Manufacturer: Royal King
Model: Rb Auto Adjust Extreme Flex Saddle
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: Bought new on Ebay for about $560 + shipping. I have a horse whose shoulder muscles were very uneven and thus lopsided from side to side. Horse has low withers, narrow shoulders but very wide flat barrel and was extremely sensitive about saddle fit. Horse would actually lay down rigged up if the saddle did not fit correctly. I had tried changeable gullets on this horse, but she refused to ride in an English saddle of any sort.
Likes: I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the saddle looked when I received it. I got the square skirt light oil with roughout seat. The fenders were easily adjusted at maximum shortness to my 5'3" height in a 15.5" saddle size. The saddle seat was softly padded so the seat is pretty comfortable. It seemed to flex in the same manner as a more expensive Orthoflex that I looked at that a friend owns. The most important thing is that my horse actually liked the saddle and it seemed to fit and not slip. I have used it on her for almost 2 years now riding several times a week and the saddle looks almost new. I have used it to ride a couple of other horses ranging from very wide flat backs of a draft paint cross to a high withered narrow chested saddlebred and all of the horses seemed to like the fit of the saddle. I was concerned about slipping on the horse with the flex tree, but so far this has not happened. I was able to get rid of a few older western saddles that seemed to fit very few of my horses so it freed up space in my tack room.
Dislikes: The saddle is not light, I would guess around 30lbs. So it is definitely heavier and harder to hoist up on to a tall horse compared to an english saddle. The silver trim is cheap looking, so I switched it out. The dye on the tie strap bleeds in the beginning, so be sure and don't use a real good pad at first.
Quality: The construction and quality of the leather was surprisingly good. Not the typical card board leather with painted on color that I was expecting at this price range. The silver trim is cheap. The stitching has held up well, leather seems fairly soft and after 2 years showing minor wear in the roughout seat.
Summary: This saddle was a great deal for the price. Most people think I spent about 3 times more on this saddle, it looks that nice. This saddle seems to be accepted by a variety of different sized horse conformations. It has held up well being used on a regular basis for over 2 years. It is comfortable for the horse and the rider. Overall, this saddle was worth every penny and I would buy another one if there comes a time this one ever gets worn out.
Usefulness Rating: 4.70588 out of 5.
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