Horse Tack Review


Dover Saddlery
Elite XC Saddle
Close Contact Saddles

For Sale on eBay

Manufacturer: Dover Saddlery
Model: Elite XC Saddle
Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I needed a new saddle after the tree of my old Collegiate broke. I purchased this saddle from my local Dover store. It was on sale for $699.

Likes: It is made with very durable leather and well constructed. I like the balance of the saddle. It puts my leg in a very nice position and I feel very secure. While I usually prefer a flatter seat, I in no way feel trapped in this saddle. I love that the knee and thigh blocks are adjustable. I removed them completely, but it is nice to have the option. I got the regular tree and, with padding adjustments, will fit all 3 of our horses who range from a med-narrow to a med-wide build.

Dislikes: This saddle does not have a narrow twist. It was designed by a man and the width does take some getting used to. Some of the dye did rub off on my pants during the initial break-in period. Because it is a heavier leather, the break-in period took a week or so longer than a softer saddle.

Quality: This is a well-built saddle. My main concern was durability and it has met my expectations beautifully. The tree also has Dover's lifetime warranty against breakage.

Summary: I wanted a saddle that fit my horse, would stand up to training, trails, and occasional abuse. This is not a $3000 saddle. This is a $700 saddle. For the money, it is a very nice, balanced ride and I look forward to many years from it.

Rating: 5

Author: Kate

Date: 2011-06-19

Usefulness Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
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