Manufacturer: Collegiate (View all products by Collegiate)
Model: Convertible Alumni (View all Convertible Alumni reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: This was my first ever saddle that I got for Christmas in 2005. My parents bought it for me at a local saddlery here in Arizona for around $1,000. I had never really heard of it until the lady at the saddlery recommended it to me as a saddle that would keep me secure and comfortable while I was learning how to jump. Plus, it has the Easy Change Gullet System, so it fits all different types of horses, from Thoroughbreds to Shetland Ponies!
Likes: Hmm.... Well, I can't really compare this saddle to others, because it was my first ever, but all I can say is it's been just great in every way and I can't imagine any saddle that could be better. The seat is relatively flat for both jumping and flatwork, but you still feel secure and close to your horse's back. The unique design helped me achieve correct position, and didn't force me to tip forward. I love how it only took a few rides and about 3-4 conditionings for it to feel completely broken in, and the leather has just enough grip, smoothness, and cushioning for ultimate comfort. The saddle is lightweight and easy for me to hoist up onto my big horse! I think the knee rolls are a good size, not too big and not too small. Also, I liked how there is no bulk under the thigh where the stirrup bars are, and leathers are easy to take on and off. Overall, I was impressed by everything the Convertible had to offer!
Dislikes: There was only one thing I was disappointed about: That after a while, on the place where my lower leg lays, the coloring of the leather started to come off a little bit from the rubbing of my leg. It looks a little bit duller and darker than the rest of the saddle, but at least when I'm riding, that part can't be seen! Other than that small detail, there is really nothing I dislike about this saddle.
Quality: I think the Convertible represents excellent quality and workmanship. I like the way it's constructed and the position it puts you in. When I first started riding, my legs had a bad habit of swinging back. Then, I got this saddle, and it made it easy to keep my legs in the right position. This saddle is not only of great quality for me, it also gives my horse a luxurious ride! The stitching is all even and tightly woven, and the leather is scratch-resistant. Also, it looks very fancy in the show ring! For the amount it is priced, it's amazing how well crafted this saddle is!
Summary: I would absolutely recommend the Collegiate Convertible Alumni saddle to anyone who is looking for a comfortable, durable, stylish, easy to care for piece of equipment. It's truly an all-around excellent performing saddle for the hunter, jumper, or equitation rider. The best part is that this saddle is very affordable. I have been very pleased with the results of owning this saddle, it is well worth your money!
Author: Kat Tatkin
Usefulness Rating: 2.75 out of 5.
12 reader(s) voted.
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