Manufacturer: Zaldi (View all products by Zaldi)
Model: jump saddle (View all Jump Saddle reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle a couple years ago from Dark Horse Saddlery in Alberta. I bought it because the owner (who claims to be a saddle fitter) recommended it. It was about $2500. I chose Zaldi because they claim to fit the wider warmblood type horse better and especially allow their shoulders better movement.
Dislikes: It does not fit. It is too tight on my horse's shoulders and does not allow them to freely move. The owner is incompetent and should not be allowed to call herself a saddle fitter. When I told her the saddle did not fit she claimed that my horse's conformation was at fault. Seriously? A horse's conformation does not change- if my horse's shape was wrong for the saddle, shouldn't she have realized that when she saw him? It's not like he changed in the months between ordering the saddle and receiving it. Not only that, but she never even offered to make adjustments to it. What kind of saddle fitter doesn't make adjustments? She has some nerve calling herself a fitter when all she really is is a seller. I had an independent fitter out and she said it's so far beyond the realm of fitting that it's useless to even try. I wanted to send it back but she has a no return policy. Now I've been stuck with a piece of junk taking up space in my tack room for the past two years. I've been trying to sell it privately but the rest of the world must be smarter than me as I've had zero interest in it.
Quality: Below average. If you really want to spend that much money on one of these saddles you'd better be prepared to save some money in the budget for a ton of leather conditioner (the leather is stiff and dry), and a pair of really sticky full seat breeches (the leather is as slippery as a skating rink!).
Summary: Don't buy Zaldi. Especially don't buy from Dark Horse Saddlery. Dishonest, incompetent, and rude besides.
Usefulness Rating: 4.2 out of 5.
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