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post #1 of 3 Old 11-08-2008, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Can anyone tell me anything about a Beval saddle?

I am looking to buy a Beval Butet Devon 2000 for $900 (at least, that's what the owner says the saddle is, but I think that she actually meant a Beval Devon 2000 ). Does anyone know anything about the Beval brand, or even better, the Devon 2000 in particular? I've heard that they are very well-made close-contact saddles, but I've also heard that the Devon 2000 is unpopular with some people because it has a "hard, flat seat." Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Also, my horse is a very hard saddle fit...super high withers, broad shoulders and chest, deep girth. Can anyone tell me whether or not the saddle would fit him? If I need a shim pad, that's okay...I just don't want any more then that, because I hate a bunch of bulk cutting me off from my horses back! :roll:

Here is a link to pics of the saddle: Butet English Saddle for Sale in Parker, Colorado CO - HorseClicks
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-10-2008, 09:42 AM
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It's hard to tell from the picture but I'm pretty certain that is not a Butet. (The Butet is about $4000 so you'd be getting a heck of a deal!) I think you're right, I think she meant a Beval Devon! Beval in general is a great brand with high quality products. I've only ridden in a Butet so I can't tell you about the Devon, but it was a great saddle. If she allows you to take it on a short trial I'd go for it!
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I once had a Devon 2000. I really liked it, and it was definitely a quality-made saddle. Although, the "hard, flat seat" description is fairly accurate. I had been riding in a 15 year old Crosby Prix des Nations, so the hard, flat seat was what I was used to! I loved it! If you've been riding in a really cushy AP saddle, then the Devon 2000 might be a little of a tush-shock for you. But if you're used to a close contact, it should be all right. It looks like this saddle is fairly new, so the seat padding is probably not worn down either. My Devon had "been around the block," so its seat was probably harder than normal.

As for fitting your horse, I have no clue. My horse is happy in any quality-made Medium tree, so of course, the Devon fit him fine. Is the seller local, can you try a fitting?

Long story short - The Devon 2000 is a great Eq or Hunter saddle, will last forever with quality care, but might not be your 8-hour trail ride saddle. =)

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