Endurance (Model 159)
Model: Endurance (Model 159)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle new from my local tack shop in October of 2007 for $1400. I bought it to use on my mountain horse.
Likes: The seat is extremely comfortable and the stirrups are awesome (I got the Endurance with the trail fenders and Trail Glide stirrups). The Tucker people have been good about getting back to me when I have questions.
Dislikes: There are a multitude of items I dislike. For starters, it does NOT fit my horse! I was told (not by Tucker, but by the saddle shop owner) I needed a regular tree (after showing him my wither tracing). Tuckers have very strange trees. My horse is not a wide horse (her withers make an almost perfect 90 degree angle), but in a Tucker, she needs a wide tree (Tucker trees run quite narrow). I could not mount/dismount without the saddle sliding completely to the side (and it was cinched up tight). I seriously could not keep this saddle on my horse. Secondly, the leather is not soft or supple. The 2 cinch billets were so stiff I couldn't even tie a knot to keep the girth tight -- and this was after multiple leather treatments and lots of "working the leather" while watching TV. (Why tie a knot you ask? There were no holes punched in the billets). I finally broke down and bought nylon billets -- the leather is just too stiff. Yes, I kept the saddle -- I gave it to my husband for his extremely thin built horse and it seems to fit this horse better.
Quality: The workmanship seems acceptable, but as I mentioned the leather is not of high quality. This saddle had been ridden in only three times and the stirrup leathers had rubbed most of the black color off the stirrups and skirt.
Summary: I know many gaited horse people who love their Tuckers. My husband really likes mine (well, now his) and says it is the most comfortable saddle he has ever ridden. But these saddles will NOT fit all horses. The trees are, well, they're "weird". I will not be buying a wide tree for my mare, as the tree just didn't fit her at all (it wasn't simply too narrow -- everything was off). Be sure to try this saddle on your horse (ride it!) before buying.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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