Manufacturer: Arc de Triomphe (View all products by Arc De Triomphe)
Model: Gazelle (View all Gazelle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I came to find this saddle by pure luck: right place, right time. A barn acquaintance's daughter had decided she wanted out of riding and therefore mom wanted the saddle out of the house. I paid all of $400 for my saddle without any prior knowledge of the brand or its quality. I knew I needed one, cheaply, and I knew she had one, so sold.
Likes: I was pleasantly surprised to quickly find the saddle was on the high-end of the middle "tier" of french-made saddles, retailing for roughly $2000. The saddle oiled and conditioned right back to a soft, butter like consistency and the front blocks were still intact, and did their job to secure my leg, while the rear blocks had been removed. The tree is a generous medium and fits a wide variety of horses, with the exception of my new acquired OTTB who is simply too narrow. Its a beautiful nut color that has oiled and aged to be beautiful, and after almost 10 years of use still holds up as good as it did when I bought it 8 years ago.
Dislikes: The seat was slightly deeper than what I personally prefer in a jumping saddle, but its my understanding that ADT makes a flatter seat option. Other than that, I really have zero complaints and have actually been riding in this saddle for almost a decade despite my knowledge that I need a bigger seat all because I do not wish to part with it.
Quality: Hand-strung tree, foam flocked, french made, quality leather. The gullet is wide, although not tall. Ideal for your wider horses, not recommended for the narrow guys.
Summary: Excellent saddle for the french enthusiast who is looking for a budget friendly option!
Author: Megan Hartley
Usefulness Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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