Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I am a "barn mom" and bought a "used" Kieffer Wein dressage saddle on ebay for my 14 year old daughter. Her instructor recommended the brand. The seller was in England (we are in the US) so negotiating the price and shipping with the exchange rate was a bit tricky but WOW we got a deal! I paid $650 for the saddle and $125 for the shipping which took only 2 days. I don't think we could have gotten a better deal anywhere else!
Likes: The saddle arrived FLAWLESS. I don't think it could be any nicer "new." It is positively beautiful! The leather is as soft as any I have ever felt. There is plenty of padding in knee blocks, flaps, etc. but not TOO much. My daughter rides in a Stubben Edelweiss for jumping so she wanted a classy looking dressage saddle but not one that would limit her movement too much like some of the high end brands. My daughter LOVES the saddle and now everyone in the barn wants one too! She has a 16.5" Stubben Edelweiss so I got the 17.5" Kieffer Wein for dressage. It is plenty big (with room to grow) so I would say it runs perhaps a tad big. If I had bought a 17 inch it would have been OK. One thing I really like about the saddle is that the leg flaps are not ridiculously long. It fits my just under 5'2" daughter perfectly as well as her 5'6" friend.
Dislikes: Neither my daughter nor her trainer can find anything wrong with this saddle!
Quality: Unbelievably soft, smooth and flawless leather of the highest quality! We bought this saddle "used" but you would never know it. There is plenty of cushioning, correctly placed knee blocks and a nice deep seat. The medium sized gullet is plenty wide for a Thoroughbred (MW would have been too large). Inf act, this dressage saddle is designed FOR a Thoroughbred and you can tell!
Summary: I don't think we could have found a better saddle if we spent 3x as much. With care I expect my daughter will have this saddle for life---its THAT good. Not everyone is lucky enough to buy a used saddle that is in such perfect condition, but when you buy a quality brand it should hold up well if taken care of. Before this my daughter was in love with her Stubben Edelweiss but if Kieffer makes a jump saddle I bet that's what she would want next!
Author: Barn Mom
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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