Manufacturer: Collegiate (View all products by Collegiate)
Model: Convertible Alumni (View all Convertible Alumni reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this at CM Tack in Kansas City. My price was just shy of $1000, which included the complete gullet system.
Likes: I LOVE this saddle. I bought it on Friday, and showed in it on Saturday it was so comfortable just off the rack. After some good oiling, it is as broken in as can be - after just a few weeks. It puts me in a great position, without pushing me into a chair seat or making me fight to keep my leg underneath me. My equitation has improved immensely because of this saddle, and I'm now secure enough to move up to the next division. It is also quite comfortable, which I really appreciate! I also like the color - not the lighter leather, but not a dark either. It looks great on my black mare.
Dislikes: About my only complaint is largely my own fault. When I get popped over a fence, if my legs swing back, the stirrups slip off of the bars. They are the newer "hook" style. That said, the time it did it, I was just happy to not end up in the dirt I was so out of whack - stirrups or no.
Quality: This saddle is made well. The gullet system is wonderful - my mare was proving hard to fit and this one fit her well. However, the gauge said she needed a MW, and when we installed that it sat on her withers. She is quite happy in the medium. The leather is soft and supple, and has broken in almost immediately. It still slurps up the oil, but that is just how leather is. It also keeps my mare happy where her back is concerned. I had to use a half-pad under my old saddle, but this one fits her so well I don't have to use it now.
Summary: This saddle is great. I couldn't have been happier with another. If you're wanting something that can change with your horse (or horses) but doesn't break the bank, this is definitely a saddle to check into.
Usefulness Rating: 4.21875 out of 5.
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