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.
Author: Unhappy rider
Usefulness Rating: 3.13333 out of 5.
15 reader(s) voted.
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