Manufacturer: Crest Ridge Saddlery
Model: Crusade Saddle with Horn
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: After struggling with saddle fitting on my two Arabian horses over the years, I thought fitting my new mustang would be much easier, and that I would have my choice of all the different western saddles with quarter horse trees. Well, no such luck--the quarter horse trees that were the right width pinched in front. I started looking for non-quarter horse tree western saddles on line that would have a better shaped tree with more shoulder freedom. I came across the gaited horse saddles and found the Crest Ridge Saddlery website very informative with an excellent selection of saddles. When I called Debra, she discussed the different body types of horses and said she would help fit my mustang. I sent an EquiMeasure kit mold to her, which she loved. We figured out the general kind of saddle I wanted and the price ended up very reasonable, less than $800.00.
Likes: Between the EquiMeasure mold of my horse's back and Debra's expertise, I didn't waste any time sending saddles back and forth or running around to tack stores trying saddles that didn't fit. The Crusade saddle she chose is working great. My horse needs to put on weight and condition on top, and Debra was able to select a tree that will work with a thicker pad at first, then can change to a thin one later. I'm real happy with the fit on the horse, most importantly. The tree accommodates his shoulders without pinching, and he moves freely. Second, the saddle has the stirrups in the right place so I can ride effortlessly in a correct seat. It is comfortable and secure up and down hills and when my green horse spooks! I like the short tree and round skirt for the horse's comfort, and all the rings for cargo and crupper and other attachments. The saddle is well made and very nice to look at. It comes with instructions (also on the website) for evaluating the fit, which Debra does for you via photos. This follow-up is a big help.
Dislikes: I had to tie up the plentiful rings on the saddle to keep them from rattling on the first ride. I am very pleased with the saddle. Mine doesn't have tooling on it. I think if or when I buy another Crest Ridge saddle, I would be tempted to get one of the fancier ones.
Quality: Leather and construction quality are very good. The rigging and hardware are made to last.
Summary: I highly recommend Crest Ridge Saddlery to anybody who is looking for a trail or western saddle and wants a full service saddlery for a very reasonable price. I especially recommend it for those who are not finding a good fit with quarter horse trees.
Author: Karen Anderson
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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