ends a little early on the right side
Summary: an overall good saddle but always go on trial or test ride first with any saddle happy ridings!!!!!! =)
Author: maddie and pepper =)
Usefulness Rating: 3.46154 out of 5.
26 reader(s) voted.
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