Manufacturer: Rocking R (View all products by Rocking R)
Model: Training Saddle - Smoothout (View all Training Saddle - Smoothout reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: My trainer acquired a used Rocking R training saddle at a local auction and absolutely loved how it rode. I got the chance to ride in it and fell in love with the saddle as well. I looked high and low for my own Rocking R and finally found a great price at Wild Horse Saddlery in Powder Springs Georgia. This saddle retails for $825 IF you can find it. These saddles have become very popular on the breed circuit and are often on back order.
Likes: I love how this saddle fits my horse. He is narrow in the withers, yet this saddle fits him and other wider withered horses equally well. Every saddle I've ridden him in seems to lead to white marks on his withers, but I've been riding him in this saddle for awhile now and have noticed no more white spots adding to his collection. It is really comfortable for me to ride in as well. I've had problems with other western saddles seeming to boost me up and out of the seat during normal riding, yet this one keeps me where my seat needs to be for proper equitation. Normally there is a breaking in period for saddles, but the Rocking R training saddle felt broken in the moment I started using it. I lent it to a friend to use for a few months after my horse injured himself and I had a heck of a time getting it back. She didn't want to return it because it was so comfortable!
Dislikes: The only thing I didn't like about this saddle is that it is a bit squeaky. While it's comfortable to ride in from the start, you do have to break it in to get the squeak out. I wish I had ordered the roughout instead of the smoothout for this reason.
Quality: Aside from the comfort, this smoothout saddle just looks nice. It is a natural leather with black dyed edging and a black suede seat. Since it is a training saddle, it is well equipped with plenty of rigging for whatever types of training contraptions you might want to use on your horse. It is also American made, not from Mexico or Argentina, so the leather is top quality and the construction is top rate.
Summary: I've tried many different brands of saddles and this is by far one of the most comfortable for both myself and my horse. I don't think you can go wrong if you buy this saddle!
Author: Lisa K.
Usefulness Rating: 2.8 out of 5.
10 reader(s) voted.
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