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post #1 of 36 Old 01-12-2011, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Are M. Toulouse Saddles any good?

So I'm on the hunt for a saddle. I found a M. Toulouse that it's pretty much brand new and in my price range. I was just wondering if they are good saddles. Is the leather nice? Will it hold up for a long time (with being taken care of, of course)? Are they made nicely? Etc.

I found it oncraigslist and I really don't want to waste my time or the sellers time trying it out if it's a crappy saddle.
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I recommend Close Contact Saddles for reviews of saddles. Some are informed, and some are stupid - but you can see uncensored reviews and decide for yourself.
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I recommend Close Contact Saddles for reviews of saddles. Some are informed, and some are stupid - but you can see uncensored reviews and decide for yourself.

Thanks that's really helpful
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They are very comfortable.
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I haven't read a bad review yet. So I'm definitely going to try it out.
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I just bought one, the Padjette. It's a lovely saddle: The leather is like buttah, the seat is comfortable, and although I've only ridden in it at the walk it feels really nice. When I'm sitting in it I feel closer to my horse's body, if that makes any sense. Like I can feel him moving better.

I looked online for reviews as well and couldn't find any negative ones. Also, the people who like them really like them, which I considered to be a good sign. :) One of my Facebook friends retrains ex-racing TBs and she's a big fan of M. Toulouse. One of hers is the Premia, which is a "copy" of the Prestige Jumper R. (The M. Toulouse saddles are "copies" of more expensive saddles.) She has compared it side-by-side to that more expensive saddle and told me she can hardly tell the difference.

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When I saw them at tack shops I thought they were really expensive just by looking at them. Then I saw the price of them. They do look really nice. I also read somewhere that they aren't too expensive because they aren't a well known name.
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I have to say that after owning one for a year, I'm not impressed. I bought mine new, and it seemed super comfy at the time. I don't know if all the models are like this, but my Merina has a slippery underside on the flaps that WILL NOT break in. It almost damaged the outer leather on the flap when it started to crack. It's not well balanced, and the tree flexes. I started using it on my wider Hanoverian until his topline became built up and I could accurately buy a new saddle. The gullet of the Toulouse now measures 5" across, after using it with a front and rear shim pad. I've never seen a tree stretch the way this one has. Overall, I'd say its just OK. I think they'd be great for someone who had an older, better saddle for everyday use, but wanted something nicer looking for the show ring. I am not happy with mine as an everyday saddle. Whenever I get a chance to ride in something else, I see an immediate improvement in my position. If you're looking at spending $1K for a new one, I'd definitely recommend looking at better quality used saddles. The resale on them is not so great either. After this one, I'll NEVER buy another saddle made in Argentina (Toulouse, Pessoas, and I think HDR is made in Argentina...)

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I have to say that after owning one for a year, I'm not impressed. I bought mine new, and it seemed super comfy at the time. I don't know if all the models are like this, but my Merina has a slippery underside on the flaps that WILL NOT break in. It almost damaged the outer leather on the flap when it started to crack. It's not well balanced, and the tree flexes. I started using it on my wider Hanoverian until his topline became built up and I could accurately buy a new saddle. The gullet of the Toulouse now measures 5" across, after using it with a front and rear shim pad. I've never seen a tree stretch the way this one has. Overall, I'd say its just OK. I think they'd be great for someone who had an older, better saddle for everyday use, but wanted something nicer looking for the show ring. I am not happy with mine as an everyday saddle. Whenever I get a chance to ride in something else, I see an immediate improvement in my position. If you're looking at spending $1K for a new one, I'd definitely recommend looking at better quality used saddles. The resale on them is not so great either. After this one, I'll NEVER buy another saddle made in Argentina (Toulouse, Pessoas, and I think HDR is made in Argentina...)
Thanks so much. The one I was looking at is the Celine model. It was used once, so it's practically new. The person it selling it for $600, but I'm going to ask if she'll sell it for 500.

Thanks for telling me about the tree stretching...I ride a few different horses, the one I usually ride is pretty average, but I also ride some thinner thoroughbreds. Having the tree stretch may be a problem.

I will also be riding in this saddle everyday. I didn't know it was made is Argentina...I'm not really a fan of saddles made in Argentina neither.


I think I'll just test ride in it..and see from there.
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