Horse Tack Review

Submit your reviews! We will be giving away a pair of the HandsOn Grooming Gloves for the best review posted from now until November 31st. Please sign up below for the November 1, 2016 newsletter for additional information on how to enter.

English Trail Saddle/All Purpose
All Purpose Saddles

For Sale on eBay

For Sale on Amazon

Manufacturer: Hilason (View all products by Hilason Saddlery)

Model: English Trail Saddle/All Purpose (View all English Trail Saddle/All Purpose reviews)

Category: All Purpose Saddles

Purchase: I bought it on eBay for somewhere around $350.

Likes: I certainly don't like very much about it, other than it looks nice at first glance. It looks like it might have the potential to be comfortable to sit in and it does have a deep seat.

Dislikes: What don't I like! I ordered a 17" (which I always ride in) and although it measures 17", it's way too small for me. I asked for the gullet measurement before ordering and I was told 7". Technically, it measures 7", but that's not how it fits because it has WAY too much stuffing in the panels. It's made for wide horses, but it's not wide enough for my super wide Appaloosa. It certainly doesn't fit my average sized horse either (rolls & moves around).

Quality: The leather is really cheap, although the seat is well padded. I found a loose nail (where there probably shouldn't be one anyway). The saddle is way over padded in the panels and I don't even think it's even! The gullet narrows slightly toward the middle, and then back out again. I would be very surprised if this saddle fit any horse. Even if it appeared to fit, I would be worried about it making the horse sore over time. I read a comment on some forum that the saddles are made in India and cheap labor is used (not made by saddle makers). I wish I had done more in-depth research before my purchase.

Summary: The stirrups that come with it are not standard English stirrups, but I guess they could be classified as a trail style? But they didn't come with the stirrup pads like they were supposed to. I contacted the company, but they never did send them. Because the stirrups aren't standard, I can't buy pads for them anywhere. I have thrown the stirrups out because they are useless. The company talked me out of sending the saddle back and trying to sell it locally (insisting I could get a higher price for it, lol). I decided to try selling it locally because of the cost of shipping it back and the restocking fee. I haven't had any luck in unloading the saddle on anyone yet. I might have to take a loss on this one. :( I would advise looking for a good used saddle or even a good synthetic saddle before trying one of these. I was very disappointed. Making and marketing saddles for wide and gaited horses is a great idea, but quality is important. This company is not doing the horse industry any favors, at least with this particular saddle.

Rating: 1

Author: Unhappy rider

Date: 2011-03-23

Usefulness Rating: 3.14286 out of 5.
14 reader(s) voted.

Please give us your opinion..

Click Here To Submit Your Own Review

Other Reviews You May Find Interesting

Ghost Ghost Firenze All Purpose Saddles
Syd hill and sons Australian stock saddle Suprema drafter poly All Purpose Saddles
Ernst Goedicke English Sadle Original All Purpose Saddles
Ghost Treeless Quevis All Purpose Saddles
Stockman bush rider saddle Bush rider All Purpose Saddles
Fairfax Thorowgood All Purpose Saddles
DixieLand Saddle Endurance Skirt All Purpose Saddles
JC Martin Wade Saddle All Purpose Saddles
CTK Saddlery G120 All Purpose Saddles
Duett Saddlery Companion Fox Hunter All Purpose Saddles
Duett Saddlery saddle All Purpose Saddles
American/BigHorn Saddlery American/BigHorn Saddlery All Purpose Saddles
Thorowgood All Purpose Like the T4 model All Purpose Saddles
Sensation Saddle Hybrid All Purpose Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Dixieland Gaited Saddle All Purpose Saddles
thornhill jeorge canaves all purpose All Purpose Saddles
Jeff Smith working cow/ ranch saddle All Purpose Saddles
Wintec / Bates 2000 All Purpose (Original Monoflap) All Purpose Saddles
Wintec 500 AP All Purpose Saddles