Close Contact
Close Contact Saddles

For Sale on eBay

Manufacturer: Equi-bette
Model: Close Contact
Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: After outgrowing my old saddle, I rode for three years in the owner of the horse I ride's butet. When she moved to Florida, I found myself stuck with nobody else having a saddle I fit in. I finally had to go and hunt down a saddle I could afford that would fit both my fat behind and the fat back of the oaf of a warmblood I ride. I went to Libertyville Saddle Shop and bought an Equi-bette close contact on clearance there for $475.

Likes: It's fairly comfortable, with pretty good balance and a comfortably narrow twist. The leather is pretty good quality, although when I bought it the leather was so cardboard stiff that I was very worried I was making a mistake. Several hundred oilings later, and the leather is much nicer. The saddle is made in spain, and certainly was worth the price.

Dislikes: The billet leather is pretty cheap, much less quality than the rest of the saddle. There's already been some cracking on the billets, which, considering the short time I've owned the saddle, concerns me a little. The rest of the saddle is made of much better quality leather. The seat is a little too deep for a flat flapped close contact for my taste, but that's just my preference. The pommel is cutback, which I don't like, again, preference... the only saddles in my mind that should have a cut back pommel is a Lane Fox!

Quality: Not bad construction, but wouldn't compare to a Beval. Nice tree with good balance, mid-line leather quality which gets nicer the more it breaks in. The wide tree fits Ivan really well, and the 18" seat fits my behind nicely.

Summary: Overall it was good for the price and is a workable saddle for me to use. If I had $2000, I'd buy myself a Butet, but being a college student struggling to pay for her share of board and lessons, this is a nice enough saddle to use and ride without sending me to a debtor's prison.

Rating: 4

Author: Cara Litberg

Date: 2005-11-15

Usefulness Rating: 4 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.

Please give us your opinion..

Other Reviews You May Find Interesting 

Beval Artisan Close Contact Saddles
Dover Circuit Premier Apex Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Dover Circuit Premier Special EQ Close Contact Saddles
Forestier Ilium Mono Flap Saddle Close Contact Saddles
M. Toulouse Annice Platinum Buffalo Leather Close Contact Saddles
Beval Artisan Close Contact Saddles
Santa Cruz Centuro Saddle Santa Cruz Centuro medium tree Close Contact Saddles
Toulouse Annice Printed Leather Close Contact Saddles
Duett Presto Close Contact Saddles
Camelot Close Contact Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Bates Hunter Jumper Close Contact Saddles
Kincade close contact saddle Close Contact Saddles
Hermes Stein Kraut Close Contact Saddles
Collegiate Diploma with gullet change system Close Contact Saddles
Camelot Close Contact Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Heritage Bespoke Yin-Yang Inner Balance Jumper/Eventer Monoflap Close Contact Saddles
Bates Caprilli Close Contact, Long Flap Close Contact Saddles
Prestwick made in England close contact Close Contact Saddles
Wintec Wintec 500 Close Contact Saddle-Caramel Close Contact Saddles
Santa Cruz Justin Close Contact Saddles

2004-2012 Horse Tack Review

 Horse Tack Reviews
 Submit Your Own Review!
 Search Review Database
 All Reader Reviews
 Staff Reviews
 Submit a Product for Review

 English Tack Reviews
 Dressage Saddles
 Jumping Saddles
 Close Contact Saddles
 All Purpose Saddles
 English Saddle Fittings/Pads
 English Bridles
 English Bridle Accessories
 English Show Apparel
 English Casual Apparel
 English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
 English Miscellaneous

 Western Tack Reviews
 Barrel Saddles
 Reining Saddles
 Roping Saddles
 Show Saddles
 Trail Saddles
 Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
 Western Bridles
 Western Bridle Accessories
 Western Show Apparel
 Western Casual Apparel
 Western Chaps/Boots/Hats
 Western Miscellaneous

 Horse Gear Reviews
 Horse Boots and Wraps
 Horse Health and Well Being
 Horse Apparel
 Horse Treats
 Horse Miscellaneous

 Barn & Stable Reviews
 Fly Control
 Grooming Equipment
 Stable Accessories
 Tack Room
 Training Equipment
 Barn and Stable Misc

 Barn and Stable Articles
 English Articles
 Feature and Misc Articles
 Grooming Articles
 Horse Care & Health Articles
 Horse Related Gift Articles
 News and Events
 Training Articles
 Western Articles

 Other Features
 About Us / Contact Information
 Articles & Subjects By Date
 Article Archives
 Join Our Mailing List
 Privacy Policy