Manufacturer: Henri De Rivel (HDR) (View all products by Henri de Rivel (HDR))
Model: Pro Buffalo Event Saddle (View all Pro Buffalo Event Saddle reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle online from the Equestrian Corner for $805.50
Likes: The leather is very soft and supple, and the panels are wool flocked and very comfortable for the horse. It is a very attractive saddle and looks much more expensive than it actually is. The flaps are the perfect shape for equitation or dressage.
Dislikes: There's nothing I don't like about this saddle. My only note is that it is more geared toward flatwork and dressage than jumping, and the pictures that you'll find online look nothing like the actual saddle.
Quality: This saddle is very sturdy and well made. All the stitching is neat and tight, and the leather is very nice quality. The panels are wool flocked, and although the panels are gusseted (the general standard is that gusseted panels tend to fit flatter backed horses), I found that the panels are quite curved and not as flat as I had expected them to be; this saddle actually ended up fitting one of my curvy - backed geldings perfectly, although it was bought for my flat - backed mare. As far as the tree goes, beware that it does run wide. The regular tree is more of a medium - wide and I imagine that the wide tree would be more like an extra wide.
Summary: The only thing I would warn people of is that the saddle looks nothing like the pictures, however it is still a beautiful saddle. The flaps are a dark havana buffalo leather but the seat and knee rolls are an oakbark colored calf leather. Another note is that the flaps are really more suited to dressage and flatwork; not forward enough for jumping at all. I bought this saddle to fit a horse I ride in equitation, but if you buy it expecting for it to be comfortable for all disciplines you may be disappointed. All in all I would say this saddle is superb value for the money, and very comfortable for both horse and rider.
Author: Holly Taylor
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
11 reader(s) voted.
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