Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
It definitely has a tree and I would say it's an all purpose.
The thing is - it's not about being fancy. Yes, there are brands that are more fashionable than others but there are three important things with every saddle.
First is - horse fit. Buying a saddle online you have no way of knowing if it fits your horse. Some brands offer adjustable gullets or are known to fit certain horses which allows you to make an educated guess as to whether or not it will fit. You cannot do this with this saddle. I would not buy a saddle without being able to try it, or something very similar on my horse. If it does not fit it will cause problems.
Second is - rider fit. Without sitting in it or something similar you don't know your size. While many disagree I think beginner english riders should ride in a dressage saddle. Why? Position is hard enough as a beginner without a saddle working against you. Few all purpose saddles encourage the correct position, many make it harder and the poorer quality ones make it impossible. With this saddle you don't know how it will sit you. It's not about being fancy, it's about the right tools for the job.
Third - quality. If a saddle doesn't have a brand you have no idea about the quality. To me its a worry if no one is willing to put their name on a saddle. No guarantee, no way of researching it. You don't know what is in the stuffing (i've heard of some shocking stuff) and you don't know the quality of stitching, tree etc.
I know buying a saddle can be difficult and expensive, I've gone through it many times but you have to try to make the best choice you can. I've lost hundreds buying saddles online that turn out not to fit, if they don't fit you can't use them. There are lots of affordable second hand options out there. It doesn't have to be the best brand but get something that is known. Try it on your horse, and sit in it before making a final decision.
If you end up having to buy online, at least if you buy a well known brand and model you can be somewhat assured for rider fit and quality, then there is just horse fit - and if that doesn't work out the resale value is higher than for an unbranded saddle.
Last edited by Saskia; 08-01-2013 at 12:28 AM.