Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I purchased my saddle from Nancy Temple on the Duett website. She was very helpful in finding and sending the correct width for my very wide Fjord horse. I had tried numerous wide dressage saddles that were too narrow for my horse's back. She fit in a 38 cm. I paid about $1400.00.
Likes: First of all the fit was beautiful on my mare's back. This saddle gives a TON of shoulder room, which many other models did not allow. My mare has mutton withers, but big shoulders and has the classic sofa back. I was able to set the saddle back off her shoulders, and noticed IMMEDIATE improvement in her movement. She was like a whole new horse. For me the seat is exceptionally comfortable, allowing for a natural dressage leg position.
Dislikes: This is not really a fault, but for those of you who need buffalo, or some other expensive leather the flaps do not come in buffalo. The flaps are stiff, but break in nicely.
Quality: Quality is very good. The seat is covered in a very nice tacky type of leather. The flaps are good quality leather that stand up to abrasion. For me they have not been slick. Boots and half chaps adhere well to keep the leg still. The panels are covered in the same type of leather as the seat, pliable soft, excellent quality. The leather accepts conditioners and cleaners. I do not use any oil, just glycerin based products.
Summary: If i had not found this saddle, i would not be riding my young horse. I am a firm believer that the saddle must fit both the horse and rider. I will keep this saddle for years. It has a non-restrictive seat, allowing more freedom, but still provides great comfort and stability for the rider. I have never been unseated in it yet (knock on wood. Great saddle at a great price. I love mine, and hope you love yours too. Enjoy.
Author: Fjord Lover
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.
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