Manufacturer: Collegiate (View all products by Collegiate)
Model: Baron 6507 (View all Baron 6507 reviews)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I acquired this saddle at a local tack shop on consignment for 350 dollars.
Likes: This saddle is very well balanced and extremely close contact. I could really feel my horse move underneath me and he became very sensitive to my position in the saddle. It has a pencil knee roll and a padded flap. It also has a small amount of padding behind the thigh. I like that the saddle is not over padded and traps me like newer dressage models. The flap is relatively short for a dressage saddle, 16 inches from the stirrup bar. This is great for me because at 5'4'' I have shorter legs. The pommel of the saddle is cut back, allowing for my horse's giant withers. One thing I like that other's might not is that this saddle feels like riding the horse bareback. While balanced and supportive, you can't cheat in this saddle where you can lean on or be locked in by a heavily padded saddle. I grew up riding in Crosby Prix de Nations where you had to maintain correct equitation to succeed and this saddle has the same feel.
Dislikes: The overgirth on this saddle is oddly placed. Most dressage saddles have an overgirth and they hang in line or overlapping with the girth. On this saddle it hangs a good inch and a half behind the girth. This might explain why I've seen many used Baron's with the overgirth removed. It just isn't aesthetically pleasing and honestly looks weird. The one I bought was brown. I would have preferred black. But honestly, for 350 dollars and having it fit me and my 4 year old horse you can't beat that with a stick. I'll ride in this saddle until the time comes to buy the forever saddle or he changes shape.
Quality: Well designed saddle. I'm sure this saddle is 10 to 15 years old and the stitching is solid. The flaps have worn well and the dye has not rubbed off. The only stitching coming loose is on the overgirth and it is only on one side of the saddle. This may be due to the odd placement of the strap. The leather is substantial and has broken in well.
Summary: This saddle was a great find. I wish they still made them, I would buy a new black one in a heart beat. If you find one, don't pass it up. Give it a try.
Usefulness Rating: 2.4 out of 5.
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