Manufacturer: Specialized Saddles
Model: Specialized Trailmaster Endurance
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I bought my Specialized Trailmaster used from and endurance site, I paid $450(retails new for $1395). Since starting private horse rescue it became apparent that I would need many different saddles, or one that fits many horses. The Specialized Trailmaster has proven to be the answer.
Likes: The best thing about the Specilized Trailmaster Saddle is that you can change out the panels so the saddle will fit many horses. Specialized sells different size panels to fit any type of horse. With the shim kit you can adjust the saddle further to fill in any bridging problems. The saddle is also very comfortable for the rider.
Dislikes: The only negatives I see about the saddle are that they use biothane for the billets and leathers( I know it's for strength and longevity but I'd prefer leather), which makes it hard to girth up unless you have roller buckles on your girths(I've since bought 3 different size girths with roller buckles and solved the problem). They also didn't use very good stainless for the buckles on the leathers(they show some rust after 7 yrs). I feel these problems are minor, and may have been corrected by Specialized since this saddle was bought new(2000).
Quality: This saddle is very well constructed of beautiful leather. The leather is soft and pliable after 7 years of hard endurance riding. The tree is a light weight synthetic with velcro panels that attach which makes it adjustable for each horse. The dropped rigging is designed for use with dressage length girths. You can request stainless or brass fitting, it's available in a wide selection of color choices, and they have many seat styles to suit all riding disciplines.
Summary: All said, this saddle has greatly simplified my life. I can work with 6 different horses, all with one saddle. I have 2 sets of panels and a shim kit, and so far I've successfully fit every kind of horses back you can think of. They supply a DVD to help understand how to adjust the panels, it's very easy! I would recommend this saddle to anyone who is trying to fit more than one horse.
Author: Deborah Williams
Usefulness Rating: 4.23529 out of 5.
34 reader(s) voted.
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