Manufacturer: M. Toulouse (View all products by Marcel Toulouse)
Model: Premia (View all Premia Saddle reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I test-rode this saddle from a local tack store.
Likes: I sat in this saddle at the tack store (no stirrups), and loved the sticky leather. It seemed to fit me well.
Dislikes: When I got the saddle on my horse (medium high withers, TB, generally medium-narrow), it appeared to fit him (no gaps, pressure points, bridging, 3 fingers between the pommel and his withers). When I rode in it, he did a lot of bucking in the transitions (not usual for him), and was generally unhappy with the saddle. In addition, the stirrup bars really bothered my thigh. Also, there is a strip of reinforced leather about 1 inch wide on the bottom of the flap. This also bothered my leg.
Quality: Appeared well made. The leather was very sticky and appeared to be of high quality.
Summary: I never thought a thin strip of leather would stick out enough to bother my leg, but this was the feature that made the saddle most uncomfortable. Definitely recommend riding in this saddle before buying, in case this will bother you as well.
Usefulness Rating: 2.6 out of 5.
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