Manufacturer: Revere Saddlery
Model: Liberty Monoflap
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I had been looking for a new or used dressage saddle for over a year when my trainer mentioned that another student had gotten a Revere Saddle. Revere Saddlery is located in California (we are in Texas)but this student had good luck providing measurements and photos. They sent her a Justice demo saddle that fit her horse and herself perfectly so she bought it. She had also had an extensive search. I contacted them and they sent a demo of the Liberty Monoflap. It fit my horse very well but I wanted a few slight modifications for my fit so I returned it and they built one for me. I paid $3700.
Likes: I wanted a monoflap. I've ridden in several and I feel I get a better feel of the horse underneath me. My horse liked the saddle and seemed a little more free in the shoulders. It has trapezius relief technology that is licensed by JRD. I don't know if this made the shoulder difference but my horse liked it. My horse is 17.2 hands with high withers. For his size he is not that wide in the shoulders. When he brings his back up I can feel it with this saddle. I was having a hard time finding a saddle that fit me. I am 5'8" and 145 lbs but I'm also long from the hip to knee. I wanted a thigh block for security with my horse's big strides. Most of the saddles seem to have huge knee blocks were causing me to develop knee pain or forcing my leg too far back. Some saddles were also so narrow that I developed hip pain. I've had this saddle for over a month now and I haven't gotten sore yet. I also like the fact that the ball of my feet actually fit flat on my stirrups and provide good stability. I didn't realize that I had been on the edge of the stirrups until I rode in this one. I expect that may have to do with correct stirrup bar placement. The Liberty is a deep seat so one of the things I did was get a seat 1/2" bigger than I tried. The owner Justin was also willing to make the blocks a little smaller and make the flap 1/2" more forward. I've been working on correcting my position and this saddle has made that process easier.
Dislikes: They provided a well made saddle cover of good fleece. However it is yellow and gold and that combination is ugliest thing I've ever seen.
Quality: My saddle has buffalo leather on the flaps which I like for durability. The billets are also heavy duty and I'm sure will last a long time. It appears well made.
Summary: I am an amateur rider. I have earned my bronze medal but I'm working on second level with my current horse. If I learned one thing in this rather tedious process was that what fits your trainer or friends may not work for you. There's not really any point in asking someone else what they prefer. Their input seems only relevant as to saddle quality and customer service. In the search process I tried Schleese, Hennig, Sommer, Albion, Corcoron, Antares, and Black Country. One major concern I had was reputation for service and fitting after the sale. Several of the very expensive brand saddles had customers that were furious with the product or fit of their custom saddles. Black Country had an excellent reputation but their saddles just didn't fit me as well. Justin was patient with all of my questions. He was willing to talk with a saddle fitter that came out to check the demo saddle on my horse and was willing to take suggestions about modifying the fit for my needs. The other student who bought a Revere saddle is petite and her horse is smaller and built nothing like mine. I thought Justin did an excellent job of long distance fitting saddles to horses in Texas. The saddle also came with a free adjustment if I should need it in the future.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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