Manufacturer: Harry Dabbs
Model: Avant DJ
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: Got this saddle from Bridlepath International for GBP 782 (ex. VAT), brand new.
Likes: Excellent saddle. Perfect seat shape and design, allowing to sit correctly without fighting against the saddle. Although being a jumper, could be used also in common flatwork. Fits horses very well. Also the price is beyond belief for such a saddle.
Dislikes: The seat is quite firm, even if taking into count that is is close-contact styled saddle. I don't consider this being a problem, as I like such saddles, but many other people could.
Quality: Leather is of excellent quality, as is the tree (traditional beechwood with steel reinforcements) and construction of panels (wool flocked, but with felt and rubber folded layers). There are another good things not seen often these days, talking of saddlery work - i.e. all the flocking and filled parts are under the sweatflap, and on the rider's side, there are only blocks (both knee and calf, but decent, not restricting user in any way when working on flat). The craftsmanship of the saddle is precise and of level which is not seen often even at a mooch more expensive saddles.
Summary: Strongly recommended (unless you are insisting on a soft, over comfortable seat). I've compared it to many other saddles of similar or higher price range and most of them cannot beat this one both in construction quality and correctness. Top marks for mr. Harry Dabbs, it's wonderful to still find such a approach to saddle making these days.
Author: Jaromir A. R. Vich
Usefulness Rating: 2.57143 out of 5.
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