Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle from my instructor years ago as it was too small for her. It was very cheap, $400, for this quality, and the saddle was in used, but excellent condition. I used it mainly for weekly lessons and then for a foxhunt and some exercising later on.
Likes: Since this was my first saddle, I didn't know how to properly take care of it and so it wasn't oiled or lathered with soap nearly as much as it should have been. However, it remained comfortable and the leather is still strong and (obviously) very durable even with so much use and very little care. I hilltopped with it and after many hours in the saddle, I was not sore as I expected! It is a great trail saddle, comfortable even after long hours. I also jumped in it and had no problems with balance, position, or security (even jumping as a beginner). This is more of a close contact, since it has no pads or blocks, and does not hinder horse/rider communication.
Dislikes: The only fault I can come up with is not about the saddle quality, just that it was a little too big for me. It was sold to me and bought by me under the assumption that I would grow taller (I was a young teen). Of course I didn't, which is why I later sold it.
Quality: This model was made in England before becoming a product of Millers; that being said, this saddle was of superior quality. This saddle has a deep seat with a narrow twist which made it VERY comfortable and put me in the correct position (although it was a tad too big for me). The leather and stitching are strong and of good craftsmanship. There are no knee pads, a small pencil knee roll for security, and no thigh blocks. The saddle came to me with new billets on one side, but since I do not know the history of this saddle, all I can say about the billets is that the original ones were still strong. The gullet was of good width (many saddles have narrow gullets) and the panels were wool-flocked (I believe), thick, straight and remained comfy instead of getting clumpy and stiff. This saddle may have had a spring-tree as it fit very well on a variety of horses (and ponies). Overall, excellence!
Summary: After 4 & 1/2 years of hard use, little care, horse bites and leather cracking, this saddle was assessed (by a few professional tack shop employees) at $400-$500! This saddle taught me a lot (like what happens if leather is not oiled ;) and has helped me with my riding tremendously. It was hard to part with, but because of a need for a better-fitting, more specifically discipline-oriented saddle, I let it go, hoping that it ends up in the hands of another amateur who needs a quality, durable saddle at a good price. I highly recommend this saddle!
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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