Manufacturer: Bates (View all products by Bates)
Model: Isabell (View all Isabell Dressage Saddle reviews)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: Found this through M&M Tack Website used, $1300. I was trialing a 17" saddle which was a bit small, and ended up with this 17.5.
Likes: The Isabell has a very very secure seat, and puts you in a proper position, which is especially important for me as a beginner. I didn't want to have to try to figure out exactly how I should be in the saddle. My instructor said of the saddles I had trialed, this one fit the best and placed me exactly how I should be. I am also impressed with the quality of the leather and the grippiness. I had bought a new Nice dressage saddle and it was so slippery I couldn't grip at all. This one is perfect. One of the biggest and best features is the Cair panels so I know my mare is about as comfortable as I can get her in a saddle, plus I can change the tree as she muscles up. I researched long and hard on which saddle to get and this one seemed to fit the bill best.
Dislikes: I don't know what you call them, but this saddle uses a hooked piece of metal to keep your leathers from sliding off instead of the traditional bar to stop them. It's okay when I'm riding, but if I adjust my stirrup length, the leathers keep coming off if I'm not careful.
Quality: I thought the leather, for not being a brand new saddle, was holding up very well. They seem to get a wrinkle after some use, which I don't know is normal or not, but it's under my leg and I don't feel it so it's okay. I've seen this on a couple used Isabells.
Summary: Great saddle if your budget can afford it. I feel confident that I'll get many years of use out of it, due to its flexibility with tree size and its great workmanship. All around a wonderful saddle! Would definitely buy again in a heartbeat!
Usefulness Rating: 3.54545 out of 5.
33 reader(s) voted.
Tekna S-line Dressage saddle Dressage Saddles
MacRider Challenge Dressage Saddles
Custom Saddlery Steffen Peters Advantage Single Flap Dressage Saddles
double J Double J Pozzi Dressage Saddles
Freeform Treeless dressage Dressage Saddles
Thornhill Germania Klasse Saddle Dressage Saddles
Custom Saddlery Revolution Dressage Saddles
DK Saddlery Bond II and Freedom Dressage Saddles
Custom.Saddlery Revolution Revolution Dressage Saddles
Black Country Vinici X Monoflap Dressage Saddles
Zaldi dressage saddle Dressage Saddles
Kieffer Monarch dressage saddle Dressage Saddles
Erreplus Elena Dressage Saddles
Hermes Corlandus Dressage Saddles
County Connection Dressage Saddles
Karl Niedersuss Olympik Dressage Saddles
County Saddlery Fusion Dressage Saddles
Jeffries Elite Dressage Dressage Saddles
Philippe Fontaine by Stubben Orleans Junior Dressage, 16'' Dressage Saddles
Supra Synthetic Dressage Saddle Dressage Saddles