Manufacturer: Courbette (View all products by Unknown)
Model: Husar (View all n/a reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle used with fittings for $400 in 2012 from CM Tack in Shawnee, KS. I bought it because I outgrew my Collegiate Graduate.
Likes: This is my favorite saddle that I've ever had, and I never thought I would like anything better than I did my Collegiate Graduate! This saddle is quality made, has stood the test of time (Courbette told me it was made in 1980, and it is still going strong!), is very comfortable, and fits a wide variety of horses. It has a deep seat, knee and thigh blocks, and suede padded knee rolls, so it's very secure, but it doesn't make you feel held in or like it's too much saddle, even after having ridden in a plain flap saddle for years. The security is there, but it doesn't get in the way of your riding. I've also trail ridden in this saddle, and it's definitely comfortable enough for it!
Dislikes: There's nothing I dislike about this saddle!
Quality: Wonderful old world quality! 38 years after it was made, the stitching is intact (save for one side of a stirrup leather keeper, where it came undone, but that is so minor that it doesn't even concern me; that is the only thing that has gone wrong with this saddle!), the leather is in great condition, and the tree is sound. The leather is thicker and more durable than most (but still soft and pliable), and is comparable to old world Stübben (I believe that at the time this saddle was made, Stübben and Courbette had their saddles made in the same two factories in Germany and Switzerland). It's very well designed and put together, and the foam panels are still in good shape as well.
Summary: This is the best saddle purchase of my life, and I highly recommend them! It's a shame they are no longer made, especially like this one!
Usefulness Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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