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Royal King
Roughout Auto Adjust Training Saddle
Training Equipment

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Manufacturer: Royal King (View all products by Royal King)

Model: Roughout Auto Adjust Training Saddle (View all Roughout Auto Adjust Training Saddle reviews)

Category: Training Equipment

Purchase: I bought this saddle online from The Equine Arena for $599 plus shipping. I bought this saddle because I really liked the self adjusting panels on my RL Watson endurance saddle, and wanted a rugged training saddle.

Likes: I like the training saddles because the horn and swells are low and out of the way. The previous saddle with self adjusting panels is just great for moving with the horse and preventing sore spots.

Dislikes: The panels sit so close together that the saddle sits 4 to 6 inches above the horse's back. This position creates an inherently dangerous unstable situation. The "rough out" wasn't. Rough out is not a finish, but rather a method of construction used in applications where harsh service demands exceptional resistance to wear. The most rugged hiking boots, saddles etc use "rough out" construction to create a longer wearing item. The method places the strong outer surface of the leather down or inside to avoid abrasions. The rough bottom side of the leather is placed "out" to take the normal wear and tear preserving the strong but vulnerable smooth side. Hence the name "rough out". This saddle leather did not have the strong smooth side. It had been removed. The rough side was down away from the rider, and the side against the rider was also rough. The leather was thinner than normal saddle leather which translates to weaker material and shorter life.

Quality: The panel design is only usable on the thinnest of horses. Even a horse that can fit a narrow 6 1/2" gullet was too wide for this saddle. The non-roughout construction was frankly false advertising. The result was a saddle that will be suitable only for novice or weekend riders.

Summary: This was the second Royal King we have purchased in the last 10 years. The poor fit and poor construction in both means we won't make the mistake of buying another. For a couple hundred dollars more one can buy a name brand training saddle that will last a life time. Worse, after 10 days, the dealer refuses to reply to my emails. We have been forced to file a claim against the dealer.

Rating: 1

Author: oldcowboy

Date: 2007-02-20

Usefulness Rating: 2.71429 out of 5.
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