Manufacturer: Henri De Rivel (View all products by Henri de Rivel (HDR))
Model: Pro RTF (View all Pro RTF reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle as a demo.
Likes: The RTF (rotate-to-fit) system is so much easier than the saddles that adjust with different gullet plates (who has time to open up the saddle and fight to put it back together - it was always a 2 man/woman job at my house). The RTF system allows you to quickly and easily adjust the gullet angle with a few turns of an Allen wrench. Another great feature of the saddle is very generous gullet width the whole length of the panel. I measure it to be 3" and it doesn't narrow at the back like most other saddles I have tried.
Dislikes: I wish it was wool flocked. There is nothing I would change about the leather quality and overall construction.
Quality: The leather is surprisingly great quality. The seat and knee rolls are SUPER grippy which I love! Overall its a very well put together saddle that Im sure will last many years.
Summary: A great saddle and FABULOUS adjustable gullet system (I can't stress enough how fast and easy it is). The fit of the panel is more suited to a curvier backed horse, if your horse is very flat this will not be a great fit. The back of the panel is upswept which I like for my curvier horse. Overall this saddle has some great features and is great value for the mid range price.
Usefulness Rating: 3.08333 out of 5.
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