Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I attended a saddle fitting clinic with the sole purpose of trying the Schleese jumping saddles. I was told they could fit these saddles to myself as well as my horse. The demo I tried was satisfactorily fitted and I was offered this saddle at a 25% off sale price. However I decided to spend several hundred dollars more to get a saddle with a slight modification to the flap, made to order. Leery of placing this order, as I had to travel with my horse to another barn several miles away for the fitting, I was assured by the fitter that the saddle would be made with the measurements she took of the horse and myself and the saddle would fit when it arrived - at some future point it might need refitted as it broke in or other changes might occur. Well the saddle arrived 10 weeks later and does not fit the horse nor myself. I was quite dismayed as my first fear had been realized and I was now faced with the ordeal of getting it fitted. Long story short I have tried since September to get this saddle fitted. The Schleese people assure me they can make the saddle fit, the hard part is getting a fitting. Disgusted with the poor service, I have asked for a full refund and return of the saddle. But they have it covered in the order agreement that they DO NOT take back saddles. They did offer to sell it on consignment for me. How generous. The saddle cost me nearly $4000.
Likes: So far nothing.
Dislikes: So far everything.
Quality: In my opinion it is not made right. I struggled to get stirrup leathers onto the bars and sits like a 2X4 piece of wood. I think the entire thing will have to be taken apart to make it fit correctly.
Summary: At this point I am considering contacting an attorney if Schleese can't schedule a fitting in a timely manner that will not cost too much in time and money for me to attend.
Usefulness Rating: 0.5 out of 5.
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