Manufacturer: Silver Fox (View all products by Silver Fox)
Model: ES1205 (View all ES1205 reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I bought this 18" AP saddle off eBay for $75.00 which included S/H. That included the irons, leathers, and a new quilted pad. Even though the reviews on HTR weren't great, I took a chance due to the low price, as I had contemplated buying a bareback pad for just summer riding.
Likes: It's very lightweight! I hate taking my heavier Circle Y out for the summer. This saddle fits 3 of our horses--a 1200 muscular QH/Cross, the 1000 stocky Morgan, and new thinner-built QH. The saddle neither pinches them nor slides around, but of course they need different girths. I've had trainers & other riders remark that I really got a bargain and they would use it for a practice/training saddle.
Dislikes: The leathers are thick, perhaps not the original, and they make the skirts stick up. That's the only thing that I dislike about this saddle, so I slid the adjusting buckles down near my ankles. The buckles rubbed my calves and were annoying. Since I started wearing half-chaps, it's not a big deal. I could change to thinner leather straps.
Quality: The knee rolls are very good. The seat is comfortable enough. The fenders are somewhat stiff, "cheap" and show wear. But overall it seems well stitched, padded and constructed. Metal D's are well attached. I like that it fits all our horses too. Not so for their western saddles.
Summary: This is not a top-of-the-line saddle, but suitable for my needs. I have even ridden in the rain and just wiped it off afterwards. I usually ride 3-5 days a week and I'm glad I bought this over a bareback pad. I've had it about a year, and it's holding up fine.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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