Manufacturer: Collegiate (View all products by Collegiate)
Model: Close Contact Saddle w/ Easy-Change Gullet '05 Model (View all Close Contact Saddle w/ Easy-Change Gullet \'05 Model reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle at a local tack shop for $995 with free gullet kit and saddle pad.
Likes: I love the leather on this saddle! It broke in extremely quickly, and has stayed soft and supple for the 17 months I have had it. The saddle also fits me well. I prefer a wider seat and this saddle offers me that.
Dislikes: The so-called "easy-change" gullet system!! There is nothing easy about it. It took me about half an hour to change the first few times I did it, and the least amount of time it's taken me was about 15 minutes with a helper. Also, the measuring device was inaccurate. It measured my horse as an extra-wide and the gullet that actually fit her was a medium. Finally, another horse I ride can't be ridden in this saddle because even with the correct gullet in, it works down on his withers. I ride with a wither pad and it still doesn't fit, so I have to buy a new saddle for him.
Quality: Beautiful leather, great design. The stitching is all tight and intact even after lots of hard use.
Summary: Great saddle, but not worth buying with the "Easy Change" gullet system. Great idea, but it falls short in execution. Probably a better choice would be to buy a used Collegiate saddle without the gullet change system.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.
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