Manufacturer: Carlyle (View all products by Carlyle)
Model: All Purpose Saddle (View all All Purpose Saddle reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I had been riding for quite a few years and decided I was tired of riding in my trainer's uncomfortable saddles and it was time to get my own. I set out to find a nice saddle for a decent price and bought a Kincade Close Contact saddle, complete with leathers, stirrups, and girth for $150. It fit my Quarter Horse fine, but did not fit my stocky Paint pony well at all. I found this saddle new at a horse show and traded the owner my Kincade saddle + $50 and got to keep my fittings. I went online later and found this saddle new for $600--what a steal!
Likes: This saddle fit my Paint pony nicely, and he has never shown any signs of dislike towards this saddle. The knee rolls are cushy, and the seat is comfortable to sit in. I ride mostly Hunter/Pleasure, and this saddle works well when I show.
Dislikes: The seat can become uncomfortable after riding for a while--sometimes after a particularly long lesson my seat is sore--and the first few times I rode in this saddle the color did rub off onto my breeches--I would recommend wearing older pants or breeches to break this saddle in--but other than that no complaints for this saddle!
Quality: Stitching has held up well in the time I've had it, and the seat/pommel area has only a few minor scuffs. The billets seem a bit more flimsy, but they haven't broken or ripped...yet. Overall a nice quality saddle.
Summary: I really like this saddle. It is relatively comfortable, and of good quality. If you could get it for cheap like I did, I would highly recommend it--great value for the price--but I'm not sure I would pay a full $600 for this saddle.
Usefulness Rating: 3.125 out of 5.
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