Manufacturer: Strada Saddles (View all products by Strada)
Model: St Christopher Endurance Saddle (View all St Christopher Endurance Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: The Strada Saddle was purchased from Strada Saddles in England. I read through their technical data page and was fascinated by the thoughtful combination of technical engineering as well as common sense in the design of their saddles. The saddle lists for $2,999 (USD) and they currently are offering free shipping in the US (a limited time special).
Likes: The saddle sits around my horse, not on him. The drape of my legs around the saddle is super comfortable. The positioning of the rider on the horse is definitely enhanced by the saddle. I found it easier to maintain a balanced, centered seat. My horse moved beautifully in the saddle (it sits behind the scapula) and he seemed to be comfortable. The tree and panels flex with the horse as it moves. The panels are directly under the tree rails so there is excellent weight distribution and support of the rider on the horse's back.
Dislikes: I really haven't found anything I don't like about the Strada. It is not a deep seat saddle so if that's what you're looking for, this is probably not the saddle for you. A good rider would fall in love with this saddle. It puts you in the correct position and your riding ability is enhanced by the saddle.
Quality: The leather is beautiful and high quality, and the construction is impeccable. My saddle is a havana brown, but they also make black and dark brown. The saddle is lightweight (only about 12 pounds). Strada also makes a girth that is well padded and my horse seems to be completely comfortable in it. Their stirrup leathers are leather but don't stretch or twist.
Summary: The bottom line is this is a very high quality saddle. With its knowledgeable, thoughtful design and high quality of construction, the Strada's price is very reasonable.
Author: Susan Favro
Usefulness Rating: 3.25 out of 5.
24 reader(s) voted.
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