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Manufacturer: Prestige (View all products by Prestige Saddle)

Model: Optimax (View all Optimax Dressage Saddle reviews)

Category: Dressage Saddles

Purchase: I purchased this saddle at Regg and Wallys, a local tack store in Gretna, NE. A representative from the store came to my home and measured my horse for a perfect fit. The saddle was actually made by Prestige Italy and shipped to my tack store for pickup in the U.S. I bought this saddle because my draft cross is EXTRA WIDE and I have trouble finding a saddle both he and I are comfortable with. I paid $3200.00 plus tax for the saddle, less fittings.

Likes: I love the way this saddle fits me and my horse, and it makes sitting in the correct position effortless. A lot of other dressage saddles that I tried felt like the seat was too narrow, and my seat bones were resting on the edges of the seat padding. The Optimax has a slightly wider seat which gives me perfect support. I am no longer struggling to stay balanced and get my legs under me.

Dislikes: I have been completely 100% satisfied with my purchase so far. This saddle is truly the purchase of a lifetime.

Quality: The leather is the softest I have ever felt, the construction and stitching are impeccable to the finest detail. The fit is amazing, because it was custom made with a 36 cm tree and extra deep gusset. There is extra overlay of leather on the bottom of the leg flaps to guard against wear, and the thigh blocks cradle my knees perfectly, without making me feel "locked into position". The tree can be modified up to 2 cm either way by a saddler, so when my extra wide horse retires, I can narrow it to a 34 cm and it should fit a standard warmblood, or med-wide horse.

Summary: The price was steep, but this saddle is worth every penny! I would recommend having your horse fitted for your Prestige saddle so you are sure to get the correct width. When the saddle fits the horse, it also places the rider in the correct position.

Rating: 5

Author: Emily

Date: 2006-09-26

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