Manufacturer: Thorowgood (View all products by Thorowgood)
Model: Maxam (View all Maxam reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: Bought at Greenhawks in Ontario on sale with fittings for around $400 Canadian as sort of an in-between saddle because nothing seemed to fit my new horse and i needed to start riding!
Likes: It's really easy to clean, it fit my VERY high withered thoroughbred nicely, which was a relief because I'd already tried four saddles which didn't fit, and needed to be able to ride her. I could take it cross country and get it all wet and muddy, which I something I always used it for after I got a really nice show saddle later on.
Dislikes: I didn't fit in it comfortably. I had a 17.5" which lengthwise fit me more than fine, my next saddle was actually a 17", but for some reason my seatbones seemed to rest wrong and sitting trot was very uncomfortable unless i leaned forward- so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who wanted to use it for dressage as well as jumping. And it SQUEAKS!! I don't know if it was because i had the matching synthetic rubbers, maybe with leather ones it wouldn't be so bad- but I swear you could hear me squeaking on the other side of the country. Very embarassing. I would definitely never show in it. I know all synthetic saddles make a little noise, but this was way beyond that. Overall, me and my friends that have used it didn't find it very comfortable. My horse seemed to like it though, and she didn't sweat very much under the saddle. I didn't mind it TOO much for jumping, although it doesn't make you feel very secure. But dressage was HELL.
Quality: I'm not too sure about how durable it is, as since I got my new saddle I've only used it for particularly muddy/wet/rough trail rides. I think I might have overpaid for it in my opinion.
Summary: If you're looking for something cheap for pleasure, this would be a good buy- but make sure you sit in it a good long while to see if it's comfortable for you. Also, the medium tree fit my kind of narrow tb perfectly, so you might want to go for a wide tree if you have a horse that usually just fits a medium. Overall, I wasn't exactly thrilled with it, but it has its place elsewhere. Maybe don't buy the synethetic leathers unless you want to be heard in the next county.
Usefulness Rating: 2.8 out of 5.
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