Manufacturer: Miller's (View all products by Miller's Saddlery)
Model: Lancer (View all Lancers All Purpose reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I got this saddle barely used in excellent condition on eBay for $126, which includes all fittings-- Professional choice girth, Professoinal choice saddle pad, Stubben leathers, and fillis irons. It also came with a saddle rack.. I thought it was almost a steal.. (I'm a student with a very low budget that's been riding for 5 years)
Likes: I liked the fact that this saddle was manufactured by Miller's-- the same company that creates quality saddles such as Crosby's and Collegiate's. It's quite comfy and the saddle looks pretty for its price.
Dislikes: By far, Lancer's are the worst saddles I've ever sat in. It's so bad to the point where I want to take it off and ride bareback. The leather is solid leather, which is made in India, and barely breaks in. Because the leather is painted, it doesn't give the rider much grip and a higher chance of falling off. Not to mention, the way the saddle is designed tips the rider forward unless there is a correctional pad. It screws up my eq and balance. I don't think my horse likes it either.
Quality: Solid leather made in India. Poor design. Leather is painted. Looks somewhat pretty from a distant. Fortunately, these saddles are obsolete.
Summary: For someone who doesn't ride often and is a beginning or recreational rider on a budget, I would recommend this saddle. But as for all the saddles I've ridden in (Crosby's, Stubbens, Hermes, ...), I'd rather save the money for a better saddle such as a used Crosby, Collegiate, or Pessoa than waste it on a saddle that doesn't work out.
Usefulness Rating: 4 out of 5.
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