Manufacturer: Courbette (View all products by Courbette)
Model: Alpina (View all Alpina reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I needed a saddle, so I asked around and people seemed to like Courbette. I got my Alpina on Ebay about 7 months ago, slightly used as a demo saddle for $700, although I think they retail for around $1400?
Likes: I LOVE this saddle. It has the lemetex tree feature which has fit any horse from my 14.3hh gelding to an 16.2hh Appendix, very well! It is very comfortable and really helps my position. Before I got this saddle I always rode with a chair seat in many other saddles, but now I am able to easily keep my leg under me. I've gotten complimented on how well my eq looks now!
Dislikes: The only thing I don't like about the Alpina, is how the flaps don't provide very much grip, but when you attach the thigh block it keeps your leg from slipping so it really isn't a problem. The only other thing is how the flaps are a little small for me, although I am 5'7 and have fairly long legs. I just wish they were more forward.
Quality: The leather on this saddle is very nice and supple. I love the colour too I have the chocolate one and it matches lots of other tack which is nice. There is some normal fading at on the flaps where the stirrups rub, and on the side jockeys, but all in all a very well built and quality saddle.
Summary: This is my favourite saddle, I'd definitely buy another Courbette. Very nice hunter or jumpers saddle. Puts the rider in the correct, balanced position and fits my horse like a glove!
Author: Courbette Alpina
Usefulness Rating: 3.375 out of 5.
8 reader(s) voted.
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