Manufacturer: Forestier (View all products by Forestier)
Model: Ilium Mono Flap Saddle (View all Ilium Mono Flap Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this about 2 years ago.
Likes: The calf leather is superb to ride on and to look at. The balance of the saddle is fantastic, therefore, your stability is very good and your riding position helped by this. In the jumping position your leg remains stable and you in balance. This has been brilliant for me as I have a horse that likes to jump around and i have never felt so secure. It has turned my riding around.
Dislikes: The downside to buying one of these saddles is if you have a problem. My osteopath recongnised that the saddle had a defect on on one side causing a problem for my horse. I had to return it to the person I bought it from, he in turn had to return it to France to Forestier.Luckily he was going there anyway, so took the saddle with him. Forestier denied there was a problem, but went on to fix the issue ??? Had it not been taken to France then brought back by the seller it would have been very difficult indeed to get this rectified. I was also extremely disappointed by their response as this was a genuine fault. These saddles are an expensive purchase and although I can say I love mine I would warn anyone else to proceed with caution. My friend purchased one at the same time and waited for months for her fitting issue to be dealt with.
Quality: The Ilium is built on a semi hollow tree and has a good sized gullet. The beautiful calf leather adds qualtily and looks to this well balanced saddle. The saddle is foam filled and light weight.
Summary: I would not be without mine. I do worry about what happens when I need something done to it, or if the foam filling needs attention in the future. I guess I will have to cross that bridge when I come to it.
Usefulness Rating: 3.35 out of 5.
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