Model: Excalibur Dressage
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I found this saddle on craigslist in good condition for $500, which I thought was a steal for a nice dressage saddle, being that it was made by Stubben.
Likes: I like the look of the saddle and the feel of the leather.
Dislikes: It was supposed to be an 18.5 inch. Being that I never had a Stubben before, I didn't know that their seat sizes run SMALL. I was highly disappointed when I received it and tried it on my horse. It was supposedly a medium/wide tree, and it didn't fit my medium/wide Oldenburg. This saddle was my only Christmas present and all the money I had during the holidays. Luckily, the person who sold it to me, was willing to take it back and give me a refund minus shipping...bless her heart :) I actually did talk to someone at Stubben North America before I purchased the saddle, and asked them if it would work for my body type (tall & big-boned, NOT fat, w/ wide set hips), and he said "Yes" Obviously, he didn't know what he was talking about because I couldn't even fit my rear in the seat.
Quality: Well, I don't know how old the saddle was, but the nail that held the leather together near the stirrup bar was apart when I received it and the saddle looked as though it needed re-flocking because the panels were crooked and pressed against the saddle tree. Other than that, the leather was supple and of high quality. It should be stored in a warm room because I noticed after one night in the barn, the leather started gathering and wrinkling on the knee-rolls. This saddle is unique because it features ONE flap of leather under the leg with the billets attached for closer contact while riding. This saddle isn't for the beginner who is still learning balance and NEEDS security.
Summary: I would NOT recommend this saddle for tall, thick, big-boned people with wide-set hips. It has a narrow twist and is HIGHLY uncomfortable for those of us who are wide-hipped women. The tree sizes run small, so if you have a horse that is medium/wide, get a wide just to be on the safe side. If you are petite and narrow-hipped and LOVE the narrow twist and ride thoroughbreds, the medium/wide tree and overall the Excalibur model is for you!
Author: Dressage Rider
Usefulness Rating: 3.75 out of 5.
4 reader(s) voted.
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