And yet, I've had professionals look at the saddle fit and pronounce it good. All indicaors from the horses that have ridden with this saddle show no signs of "abuse" or huge open sores. So, explain to me again how I'm abusing my horse?
Perhaps this saddle wouldn't work as well with a bigger rider, but the only one who rides in it is a small child who weighs less than 70lbs. We use a proper contour sheepskin saddle pad and purchased a very nice girth from Dover.
It's the sweeping generalization from others that if the saddle is inexpensive than:
1) the owner is abusing the horse
2) the parent is buying it just to shut their kid up
3) it will NEVER fit properly and anyone who says it does is lying
That are really bothering me. There has to be a happy medium. Expecting parents to run out and buy a custom Stubben saddle when they are not even sure their child will stick with the sport is unrealistic. I did my homework. I spent over 6 months looking at saddles and talking to other owners/trainers. We did not buy blindly, we actually looked at the saddle in person before making the purchase. The leather is not from virgin cows massaged daily with neatsfoot oil until they are humanely euthanized... but it came from a saddle maker that is known for ok saddles and the leather has held up well being used 3 days per week by a young child who takes care of her tack.
Right now, Kitten is only doing flat work in her saddle. She is not doing dressage or jumping. The horse is not showing distress or discomfort.
Yes, we are looking at new saddles. We purchased this one as our "gateway" saddle and knew it would need to be replaced if/when Kitten got serious. (If only because it isn't as pretty in the show ring). But, I would still recommend it to parents of young riders who are just starting in the sport and need a basic saddle to school in. As always, buyer beware and take a good look at ANY saddle youn plan to purchase, but don't discount a saddle just because the price is "too low".
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