Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
The seller is not correct/. The old style cutback would have a much shallower seat. And, a saddleseat saddle would not have a knee roll like this saddle has. That is a dressage saddle with minimal thigh/knee rolls. It isn't quite a close contact as it has, in fact, a knee roll.
I love the fact that the pommel is a cutback design. My Passier saddles have that same style. That makes them especially good with horses that have high withers.
It looks like it may be missing the front billet. Are there only two billets on both sides? Usually, the front billet is anchored onto the tree and the two other billets are tied into a webbing strip that goes under the seat. All I see are the two billets tied into the webbing. I would check and see if you need to have a front billet redone.
Barnsbys were good quality saddles and, if all is well with it, all it might need is some reflocking.
However, as Tiny mentioned, the wrinkled seat is of concern. It often means that the tree is broken. Put it on the floor and press on the seat, cantle and pommel of the saddle. If it creaks or flexes, it means the tree is likely broken. Then, a trip to a saddler is in order to see for sure.
If the tree is OK, it is a great saddle for 27 dollars.
Last edited by Allison Finch; 03-06-2012 at 11:20 PM.