08-19-2009, 03:49 PM
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I own & ride in a Marcel Toulouse. The number one thing you'll notice when you sit in the saddle (I rode in a Close Contact for jumping) is that the saddle is made to put every single part of your lower body in place. It has very powerful aids that will keep your position and posture correct, proper, and comfortable.
The seats are by far the most comfortable. They are affordable and easy to clean. I find that they have an exclusive leather that takes in cleaners better than any other saddle.
I am in love with my Marcel Toulouse to the point that I skip using cleaners and just oil it after every use - it absorbs all oils wonderfully. I adore the Toulouse because it has such strong but comfortable & soft leather - all of my fellow friends have these saddles, one of them has had hers for 10 years, another has had hers for 7, and one has had hers for 14 and still going strong! These saddles have a lifetime guarentee and it's really proving to be correct. I find that you could have dropped it in a puddle of mud, and after cleaning it, it will still look brand-new! These saddles have got to be the best I've ever ridden in. I've really been about and around when it comes to saddles. I've ridden in any brand you can name. I choose this one over them all!
The deep seat encourages proper form when jumping, and a snug and safe landing. Excellent for showing - I event, and I find that I can use this saddle in the ring, around the farm, and on trail-rides and it never lets me down. Very comfortable to ride the longest in!
I reckon everyone goes out and buys one, they are very inexpensive!