Originally Posted by Tigerhawk
Does anyone have an opinion of Henri de Revel (HDR) saddles?
Specificly a 16" Revella Denver Classic for a 4'6" 70 lb girl to be fitted to tb mare. Thanks in advance.
A friend of mine bought a HDR Advantage because it was the only thing she could find that fit her slender QH. I rode in it a few times, and it was comfortable for being fairly new. I'm not sure how well they hold up though.
I owned a HDR Pro for just long enough to clean it and put it right back on eBay
! I was NOT impressed with the leather quality. It had been ridden in just a couple times and the color had completely worn off the flaps from the stirrup leathers.
I think the Rivella is the highest end HDR, right? I haven't seen one in person, but they look nice in photos. I like the detail on the skits of the Denver Classic. I'd recommend trying to find one used...you could probably get one for under $500. And if you don't like it, you could easily re-sell it for around the same amount. Or, does your local tack shop offer trials?
If you do get a HDR, I'd recommend keeping the seat area just behind the pommel well conditioned so that the leather can stretch and won't tear at the seams.