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    05-31-2009, 08:10 PM
Question Henri de Rivel saddles

I was thinking about getting a new one off of eBay. I saw an ad for them in a magazine and they looked very nice. I was wondering if anybody has used/owned one and if they did or did not like it.
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    05-31-2009, 09:49 PM
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I have one. I like it. It holds up pretty well and it's comfy. I have several friends that also have them. I keep mine in a saddle carrier when I'm not using it and I've oiled it a few times... A couple of my friends do not take real good care of theres and you can see scratches and knicks and scrapes...

I am happy with mine...
    05-31-2009, 10:00 PM
Green Broke
Oh they are awsome! I used mine for short of 5 years, and now my brother rides in it! I would highly suggest them for a hunter rider!
    05-31-2009, 10:26 PM
I dislike HDR's very much. Almost everyone that I know who had one, they got rid of it and moved towards other brands like Stubben or Bates.

They are a cheaply made saddle for what is on the market. The one's I've seen my friends in, the saddle put them in not so desirable positions which impeded their form.

They fall apart easily as well.

The two brands that I dislike the most are HDR's and Pessoa's.

I would definitely look into a different make.
    05-31-2009, 10:42 PM
Green Broke
^ have had mine for close to 7 years, and all that is wrong with it is that the back of the saddle has a few tears in it from being lugged around alot.
    05-31-2009, 11:01 PM
I tried an HDR dressage saddle on my warmblood as a trial to see if it fit or not. It fit him really well (he had the extra wide gullet) and when I rode in it I was very comfortable and he moved great in it. I plan on getting that style for him someday when I start showing him in dressage.
    05-31-2009, 11:21 PM
7 years really isn't a very long time, as far as a saddle's life is concerned. The Stubben that I ride Simon in is over 50 years old & still going strong. I personally think if you're looking for a saddle that will really last for a long time, you'd be better off spending your money on something else.
    06-01-2009, 12:09 AM
But for the HDR's price, 7 years is a pretty good time. Compare Stubben's price to HDR's. BIG difference.

I'm not saying either way if it's good or bad. I don't know, i've never tried one. But I'm also in the market for a new saddle, so I appreciate y'alls advice!
    06-01-2009, 12:40 AM
Green Broke
I've seen a lot of really crappy HDRs out there. The leather in general is not the best quality and some of the models do not put you in the best position. HOWEVER, I sat in one a while ago that was surprisingly comfortable, didn't look too cheap, and didn't do weird things with my legs. Unfortunately I have no idea which model it was. So it seems to me it's hit and miss. Which IMO, is too big a risk when it comes to saddles. While it may be an ok lower end saddle, I suggest looking for a higher quality used saddle for the same price. I personally think Collegiates are great for their price. I've bought several used ones for our school horses for between $150-300 (NEW!) that are much MUCH better.
    06-01-2009, 08:29 AM
I tried one on school horse is was pretty comfortable. I do prefer collegiate too though... :)

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