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    05-19-2013, 12:47 PM
Marcel Toulouse Saddles

My friend bought the monoflap version, Marielle +4 for longer legs. She likes it and it fits her horse and herself decent, the horse does not get sore and it fit's the riders leg. She bought the saddle locally and had the option to try it out.
I ordered the same saddle online through Classic Saddlery, big mistake.
I ordered an 18 Wide and received an 18 Medium. Had to ship the saddle back because it was the only one in stock and was told they would put it on a saddle press and make it a Wide. I was also promised I would get compensated for return shipping which never happened $50.00). I received the saddle back about 2 weeks later and the saddle was completely lopped sided. The stirrup bars were uneven, had to keep the stirrup leathers 2 holes shorter on the left side then the right side (brand new leathers). The underside panels were sewn on crooked, left side was lower than the right side - even the color of the leather was different from one side to the other. The saddle appeared as it was put together from two different saddles. While riding in it, the saddle kept slipping to the left side. I shipped the saddle back and when I contacted Classic Saddlery, I was told there was nothing wrong with the saddle. Quote" If I am crooked and the horse is crooked, I possibly made the saddle crooked" (I rode in that saddle maybe 6 times), I guess my trainer is also crooked since she tried it and had the same issues of the saddle slipping. I paid a well known saddle maker to evaluate the saddle and he agreed with the poor craftsmanship of the saddle and gave it to me in writing. Classic Saddlery would not reimburse me for the saddle and in addition, the girth got lost during return shipping and I was told it is my responsibility to file a claim with the shipping company. I also was overcharged $15.00 for the stirrup leathers and did not receive any reimbursement even after repeated requests. Since not all M Toulouse saddles are made as poor as the one I received, I would stick to buying the saddle through SmartPak who has free shipping on Trial Saddles and outstanding Customer Service.
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    05-21-2013, 07:58 PM
Originally Posted by AZ123    
My friend bought the monoflap version, Marielle +4 for longer legs.
I ordered the same saddle online through Classic Saddlery, big mistake.
WOW. I'm definitely never buying through Classic Saddlery! Thank you for your story!


I personally own a MT, and I *love* it! I have heard so many stories from other people that have theirs, and I have never heard a bad story about them. I know you have plenty of responses, but I figured I'd add my own, especially since I wanted to comment on the above post :p

1) Do they seem to fit a wide range of horses? Do they fit horses well? (Mine is a high withered QH needing a medium tree.)
Typically, yes. They are made better for a horse with a straighter back, though, mind you. They also run a bit wide - you might want to look in a Medium-Wide, since your horse has "high withers," but "needs a medium tree." I purchased a Medium for my boney back Thoroughbred, and it fits him near perfectly.

2) Are they comfortable for the rider? (I am tall with long legs but only need a 16.5 inch seat.)
Oh my gosh YES. I have a Laura B, and it is one of the most comfortable saddles I've ever sat. I've sat in CWDs, Antares, Passier(never owned by me, I'm poor :p), mind you. It fits me very well. If you have longer legs, you might want to try out a few in the different models, because some are better suited for longer legs than others. I am usually a 17, and that's what my Laura B. Is, but it wouldn't hurt if I would have gotten a 17.5. Alas, the 17 was all I could find, so that's what I got. I sat in an Annice and the 17 was pretty well fitting. So I would just sit in everything you can, and see what fits YOUR body the best.

3) Which of these would you most recommend and why?-Annice, Celine, Dennise, Jennine, Laura B, Natina, Premia
I have the Laura B, and I *love* it. My only complaint is that the twist is a bit narrow, and it does set your legs forward a bit. It is certaintly a jumping saddle. I had to take my thigh blocks off (they are adjustable) because with them, they just gave me a chair seat. With just the knee blocks, the saddle is perfect. I've never had problems with my legs being forward though - if you have a chair seat habit, you might want to consider something else.
I've also sat in the Annice and the Premia. Didn't like the Annice much. I just don't like the way it looks, and it didn't fit me nor was as comfy as mine. The Premia I adored. If I could have the Laura B and the Premia, I'd be in heaven. The Premia is more for Jumpers or Eventers though, it really doesn't have a Hunters ring look. It's got a bit more detailing, and was therefore a bit out of my price range, and like I said, doesn't match what I'm doing right now. If I ever need a new saddle, it will be a Premia, though, as I plan to do Jumpers once I 'graduate' Hunters.


Well, there's my input! Hopefully it was informational, and not too rambly. Best of luck saddle-searching! :) Overall, I give M. Toulouses a 5 out of 5 stars!!
    05-21-2013, 11:14 PM
I'm looking for a new saddle for my long legs and just test rode an M. Toulouse Premia. The saddle was VERY comfortable, but the saddle put me in a very weird position. It was to small for my 33" inseam. It has wool/foam flocking. I am going to try this one next-
M. Toulouse Marielle +4 Monoflap Saddle - All Purpose/Eventing Saddles from SmartPak Equine
    05-22-2013, 11:16 AM
They are nice saddles but word of caution....the company that stands behind this brand is difficult, at best, to get any help from. I had a ton of trouble to get anyone to get back to some of my questions. Much less, actually fix/explain issues.
    05-25-2013, 01:38 PM
The M. Toulouse saddles come in a wide range of sizes, lengths, and with the genesis makes it pretty much sure proof to fit any horse.
    05-25-2013, 05:24 PM
I'm surprised you had such a bad experience with Classic Saddlery. I've heard nothing but great reviews of their customer service. MIEventer is a big promoter of their company, as well.
    05-25-2013, 11:50 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
I'm surprised you had such a bad experience with Classic Saddlery. I've heard nothing but great reviews of their customer service. MIEventer is a big promoter of their company, as well.
I was surprised as well. As I stated in my previous post, I had a wonderful experience with them and am incredibly happy with the MT saddle I purchased from them.
    05-28-2013, 12:47 PM
I LOVE my Toulouse Premia.

Its a bit expensive, but so worth it. My horse has a very picky saddle taste, and this is the only saddle he happily rides in.

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