Horse Tack Review


Courbette
Alpina
Close Contact Saddles

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Manufacturer: Courbette
Model: Alpina
Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I bought it from a State Line Tack store for $649: it must have been purchased online and then returned at the store, because they don't carry those in stock normally. It was completely new and showed no marks of use.

Likes: Very attractive saddle, nice coloring. It has a narrower tree that has a memory system, so it fits my narrow, high-withered thoroughbred well, which is difficult to do! The longer flaps are convenient for flat work but the saddle also puts you in a good position for over fences work.

Dislikes: As in the other review, I don't know why this is advertised as a soft seated saddle. I ended up purchasing a fleece seat protector as its seat really isn't very cushiony. It took a while to break in, but even now it's not very comfortable after a long period in the saddle. I recommend buying a seat cover.

Quality: Very well made, I've had it for just 8 months or so and it's in great shape. The leather is very nice.

Summary: Great all-around saddle for schooling and showing, but buy a seat protector/cover if you plan on using it for trails or spending a long time in the saddle!

Rating: 4

Author: Shannon

Date: 2005-12-12

Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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