Manufacturer: Crosby (View all products by Crosby)
Model: AHSA Limited Edition Close Contact Saddle (View all AHSA Limited Edition Close Contact Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this off of ebay for $350 including shipping. It is about 7-8 years old and in pretty good condition. I bought it about a month ago and have ridden in it several times a week.
Likes: I really like Crosby saddles. The leg flaps are long enough for a long legged rider such as myself. It puts me in a good position and the seat is nice and soft. The leather is nice quality and even though it is an older saddle, it isn't falling apart. The stitching is even and holding very well. The color is also holding well, and hasn't come off in many places. Even the leathers area keeps the color nicely. It seems to fit thoroughbreds well.
Dislikes: The pommel scuffs very easily, and the leather is very slick. This means I don't hold myself in the seat very well when going fast and I always need to wear full seat breeches. The seat is also flatter than the Equilibrium and the newer Crosby saddles, which takes a bit of getting used to (although it is not as flat as the ancient Mark IV, so if you have a very very old saddle, it might not be so bad). Also, because it is a limited edition saddle, I am having a hard time finding anyone else who owns one or finding any information about it.
Quality: Crosby makes an excellent saddle, there is no doubt about that. Even though this saddle is 7-8 years old, it is still in relatively good shape, minus some scuffing on the pommel. It is certainly safe to ride in and still looks nice. This is an older style saddle, which means that the cantle is rounded and probably not suitable for someone looking to do a lot of showing, since that is no longer "in," but for basic schooling or low level shows it should be just fine. You can't go wrong by Crosby! The best part is that since it isn't really really old, it still has some of the modern features, like the air-padded leg flaps.
Summary: For the money I paid for this saddle, it was quite a bargain. It is a hard to find saddle because it is rare, which is probably the only reason the price was so low: nobody had heard of it before. If you don't mind a slicker saddle or the older style flatter seats and can find it for a bargain, by all means, pick it up! I look forward to learning to balance better in it, because I am sure that once I can stay in that one without problems I can stay in just about any well made saddle out there. On the other hand, there will be a learning process for me! In closure, if you can find it for $500 or less, by all means buy it. On the other hand, unless you just have to have the saddle, I would probably buy a used equilibrium (the newer kind) or centennial if I was looking in the $700-$1000 range, since they have the deeper seat and the more modern look.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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