Manufacturer: Palaton Saddlery (View all products by Palaton Saddlery)
Model: Close Contact Saddle (View all Close Contact Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I got my saddle off Ebay for $200, used but seemed to be in okay conditions. I was looking at getting another one, but just for kicks I checked out Ebay during computer class at school...and I immediately called my mom to tell her about the saddle! I'm not sure how much it would cost brand new...but I've seen some online ads asking for 300 euros for a used Palaton.
Likes: It was in such dreamy condition. The only faults I can see so far, are a couple of scratches on the cantle. The leather is buttery soft and oh-so-smooth. It's done wonders for my position, and it's just so comfortable. For the price, I was NOT expecting this kind of saddle! We told my instructor we had gotten it for $450, and he went "Wow, really? That's really cheap...it's an AWESOME saddle!" Everyone at the barn who has seen me ride in it has ooh'd and aah'd over it. Two people who know nothing about riding, my best friend and my mom, got on my horse this weekend using my Palaton saddle. Both of them said it was really comfortable.
Dislikes: The color rubbed off a bit on my breeches, even though it was supposedly a used saddle. Something from the sales ad tells me that it was used very few times, though. Also, it kind of slips back a tad. It doesn't cause my horse any discomfort, though!
Quality: It's so nicely put together. Some of the stitching sort of faded away at high-contact areas, but there are no signs of discoloration or anything that suggests that the leather will break apart anytime soon.
Summary: I would definitely recommend this saddle, new or used. Great quality, super comfortable.
Usefulness Rating: 2.42857 out of 5.
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