Manufacturer: Dixieland Saddles (View all products by Dixieland Gaited Saddles)
Model: Two Tone LT Butterfly with Special Tooling (View all Two Tone LT Butterfly with Special Tooling reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I decided to go online to purchase a gaited saddle. I own 4 saddles and none of them fit my horse very well. That's what comes of trying to save money, which, in the long run never works. You know, like wanting Godiva chocolate and settling for a Hershey bar. However, after searching and comparing saddle companies (National Bridle w/Tennessean, Imus, and Dixieland) I ordered a Dixieland. I paid $1,168.
Likes: There are so many excellent features about the saddle, for example: the English trooper fenders for freedom of movement and very easy adjustment, the wool felt lining for her Her Royal Highness' comfort, the hand-tooled design inviting me to display a certain snootiness on my part, the butterfly skirt that gives me closer leg contact as well as complimenting my short-back Walker, and most of all the enduro rigging, which can also be rigged traditionally with a rear girth.
Dislikes: Absolutely nothing!
Quality: When I opened the box the saddle came in I thought it was Christmas in March. I've been so used to inexpensive saddles I wasn't quite ready for an explosion of detail, color, and fragrance of leather. The senses were definitely on overload! Just looking at it in the box I could tell that the men who worked to create this eye-candy saddle not only knew what they were doing but incorporated a sense of pride into every detail. Quality jumped out at me.
Summary: All in all I wasn't sure what I might have purchased online - nothing to go by but a picture of a saddle and fancy text to explain the features. For once, I caught the brass ring. And, sports fans, it's American made! OK, last comment. For me it's important to buy American whenever possible. Dixieland Saddles is as American as apple pie and Chevrolet; or is that motherhood? Anyway, the owner, Cynthia Wright, typifies the true American, southern woman who wants her customers to be proud of what her craftsmen design and make. Confident that she has fine gaited saddles at an affordable price that will endure. She told me, "Darlin' if it isn't right, I'll make it right, just call me." Can't ask for more than that. . . well, maybe winning the Lottery but I don't see an 8x10 glossy of that happin' any time soon.
Author: Sidney G
Usefulness Rating: 1.66667 out of 5.
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