Manufacturer: Tad Coffin (View all products by Tad Coffin)
Model: A5 (View all A5 reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I had heard many great things about this saddle and read the who's who that were using it and felt it would be a good value. When a used one came up for less than $2000 I tried it out.
Likes: The leather is very soft and giving on a horse. I really loved the idea of being able to feel my horses and not having inches of padding between us like so many saddles have these days.
Dislikes: I found that the medium tree is wide for a TB and that it would require more padding. I didn't like the idea that this saddle had very little use and the billet straps were stretched out to the point of needing to be replaced. I did not like the idea that the saddle had no dee fittings for an appointments class and the two it did have were brass plated and wearing to the nickel or whatever. I especially did not like seeing the frayed stitching on a saddle that has had so little use.
Quality: The construction is aiming towards the saddles of 50 years ago with technological improvements. It is still a work in progress. By this I mean the old saddles had very little fluff between a rider and horse.
Summary: After using it for three days I realized that this is a matter of the Emporer's New Clothes syndrome and marketing is everything. Very disappointed and feel that it is a work in progress that consumers are paying to work out the problems. Not a value for the money.
Usefulness Rating: 2.2 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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