Manufacturer: Lovatt & Ricketts
Model: Dressage Saddle
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: Bought on ebay as a restoration project. Older version, splotchy and faded. Paid $230 plus shipping. I had heard read that Lovatt and Ricketts management took great care in designing saddles that fit both horses and riders well.
Likes: Love this saddle!!! I was a saddle seat rider for years and have recently switched to dressage and the narrow twist and minimal knee padding feel familiar and natural to me. The cantle, though with a definite cup for the seat, is not extreme and doesn't throw the rider forward. I find I can post or sit a trot with ease, and I have a horse with a BIG trot. Can't say enough good about this saddle--especially for women. Too many of these wider twist saddles may feel solid underneath, but they are not suitable for our hip structure. This saddle puts you "into" the horse instead of perched on top.
Dislikes: Would like the newer girthing systems, but even without that this saddle doesn't move.
Quality: Very good quality leather and stitching. Though this is an older saddle, not a stitch was loose, and the leather came back looking almost like new with re-conditioning. Let me say something about re-conditioning here. If a saddle wasn't really nice to begin with, it won't become lovely with age and it won't restore well. Getting a "silk purse" to it's former glory is a different operation than trying to make poorly tanned leather look and feel supple. I intend to ride this saddle for many more years.
Summary: This is a great saddle for those who like that next-to-the-horse feel. You never get the sense that there's a lot of leather interfering with your contact. But if you are a novice and need something to hold you in position, this saddle won't do that--it's not designed to. Again, I love this saddle, and it's my personal favorite over all the ones I've tried.
Author: Sandra McKee
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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