Oh, wow. Neat! I am so excited to find out something about this saddle!! I was like "Aw darn, it's a no name. But it is nice quality so I'll try it anyway since I've had no name saddles before and they were nice."
The place that I found this one at is in a really fancy shmancy uppity primarily English tack shop that also takes some consignment. So this one doesn't have a fitter. (The other place that has the fitter is an hour and a half north of me. That's the one with the brand new expensive saddles.)
They were utterly lost as far as this saddle and the other couple of non english ones go. They have this saddle listed at $250!! I am thinking that I could probably get it for $225 or so if I like it. However, since I can get shims and custom shape it, that actually works really great!
Mana is coming four and I expect some changes in shape as far as him growing but as well as him becoming fit when we start riding regularly in the next month or two. I was worried that I would buy something now and have it not fit by next year.
This could work nicely! I'm even more excited now! It does have a couple of small shims that seem to protect the main foam from the stirrup leathers, but otherwise, I think I'll have to buy some more shims. I was wondering why it was so flat through the bars.
Also, the stirrup leathers can be set more forward or back on the tree which is nice since my legs are rather short. It took some work because you have to unscrew some things, but I am really diggin' it.
For $250, even if I don't like the saddle, maybe I should buy it anyway and resell it? It is in really fantastic shape. No wear on the seat or fenders at all. A couple of small scuffs and some corrosion on the hardware, but nothing bad at all and the billets are hardly used either. (I'd replace the hardware anyway)
I love shopping at these tack shops in the more affluent areas. The people with money to burn try new things, don't like it and drop it off just to get it out of their faces and don't really care what it brings. The two aussie saddles were basically brand new, however they were 15 and 16 inches (Small adult/large kid sizes as far as Aussies go). I am betting they bought them for the kids, kids decide they don't like them and they shipped them off the the saddle shop. Haha. Wish I had that kind of money.
So you guys think it looks like it's a good saddle? I like that it will be highly adjustable for my growing boy. The price is nice too. I think it'd be reasonable to buy the saddle and pay for shims too.
I will definitely spam you guys with pics of the ride. If the padding on it right now is not fit for Mana, I may have to get creative with my pads to make it work for the test.
Joe: I didn't pay much attention to it since it wasn't in my size. I am going back on tuesday, I'll take a closer look at it and let you know the details. I know it was a name brand that I'd seen before. Just didn't pay any attention to it at the time.
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