Manufacturer: Zaldi (View all products by Zaldi)
Model: Star 17" (View all Star Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle barely used at my local tack shop. I'd never heard of the brand, but sat in about 25 saddles that day - the Zaldi was the most comfortable and best quality in my price range. I paid $900.
Likes: This saddle is SO comfortable and the leather is absolutely beautiful! I oiled it once when I got it and it turned the leather a beautiful, dark, brown that was buttery soft and supple! The foam panels seem like they are so comfy on my horse's back and he hasn't had a sore back since I bought this saddle. It puts me in a correct position and is very secure for jumping and flatwork.
Dislikes: The saddle was kind of reddish brown when I got it - but you can't tell now that it's been oiled. I did kind of panic when I first opened the box though - but once I sat in it, it could have been purple and I'd have kept it! Another minor thing is the thigh blocks hit me in a weird spot - I couldn't use them, but it was easy to just undo the stitching and take them off.
Quality: Very high quality. My friend got a Pessoa when I got this saddle and her's is crap and falling apart- and she spend double the money I did! She's selling her Pessoa to buy a Zaldi because she loves my saddle.
Summary: Just try one! I don't know why these saddles haven't become more quality - they are so much better than other saddles in this price range, well IMO.
Usefulness Rating: 3.94286 out of 5.
35 reader(s) voted.
Henri De Rivel Pro RTF Close Contact Saddles
Arc de Triomphe Gazelle Close Contact Saddles
Synergist saddle Endurance Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Close Contact Saddles
St Lourdes Tango Close Contact Saddles
Beval Butet Close Contact Saddles
Santa Cruz Platinum Justin GPS Close Contact Saddles
Colligate Parfaire 2013 Close Contact Saddles
Courbette Alpina Close Contact Lemetex Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Conquist Close Contact Saddles
Exselle Exselle Debut Wool Flocked Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Augustine Close Contact Saddles
Collegiate Collegiate Convertiable Alumni Close Contact Close Contact Saddles
Greenhawk Vala close contact Close Contact Saddles
Bates Caprilli Close Contact Close Contact Saddles
Beval Artisan Close Contact Saddles
Dover Circuit Premier Apex Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Dover Circuit Premier Special EQ Close Contact Saddles
Forestier Ilium Mono Flap Saddle Close Contact Saddles
M. Toulouse Annice Platinum Buffalo Leather Close Contact Saddles