Thoughts on English Trail Saddle?
EquiRoyal Comfort Trail Saddle - Horse.com
I found this while looking online at all the different saddles available, and I found this. I didn't think I'd find anything I'd really like, but I did. All of the reviews on the site are pretty fair. I figured light jumping in this wouldn't hurt, and it's still trail-worthy so Scotch and I would get to continue what we do best.
$329 for the new leather saddle means one thing - it's a junk.
Here are the reviews from other forum (from people I respect when it comes to saddles):
"They are cheap very poorly made saddle from China. I would pass."
"If you ride it once a month as a standby, maybe.......
If you plan to actually use it, run......Fast......
A couple of students here have them, do not waste your money"
"Yeah, cheap leather, poorly constructed, wicked chair seat."
Then what am I suppose to buy? I can't afford a 1k saddle. :| saying I'm disappointed with my life's luck is an understatement.
I couldn't afford a new Stubben, but I most definitely could afford a used one.
Try ebay, craigslist, bits&barter, tacktrader, etc.
Equiroyal is garbage, plain and simple.
Or a good used synthetic is just as good. I got a used Wintec pro dressage in excellent condition with all the gullets as well. It is the previous generation just before CAIR and I only paid $256 plus shipping.
It took me months to find what I was looking for in my price range but it can be done. I bought mine off ebay and still love it and the awesome deal I got.
Hey, thanks Speed Racer! I needed you to say that. Made me feel 100% worse! :D
I'll be looking at everything, I haven't even sold my current yet, this wasn't a positive buy, and I'm not even sure what I'm definitely looking for. This saddle was a thought - a thought I was kinda crossing my fingers for but whatever.
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I agree with SR: look for nice used one (either english or western, whatever you prefer). If you are interested in Western and want something new you can consider Abetta, Big Horn or Fabtron. For English new - Wintec, Thorowgood, Tekna.
I don't really have a preference. I love the trail but wanna jump, so I had a mini-heart attack when I saw that saddle. And then EquiRoyal turns out to suck? Loads of bummer. :P
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