Manufacturer: Custom Saddlery
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: Purchased new as a demo saddle from the West Coast Custom Saddlery store in June 2008.
Likes: This saddle and the company are AMAZING! I have a VERY picky, finicky Hanovarian mare who is very "vocal" about her dislikes with saddles and fittings. I was initially introduced to the Custom Saddlery saddles at a local horse show, and loved the way the Victory felt. Once I was ready, the fitter came out to me, took tracings of my horse, and fitted the saddle that I had chosen. I was also able to try the other models offered by the company at the fitting. In the end, and after trying a total of 7 different saddles (different makes and models), I settled easily on the Victory. It is in Buffalo Leather, which makes it super soft and comfy. The saddle puts my leg in the perfect place, too. My favorite part is that the company stands behind their products 150%, and will make any adjustments I may need over time as my young horse develops. The product and the service sold it for me.
Dislikes: The Victory has a steep pommel, so some may find that it rises too fast and hits the rider during the sitting trot. However, it is not significant, and helps the rider stay in the true center of the saddle. I also agree with other reviews that it would be nice if a saddle of this quality had more than a slit for the excess stirrup leather.
Quality: Amazing quality and construction... Custom Saddlery truly is an awesome product that is very well made. The buffalo leather is sticky and supple right from the start. The stitching is nearly invisible, and I can tell that this saddle will last for years to come.
Summary: I am 100% sold on Custom Saddlery -- both on the product, and the customer service. I also looked into other saddlery companies that offer customization, and kept returning to the quick response and infinite patience of the CS staff. Thanks for a wonderful product!
Usefulness Rating: 2.7 out of 5.
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