Manufacturer: Thorowgood (View all products by Thorowgood)
Model: Maxam All Purpose Quarter Horse XW (View all Maxam All Purpose Quarter Horse XW reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I ordered this saddle through the State line Tack catalogue and received it promptly within a week. I purchased this saddle because I was at the end of my rope with finding the right saddle for my hard to fit Arabian gelding who has a flat, short, and broad back. Plus, this saddle was on clearance for $199.99, so I had to try it. I had heard from my friends that quarter horse sizes fit Arabs nowadays because they breed them to be Arab-shaped these days.
Likes: I LOVE the feeling of this saddle, it has GREAT grippage and makes me feel secure, but not too secure to where I feel trapped. My horse loves it also. Compared to the Wintec 500, he waits patiently when I tighten his girth and doesn't stomp and throw a fit like he does with the Wintec. I also noticed that my horse went better and didn't throw his head up in the air when I was trying it out. It takes 20 minutes to try it out before you know it fits, and it will appear to look like it doesn't fit at first, but then when you sit in it and ride for the full 20 minutes, it molds to your horse. You have to tighten the girth every 5-10 minutes to assure the right fit.
Dislikes: I don't like the fact that the equisuede on the seat of the saddle attracts a lot of hair and lint and that you need a special girth because for a wide horse, the saddle has four billets, and you have to extra buy a special girth for the saddle. Other than that, I LOVE IT!
Quality: The quality of this saddle is superior to the Wintec. It's far more comfortable for horse and rider. The stitches are tight and the synthetic material is sturdy. The stirrup leather clips could be sturdier and appear to be made of some kind of plastic, so you have to be careful not to break them.
Summary: I honestly LOVE this saddle, and would recommend it for anyone who is having a hard time fitting their horse and wants to quit messing around and ride!
Usefulness Rating: 2.8 out of 5.
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