Manufacturer: Zaldi (View all products by Zaldi)
Model: Top Jump (View all Top Jump reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I ordered it after the Zaldi representative at Dark Horse Saddlery, Alberta, Canada measured my horse. I paid $2700. I chose it because she recommended it and said it fit. My mare was somewhat difficult to fit, having been ridden in an inverted frame before I got her, causing her back to hollow. She claimed this one would fit, but ordered it in a 31, even though the demo was a 32 and was not too wide. Stupid me for believing her, I know. It arrived and bridged so bad I could put my whole hand in there, with her standing normally, not hollowing. It pinched her shoulders so much you couldn't even fit a pad in there. It was so long it was past her last rib and pressing on her loins. Dark Horse denied all of these points and then blamed me for not being willing to do the work to change my horses back in order that it might one day fit the saddle. I did not buy a saddle expecting it to maybe fit in a year or two. If that's what was needed she should have said. She also claims there isn't a saddle in the world that will fit my horse as she is, but she is wrong. I found one. Who buys a saddle and then expects the horse to have to change in order to fit the saddle?
Likes: It's a nice colour.
Dislikes: The leather is slippery. It doesn't fit my horse. What I hate the most is that the fitter will not admit she made a mistake and sold me a saddle that will never in a million years fit my horse. Now I'm out $2700 and no way of getting it back because she claims it was a custom order. If I'd been the one to measure my horse, that would be reasonable, but I wasn't, so why should I pay for her mistake?
Quality: The leather is sturdy but extremely slippery.
Summary: If you have any sense, don't buy from Dark Horse Saddlery. She will insult you and blame you for her inability to correctly measure a horse.
Usefulness Rating: 3.625 out of 5.
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