Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I had been going through the classicly frustrating used saddle search across the internet/world when I found a used 17 inch Butet deep-seat saddle at the local tack store...figures. I unfortunately had to pay 2700, not including taxes, and I have a strong feeling it was overpriced. But I bought it anyway since used Butets are hard to come across.
Likes: I had been looking at a Bruno Delgrange PJ saddle as well and decided to try them both out. The PJ made me feel like I was being bounced out of the saddle, I hated it. On the contrary, when I rode in the Butet I felt right at home. This particular Butet is equipped with thigh and back blocks and the security it gives is great! It's so comfortable and I love the way that I still feel like I know what's going on with my horse. I was hesitant to try out a Butet since I have shorter legs and was afraid the flap would be too long, not so! I ride in a #1 flap and it's perfect for me. The Butet gives a nice ride over fences although it may cause your leg to slide back, but then maybe that's my problem ;) I love how soft it is. I could ride in it all day.
Dislikes: What I don't like about the Butet is that you have to be extra careful in handling it since the leather is easily scratched. You also can't ride in jeans unless you want to purchase a saddle seat saver because the fabric will quickly wear out the leather on the seat.
Quality: This particular saddle was made in 1996. The billets are stretched and there is definite wear on the pommel but otherwise it's in fairly good shape. I LOVE how soft the leather is (other than it being easily scratched). It's the type of leather you would use on your nice couch. The stitching is fine but I will probably need to send it in for a some repairs in the next couple of years.
Summary: Overall, I would have to say that the Butet is my all-time favorite saddle! It's more comfortable than any other brand I've ridden in and it gives me security without being too restrictive or bulky. If you're looking for a high-end saddle to ride seriously in I would recommend the Butet. This saddle is especially popular with hunter riders. From what I've heard it is one of the most popular saddles on the show circuit and since purchasing my Butet I now know why!
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