Manufacturer: Marcel Toulouse (View all products by Marcel Toulouse)
Model: Stadia X/P (View all Stadia X/P reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I bought this used off of Ebay for $405.00 including the MT saddle cover and shipping. It was a Buy it Now that had just been posted. Lucky to get it at this price. It would not have lasted long. I went to the Marcel Toulouse website to get more information, but it appears they do not make this model anymore. I can't seem to find any info about this model anywhere.
Likes: It is extremely comfortable for me. The seat is unbelievable. The leather is butter soft. Nicely broken in, it was well cared for. It's an 18" regular tree. Fits both of my horses, Thoroughbred that has typical withers for her breed, and my stocky Paint with regular withers, and fits them well. I've seen some iffy reviews on Toulouse saddles, but I just don't see any of the negative issues they've talked about. The Stadia was marketed as being great for the long legged rider. I'm 5'4" with a regular leg. I slightly adjusted the moveable Velcro knee block and it fits me great. The leather including the knee rolls still have that real nice grippy feeling. Very secure seat, but nothing that impedes posting. The stitching is all intact and there is no unusual wear. The quality appears very nice and I just adore the comfort for myself.
Dislikes: I honestly have no complaints about the saddle. I wish the Marcel Toulouse website would have information about older models that are not made anymore.
Quality: The stitching is secure and intact. The quality of the leather is Very Nice. It is butter soft, everywhere. Nice channel. The padded knee rolls and the seat are so comfortable AND are tight at the seams with no unsual wear. Keep in mind this saddle is well used. The seat may have a gel pad or something. It is soft and comfortable all the way to the pommel. This saddle appears to have been around the block but looks to be able to go around many more times.
Summary: I would not hesitate to buy a Marcel Toulouse saddle again. It fits my horses, it fits me, it is super comfortable and appears to be of very good quality. I bought this to be a work saddle, but it could easily ride into a high level show ring today.
Author: J. Bowers
Usefulness Rating: 3.125 out of 5.
8 reader(s) voted.
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