Horse Tack Review

Submit your reviews! We will be giving away a pair of the HandsOn Grooming Gloves for the best review posted from now until November 31st. Please read the November 1, 2016 newsletter for additional information on how to enter.

Rivella Close Contact
Close Contact Saddles

For Sale on eBay

For Sale on Amazon

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

Model: Rivella Close Contact (View all Rivella Close Contact Saddle reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I purchased the saddle brand new off of Ebay for $500, a good deal as it normally costs more than $900 new. I bought it to replace my old saddle.

Likes: The saddle was really comfortable; one of the most comfy seats I have ever sat in. The calf and thigh blocks also helped to put my leg in the correct place and made me feel very secure. Also, the leather is good quality; it has not shown any sign of wear, despite the fact that I use the saddle multiple times per day.

Dislikes: The saddle did not fit a lot of horses - the back is designed so it doesn't rest properly on the horse's back. Therefore the saddle's cantle rises up and down as I post the trot. I think that the problem could probably be helped by a riser pad, but I would rather have a saddle that fits properly without a corrective saddle pad. This problem could also be corrected by having the saddle re-flocked to fit a particular horse, but this was impossible for me, as I ride a wide variety of horses.

Quality: The saddle was well constructed; I think that it is very well made, especially for a saddle that usually runs under a thousand dollars.

Summary: Overall, the saddle was very comfortable for me, but I wish that it would have fit more horses. I would recommend this saddle if you are prepared to either re-flock it to fit a particular horse or buy some sort of corrective pad.

Rating: 3

Author: HorseLover

Date: 2006-04-23

Usefulness Rating: 2.88889 out of 5.
9 reader(s) voted.

Please give us your opinion..

Click Here To Submit Your Own Review

Other Reviews You May Find Interesting

Pessoa Heritage Pro Covered Leather Close Contact Saddles
Bates Hunter Jumper Close Contact Saddles
Northrun Ashland Close Contact Saddles
Borelli Saddle Seat Close Contact Saddles
Zaldi Top Jump Close Contact Saddles
Pessoa Pessoa A/O Junior Saddle Long Flap Close Contact Saddles
Henri De Rivel Pro RTF Close Contact Saddles
Arc de Triomphe Gazelle Close Contact Saddles
Synergist saddle Endurance Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Close Contact Saddles
St Lourdes Tango Close Contact Saddles
Beval Butet Close Contact Saddles
Santa Cruz Platinum Justin GPS Close Contact Saddles
Colligate Parfaire 2013 Close Contact Saddles
Courbette Alpina Close Contact Lemetex Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Conquist Close Contact Saddles
Exselle Exselle Debut Wool Flocked Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Augustine Close Contact Saddles
Collegiate Collegiate Convertiable Alumni Close Contact Close Contact Saddles
Greenhawk Vala close contact Close Contact Saddles