Manufacturer: Black Country (View all products by Black Country)
Model: Vinici Jump (View all Vinici Jump reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: the original "Vinici Jump" model, purchased new, but "off the rack," on sale for 30% off, making it ~$2650 -- from the website of a saddle retailer I don't recall the name of, in 2009 or 2010.
Likes: The balance of this saddle is impeccable, puts me in a perfect position over fences w/o being at all restrictive or "holding" me in position -- it is simply so well balanced that it makes it effortless to stay w/ the horse. It gives an extremely close contact feel, even more so than monoflaps from some other brands, but still provides a secure ride. Mine has reverse doeskin on the seat (and blocks), which is nice and grippy. It can have a somewhat "sensitive" tush at times, as well as horrible back problems that can sometimes bother me while riding, but this saddle is so comfortable I can ride in it for hours and still feel good. It fits my horse well too, I got it originally when he was a 3-4-y/o and the MW tree fit him nicely, but as he filled out and grew into himself the tree needed to be widened -- no problem since it has a traditional wooden spring tree -- I just had the tree & wool flocking adjusted by a professional saddle fitter, and it still fits him great. It has held up fantastically over the years too. I would absolutely not trade this saddle for any other, I love it.
Dislikes: My saddle has reverse doeskin on the seat (and blocks), which was exactly what I thought I wanted at the time (I was so lucky to find that deal!), but after riding in it for 6-7 years, while everything else on it looks practically as good as the day I bought it, the seat has some very minor but extensive surface cracking, in large part due to the delicate reverse doeskin it is covered w/ stretching slightly over time -- were I to buy a new one I would perhaps get the "schrumph" leather on the seat instead, still grippy but much tougher. Speaking of stretching -- the billets were already QUITE long to start, but they, most especially the thin front ones, stretched out even more in the first couple years of using it. At this point the front billet is a full hole longer than the back one. I have had to punch holes in the billets, as much as there was room for, because even w/ my tiny 18" and 20" girths, I could just not get it securely fastened to the smaller, more petite horses I've worked w/.
Quality: Excellent quality! Like I said, for the most part the saddle looks as good as the day I bought it 6-7 years later.
Summary: I love this saddle and wouldn't trade it for any other. Almost everyone who's ridden in it has loved it as well.
Usefulness Rating: 3.2 out of 5.
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