Manufacturer: Circle Y (View all products by Circle Y)
Model: Kenny Harlow Cedar Run Trail Flex2 Saddle (View all Kenny Harlow Cedar Run Trail Flex2 Saddle reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle new from HorseSaddleShop.com on sale for about $1800. I have a massive (tall and wide) gelding, and have spent more on saddles over the past several years than I ever did on the horse. And (of course) every time I found a saddle that fit him, it didn't fit me. I did a lot of research into the Flex2 tree, and decided it was worth a shot. I bought it with a 15" seat and a wide bar.
Likes: This is hands down the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden in. The seat is like riding on a pillow, and it holds you in enough, while allowing you to still move for seat cues. I took it out of the box and went for a 3 hour trail ride and for the first time had no knee or back pain. (Hip pain is inevitable when you ride a barrel for a horse). Needless to say, my gelding is not the smoothest of rides, but this saddle made things so much better. I also love the flex tree. My gelding has had perfect sweat marks after each ride, and it fits my other horses as well.
Dislikes: There are 2 thing that I wasn't thrilled about. First, the stirrups leathers are plastic with leather reinforcement over the holes, which I was not expecting. I suppose it really doesn't matter in the long run, but I still would prefer all leather. Second, the saddle cam with nylon billets. I know this is a minute detail, but I found that until I swapped them for leather I had troubles with saddle slippage. Also worth mentioning is the length of the stirrup leathers. I have long legs (about a 35-36" inseam...yes, buying jeans is a real joy), but I am 2 holes from the bottom. So anyone with long legs might want to check into this before buying.
Quality: This is truly a well-made saddle. I was hesitant, because I had seen some of Circle Y's new saddles, and was less than impressed. The softee leather was just that, and I have no concerns about the saddle wearing out. I bought the dark oil, and some of the dye wears off on your jeans (this happened with another new dark oil saddle that I had, so I guess it goes with the territory).
Summary: I love this saddle! I've considered buying another one for my other horse...
Usefulness Rating: 2.875 out of 5.
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