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Axxis w/ E-motion Tree
Close Contact Saddles

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Manufacturer: Courbette (View all products by Courbette)

Model: Axxis w/ E-motion Tree (View all Axxis w/ E-motion Tree reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I bought this saddle new online for $579 + shipping. It was on sale, and I probably should have taken that as a warning. I figured that the tree would flex to my horse like the company claimed.

Likes: I liked the front and rear blocks that the saddle had, and the fact that it was a close contact model. I also like how the bottom of the sweat flap was cut away so it was even closer contact.

Dislikes: First, the small things... The stitching through the padding on the flaps isn't my favorite thing. I also didn't really like the fact that the rear block was attached by velcro for adjustability, but the velcro patch was so small you couldn't adjust it much anyway. The billets were also very short and I needed a longer girth. Mostly the tree did NOT flex. I only rode in it once, so it probably would have with a little more riding. But it fit my stock horse so poorly (tree point angle too steep, the saddle bridged) to begin with that it wasn't worth trying to ride in it more. I also disliked the Newmarket color which was the only one on sale, but I knew what color I was ordering. I figured the saddle would end up fitting well and that I'd disregard the color.

Quality: The quality is pretty decent I'd say. The leather was nice, but it felt weird... Like, I don't think the flaps were a single piece of nice thick quality leather, but it had a rather funny texture... I'm sure part of that was because it was new and not yer broken in. But I have to say I was somewhat disappointed. I can't explain it, but it really change my opinion of Courbette. I used to really respect the company and think their sales were great. But in my opinion, the newer ones are rather mass produced saddles that aren't nearly as nice as their older counterparts.

Summary: I've notice many of the saddles nowadays have been reduced in quality and instead marketed using new interchangeable gullets and special panels or other special features. But in reality, the leather used isn't as nice, and those special features are never as great as they're made to seem. This saddle wasn't too bad. I could live with the appearance and the quality. I think it would be best for Jumpers or eventing. But I was very disappointed with the e-motion tree and memory flex panel concept. Somebody buying this saddle for a TB would probably be really happy with it because it's on the medium/narrow side with ample wither clearance. But anybody else might be faced with similar problems that I was.

Rating: 3

Author: LV

Date: 2011-01-08

Usefulness Rating: 2.25 out of 5.
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