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Manufacturer: Crosby
Model: XL
Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: This saddle came brand new from a local tack store and cost around $3000CAD. (its a small tack store so it prices its merchandise a little higher than normal). I needed a quality saddle to show in, and one that fit my horse.

Likes: It fit my horse (which is hard to do) fairly well at first but he out grew it and began getting saddle sores. It is very pretty for showing though, and places you in a forward jumping position. The seat size is also generous (I took a 17" seat in this Crosby when in other saddles I take a 17 1/2"). It does let you have a good close contact with your horse and fit my legs really nicely.

Dislikes: I must sadly say that I disliked more about this saddle than I liked. The tree width is a little narrow to be considered a "regular" which was actually better for my horse at first, until he outgrew it. I also found that the color rubbed off rather quickly under the stirrup leathers and that the seat was so hard and uncomfortable it aggravated my previous back problems. Although it is nice because it automatically puts you in a light forward three point position, that's all it can apparently do, I could barely sit back and actually ride and I constantly felt tilted precariously forward. This was whether or not I wanted to be forward in two point. Other people who I've lent the saddle to also comment on how uncomfortable it is. As well, there is a lot of stitching and extreme wear and tear problems with the billets even though the saddle is barely two years old.

Quality: The model I got comes in reddish brown and looks extremely flashy. The pannels are a lovely shape and molded to my horses back quite well. You can get a variety of trees and flap lengths in this saddle, although they seem to overestimate the tree size and underestimate the seat size when they classify them. The leather under the stirrup leathers wear very poorly and the billets are practically disintegrating.

Summary: Although this is a lovely looking saddle, and actually fits an amazing range of horses, the bottom line is that it is very uncomfortable. I've talked to other XL owners, and they comment on that fact as well. The seat holds up well, but the color rubs off under the stirrup leathers. I would not recommend this saddle unless it was the only one that fit your horse. I'd give it a 2.5, but I guess it is closer to 2 than 3 so I guess a 2/5.

Rating: 2

Author: Katherine

Date: 2006-03-16

Usefulness Rating: 1.88235 out of 5.
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