Manufacturer: Allegheny Mountain Trail Saddles
Model: Cascade Wade
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I was on the hunt for the perfect trail saddle for months. I wanted a round skirt for my shorter backed horse, lots of ties and hookups, it had to be the right color, with the right looking seat and horn, let's just say I'm not an easy shopper and do my homework on every saddle I find. A used saddle would have been fine if it fit all of my very specific (sometimes ridiculous) requirements...but that wasn't happening. I stumbled upon Allegheny Mountain Trail Saddles after typing in "Best Trail Saddles." After many attempts of TRYING TO FIND NEGATIVE REVIEWS on them, I found NONE. No one had anything bad to say about these saddles. These gorgeous, custom, hand-made saddles were loved by everyone who had one made. So, I called Staci (such a doll) who handled all of my (many) e-mails, texts, calls and questions. She sent me the Fit-To-Be Seen forms and helped me pick the right tree for my horse. I was not comfortable buying a saddle online just going on an assumption that my horse was either "Full QHB or Semi QHB" For something that I plan on using for years, I want it to be just as comfortable for my horse as I do for myself. After scouring their website, I went for the Cascade Wade, extra string sets, rear tooled girth (also with strings) and the hoof-pick holders. Paid (with shipping) about $1,200 for my fully custom, exactly what I wanted, beautiful saddle.
Likes: This saddle is everything I wanted and looked for but couldn't find anywhere else. The saddle is beautiful Wickett & Craig leather, the tooling I chose (oak leaf/acorn)is gorgeous and loops around the cantle and over my stirrups too! It's custom fitted to my horse thanks to the Fit To Be Seen forms sent out prior to the saddle being made, so it's a perfect fit for my more flat backed gelding and I'm proud I didn't settle on an assumption that he is either Semi QHB or Full QHB when there are so many other variations of horse. And for the price--how could anyone go wrong???
Dislikes: There is nothing I don't like about this saddle. The only problem I foresee is not wanting to get it dirty. Which, after my first ride, I did get it dirty and immediately took it home to clean it back up and have it sitting in my living room again (for my viewing pleasure) until my next ride! I need to learn that just because it's gorgeous does not give me a reason to treat it like glass!!
Quality: Construction is top notch. I've yanked on all the saddle strings to test their strength and have already put it through some paces so I can get over the newness factor and start treating it like a saddle should be treated. I can't wait to put some miles on it once the nice weather gets here!!
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Author: Kristin W.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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