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Manufacturer: Stubben (View all products by Stubben)

Model: Siegfried (View all Siegfried reviews)

Category: All Purpose Saddles

Purchase: I bought my Siegfried at a second hand tack store as a birthday present. It was on sale for $1000.

Likes: I love how comfortable the saddle is in general. The knee rolls are large and well-padded. The knee rolls have saved me several times from flying over the lesson horse's head as the horse I ride is an ex-jumper and makes very sudden stops. The seat just feels very comfortable and I feel like it really absorbs shock well, especially with sitting trots. The stirrup bars are very solid and I have never had an easier time changing the leathers than with my Siegfried.

Dislikes: Despite how wonderful the knee rolls can be, sometimes they can be a pain if your instructor makes you do that exercise where you drop your stirrups and have to stay up in two point position. Sometimes I get the feeling that the knee rolls take up a lot of space and limit the movement of my legs. I also had an issue with about 5 stitches on each side of the gullet. At that seam where the gullet and saddle flap are stitched together is where I found the stitching to be loose, as if something had stretched it out. Remember that the saddle was second hand so the owner before me may have miss-used the saddle. It was a really easy repair though, and the overall quality of the saddle definitely over shadowed this minimal problem.

Quality: The Siegfried is wonderful quality! The leather is fantastic quality and very supple. The tree is well made and is not at all warped. All the stitching is small and well done and the knee rolls are very well put together and extremely solidly built. I still don't know what was up with that stitching issue. The fantastic condition of the saddle convinced me it would take some serious long-term misuse to stretch out those strong, small stitches. To top it off is this lovely, top quality piping running from the pommel to the cantle.

Summary: I love this saddle and I feel it makes an excellent equitation saddle (which is what I train for) and would work very well for jumpers and hunters too. Pick something with smaller knee rolls if you're into dressage though. The overall quality is fantastic and the saddle should last many years to come. Notes About My Saddle In Particular: My Siegfried is a 1

Rating: 4

Author: OH & JJ

Date: 2007-05-21

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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