Griffin Extra Wide Broadback Dressage
Dressage Saddles

For Sale on eBay

Manufacturer: Thorowgood
Model: Griffin Extra Wide Broadback Dressage
Category: Dressage Saddles

Purchase: I ordered this from Dover in May 2005. It did take over a month to arrive as it was a new model that wasn't even in stock yet. It cost about $500. I ordered it for my very wide Morgan mare. I used the templates from the Thorowgood website and a flexicurve to measure her. She measured a bit wider than their extra-wide size, the widest size on the template. The Extra Wide Broadback adjusts from xx-wide without inserts to x-wide with inserts.

Likes: I like that it has a bit of adjustability. For the wider setting you leave the red plastic Fish inserts out, for the narrower you put them in. It is much easier and faster to change than the Wintec easy change gullets. With a teeny bit of practice you can swap it in 2 minutes between riding different horses. I like the synthetic suede seat and knee rolls. They add a bit of grip and look nice. The saddle also has a stylish square cantle. I can't remember even seeing another dressage saddle with a square cantle (like on a close contact saddle) but I really like how it looks. I like that the seat is not deep compared to most dressage saddles. I really dislike riding in saddles with very deep seats, I feel way too locked into place. I like the shape of the seat very much, it is well balanced. This saddle is very light, substantially lighter than my other synthetic, a Wintec Close Contact. Without the stirrup irons attached it seems like it weighs nothing at all!

Dislikes: It doesn't fit my very wide Morgan as well as I had hoped. Without the Fish inserts, at the XX-wide setting, the gullet does in fact fit her. However it doesn't fit farther back and causes a bit of a pressure point under the cantle. I seldom use it on her. The good news is that it does fit my pony pretty well! When I put in the inserts to narrow it a bit it fits her quite nicely (note that she is still a wide-ish horse, she takes the Wintec extra-wide gullet). So the pony has "inherited" this saddle from the Morgan. The seat is a bit harder than I like. The seats of my County Warmblood and Wintec Close Contact are both softer and more comfortable. The flaps seem a bit stiff and still have a sort of funny poof to them. Even after taking out the removable knee blocks the knee roll area is more built up than I like (I prefer saddles with no knee blocks/roll or maybe a very think pencil knee roll). I am not crazy about the plastic synthetic leather on much of the flaps, I think I would prefer it if the whole saddle was the suede-like material.

Quality: The construction and quality are good. It is a fairly attractive saddle for the price, however I do think most Wintecs look better than the Thorowgoods.

Summary: This is a decent synthetic saddle but not top-notch. I prefer Wintecs to Thorowgoods, Wintecs are more comfortable and more attractive. I chose it only because Wintec does not make a dressage saddle wide enough for my Morgan. If I had known it really wouldn't fit the Morgan right anyhow and that I would end up using it for the pony I would have skipped the Thorowgood and gotten a Wintec 500 Dressage.

Rating: 3

Author: Katie

Date: 2005-12-23

Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.

Please give us your opinion..

Other Reviews You May Find Interesting 

Thornhill Pro-Am Dressure Dressage Saddles
Hildalgo Sattel Hidalgo Venice I Dressage saddle Dressage Saddles
Heritage (bespoke) Saddlery The Cheshire County" VSD Saddle. Dressage Saddles
Ascot Dressage Saddle Dressage Dressage Saddles
Hildalgo Sattel vienna 1 Dressage Saddles
M. Toulouse Larissa Genesis Dressage Saddles
Windsor Elite Dressage Dressage Saddles
Kieffer Malmo Dressage Saddles
Thornhill Vienna II (Jorge Canavas) Dressage Saddles
Crosby Crosby Sofride Prix St George Dressage Saddles
Custom Saddlery Coronado Dressage Saddles
Schleese Link II Dressage Saddles
Hermes Corlandus Dressage Saddles
Smith Worthington Danzig Dressage Saddles
Leon Liversage Saddles Eduro Sport Light Dressage Saddles
Collegiate Monarch Dressage Saddles
Berney Brothers Kildare Dressage Saddles
Thornhill Pro Trainer bridle Dressage Saddles
Amerigo Cervia Dressage Dressage Saddles
Niedersuss Allegro Dressage 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