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Manufacturer: Timberline (View all products by Timberline Saddle Company)

Model: Continental (View all Continental reviews)

Category: Trail Saddles

Purchase: I am a 43 year-old who rides a young Appaloosa trail horse, who frankly, doesn't want to find out if she bounces anymore. So, when it came time to find the perfect trail saddle I really did my homework. I poured through all of the horse magazines, searched the internet, read all the reviews I could find. I was really impressed with Timberline saddles so I contacted Lisa Emory at Lisa was a valuable resource because she is a trail rider who rides in a Timberline saddle. I purchased the Timberline Continental model from her for $1900.00 which was a great deal. An absolutely stunning breast collar was also included with the package.

Likes: I love my Timberline Continental saddle for several reasons. For starters the saddle is made from the finest quality leather. There has been no break in period. It was comfortable the very first ride. It took less than a week to "train" the stirrups to turn inwards. I am also thrilled that a saddle this sturdy and beautiful weighs only 29lbs. It is so easy to lift onto my horse's back. Speaking of my horse's back, the Timberline Continental fit my appy perfectly. During the first week of riding in the Continental a deer jumped in front of my horse causing him to spook. My body did not move and my feet stayed in the stirrups. I cannot say enough about this saddle. The Timberline Continental is beautifully crafted, a great fit, easy to lift and makes me feel safe. I am the envy of all of my trail riding buddies.

Dislikes: The Timberline Continental has a deeper swell than I was used to seeing on other trail saddles. After my horse spooked and I stayed so securely in the seat--I fell in love with it!

Quality: The saddle is made in the U.S.A. The quality of the saddle is unsurpassed. The leather is soft and supple. The tooling and silver accents are such a luxury. The sheepskin came from a sheep, no acrylic from Timberline. The saddles tree comes with a lifetime guarantee. This saddle is the ultimate.

Summary: I know that $1900 is a lot of money to spend. I suffered no buyer's remorse from this purchase. Every time I saddle my horse, I am thrilled that I own such a well-made and beautiful saddle. Every time I ride alone in the woods, I am thrilled that I own such safe a secure saddle. Every time I put my saddle away after a long ride, I am relieved that my saddle weighs 28 lbs. Treat yourself! Life is too short to ride in any brand other than a Timberline.

Rating: 5

Author: Kelly Curran

Date: 2007-11-04

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