Manufacturer: First Thought Equine
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I first met First Thought Equine Ltd at Burleigh Horse trials in the UK 2005. I had seen the adverts for their saddles in the UK press, but was never convinced that this could be the saddle I was looking for. Then I met them in person. I loved their teams scientific yet holistic approach to saddles and the dynamics of a horses way of going. I gladly paid 1500.00 pounds sterling. My current sports horse, 17.3hh han/thoroughbred and I were training in dressage and jumping up to 2004 when we had a major setback and were hit from behind whilst out hacking by an unattentive car driver. We wrote off a small car... I took the brunt of the accident to my back, we smashed the windscreen and I collapsed through their sunroof... my dear brave boy got up from under the front of the car of the road and galloped off down the road... he was cut badly, but more importantly, I was terrified about the long term prognosis for his mobility.. he took a big hit from behind! We took just over a year of slow rehab to again come back to schooling, hacking and small jumping.... a miracle!
Likes: I have owned an assortment of saddles for over 35 years... various European designs from 100.00 pounds to 1000.00 pounds... but I never really liked the fact that the trees were so rigid (for all their design and padding or the lack of). If they fitted one horse odds on they were unsuitable for another. I also had great concerns that I knew my horses shapes and build changed throughout the season and according to work and feed changes..... I never have to worry about that ever again! This saddle is just so damn accommodating! My horses shoulder is now so free, his back swings easier... like a ballet dancer who has removed a tight pair of jeans! He is so much happier in his work. This is the most comfortable saddle I have ridden in... with the flair option as standard I ride straighter than I ever have, and my seat is more effective... my back pain is becoming a distant memory! The WOW team offer excellent pre/after sales service... They become your friend! Always able to offer advice by phone or by visiting... an adjustment with resetting the flair or headplate is easily achieved. You try getting this sort of service from other major saddlers. This one saddle can fit any horse on the yard with a minor adjustment, that you can do.
Dislikes: There isn't really anything that I can say that I dislike about this saddle. I suppose the downside is that I never saddle shop any more and that was a favourite past-time! Some may say that this saddle seems expensive. I disagree... With all the numnahs and risers and pads that I had accumulated... I sold them and paid a major deposit on my 1st purchse of my WOW Dressage saddle. I have just bought my 2nd one... a WOW Jumping saddle... same beautiful attention to detail and again bespoke.
Quality: Excellent Top quality leather/suede with many colour/ finish options all included within the purchase price. www.flair.uk.com ... for their complete range
Summary: The best saddlery investment I have ever made. Used by many top UK and European riders ...in Dressage/Eventing and Showjumping ... including Gt Britains dressage rider Richard Davison. Happy horses and a very happy rider!
Author: Jan Milne
Usefulness Rating: 3.2 out of 5.
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