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Henry De Rivel
Close Contact Saddles

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Manufacturer: Henry De Rivel (View all products by Henri de Rivel (HDR))

Model: A/O (View all A/O reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I got this unit from dover saddlery about a year ago for $775. I was going to buy a Pessoa but the place at which I was going to purchase this saddle from convinced me of this one.

Likes: It is a gorgeous saddles hands down. The color is perfect for any horse. My saddle is a regular tree and fits my AQH very nicely. It is very balanced on the flat. It pins VERY nicely in the hunter show ring.

Dislikes: This saddle is comfortable for the first 20 minutes of the ride but becomes very uncomfortable very fast. I am 16 and I jump 3'-4' fences. Although this saddle doesn't restrict is much harder to jump in than me former stubben. It is not designed for the larger hunter of my circuit. The leather is very easily scratched and tends to obtain a strange pattern on the set after about 2 oils. Even though this saddle claims it has a narrow twist, it is actually very wide. I have ridden in a Barnsby Milton Original and that is much more comfortable for a girl that requires a narrow twist.

Quality: Dover: Classic styling, optimum comfort. Constructed with a wider seat and narrow twist to provide optimum comfort. Classic styling means it looks as good in the show ring as it does at home. Foam panels and smooth, oakbark French leather. Sizes 16 1/2", 17", 17 1/2", regular or wide tree.

Summary: This is a great starter saddle. It is inexpensive compare to most and is a nice learner. For a person , such as me, who has been riding 12 years, this saddle isn't for you. It is a saddle for less experienced riders that are facing the lower hunter/ jumper courses

Rating: 3

Author: Brittany

Date: 2006-03-10

Usefulness Rating: 2.72727 out of 5.
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