Manufacturer: Collegiate (View all products by Collegiate)
Model: Finalist (View all Finalist reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I got this saddle from The Hitching Post tack shop, on ebay, for $630. It came with leathers(which didn't match) and irons.
Likes: I LOVE THIS SADDLE! It's very comfortable and my instructor loves the position it puts my legs in. She even recommended it to another rider. You can feel the horses movement great. I didn't have any problems with the stirrup bars, like some other people did on here, and I tried putting new and used ones in. It's also a very comfy saddle to sit in. The first time I sat in it, even when the horse was just walking I could feel a difference from other saddles, it puts you very close to the horse. This weekend I showed in the saddle and got a 1st place in the second jumping class in a hunter division.
Dislikes: The things I don't really like about this saddle are that after only the second use there was wear underneath the leathers. It's barely noticeable, but it just made me mad that it's there because it was only the second use. I, also, don't really like the color (I prefer darker brown saddles)but, that's just my personal preference. The last thing I don't like about it, is that because of the velcro knee block things, it makes the saddle flaps stick out, though, thats not very noticeable when it's on the horse, or when you take them off.
Quality: Like I said, I really love the feel of this saddle and the position it puts my legs in. The leather is a cheaper quality than other, more expensive saddles, but for the price, it works. I would have preferred the thinner pencil line knee roll instead of the velcro things.
Summary: Over-all, this is a great saddle! The regular tree fits most horses. And, still, I LOVE THE POSITION THIS SADDLE PUTS YOU IN!!! I would recommend it to anybody thinking about buying it, or thinking about buying a new saddle.
Author: Happy Buyer.
Usefulness Rating: 2.66667 out of 5.
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