Manufacturer: Courbette (View all products by Courbette)
Model: Merkur DL (View all Merkur DL Close Contact Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle brand new on ebay for $450, which was a great price. I was looking for something to fit my relatively flat-backed TB. I have ridden in two other Merkur saddles as well; my instructor has one she uses on her warmblood, and one of our school horses uses one (in the longer flap style).
Likes: The saddle is very well balanced, and feels suprisingly secure, considering it has no padding in the flap and a pretty flat seat. Great close contact feel! Very easy to make position adjustments in this saddle, great for jumping. Also, the flex tree, wider panels and wider gullet seem to fit most horses very well...my saddle (MW) worked on my wide TB alot better than the Pessoa GenX or Crosby XL saddles, which all had too much curve to the panel. The two other Courbette's are wide trees, and they fit their warmblood and QH well. The 17" with standard flap length fit my short stubby leg (I'm 5'1"). Berber brown color is very pretty!!
Dislikes: This saddle, without a doubt, has the hardest seat I've ever sat in. And I know it's not just mine...the other two Merkur's I've ridden in had the same problem! But it is tolerable with a seat cushion. Also, I wasn't thrilled with how quickly the flaps began to show wear on my new saddle, but our older models (particularly the school horse saddle) actually looks okay. Also, the black one seems to wear a bit better than the berber brown.
Quality: Construction is pretty good...not as many frills as some of the higher end saddles, but basically a well-balance, well-fitting product.
Summary: Overall, I'd say this is a good reasonably priced saddle that seems to fit the horses well and makes it easy to ride in proper position.
Author: Amanda B
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
22 reader(s) voted.
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