Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: Purchased used for $800- it is a 1998 model-wide. After test riding several Bates models which were either too flat, not secure in the legs, or too wide twist saw this on consignment. I own a older dressage County and really liked the quality and comfort. Was looking for a more comfortable trail/low jumping saddle as an alternate to my Stubben Siegfried CS which has such a hard seat for long hours in the trail.
Likes: The quality is unsurpassed. The leather is unbelievable- supple yet strong, not so soft that it scratches easily. The flocking is wonderful, prefer this to foam is it can be re-flocked for an odd backed horse. This saddle fits my 15.1 s-bred and my 16.1 draft cross! This saddle is COMFORTABLE- have ridden several 13+ mile trail rides with hills, water, bridges and never had a sore spot on myself or horse. Wonderful knee blocks, large and softer, my knees never "jam" into the front of the saddle. Slightly deeper seat is wonderful for those steep hills. This is the only all purpose saddle I've owned and do not feel restricted yet feel secure.
Dislikes: Not much to dislike, wouldn't want to pay full price as they are expensive new. I expect to use this saddle for everything except jumps over 3 feet- only because I have a jumping saddle, otherwise would use it.
Quality: Again, built like a tank much like a Stubben only everything is softer and more supple. Love the short tree points, no interference. Nice narrow twist, very cushy seat. Has somewhat longer billets relative to a close contact so need a shorter girth but actually nice as no interference from that either.
Summary: Love this saddle, won't give it up. My next goal is a County jumping saddle!!
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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