View Full Version : Saddle company saddles - thoughts?!?
20th April 2010, 11:27 PM
Am looking at getting one for xanth...anyone got one and could tell me a bit more about them?
20th April 2010, 11:35 PM
I have one - used to have two when I had two ponies. I loooove them :) I've had mine about 5 years now and its been adjusted so many times. The saddle fitter comes out and adjusts the tree to make it wider or narrower - its not presets just done to the mm i think.
They're really comfy, lightweight and look good. Mine has serge panels which is meant to be warmer on their back..
They have gone up loads in price since I bought mine, but I think they're worth it as mine will last me years. I think they're a ten year guarantee on the tree too
not the best photo but one I can find on my photobucket:
21st April 2010, 12:15 AM
I have a Saddle Company Saddle. I have had only one problem with it. Ozzie had a bit of a sore back which seemed to be causing him to be 1/10 lame in his off hind. I contacted my saddler, who is also my 'back lady'.
Basically at the back of the saddle below the serge and wool flocking is some stitching that 'sticks out' rather a lot (I didnt see said stitching myself as my saddler took the saddle away), but she thinks Ozzie could probably feel the stitching through the flocking.
The saddler phoned me and told me that she was not at all happy with the way it had been stitched. She said it could be the reason for his discomfort. She very kindly (without cost to me) removed the stitching, and stitched the panel back on in a place that couldn't be felt by Ozzie. Funnily enough after we got the saddle back he was absolutely fine, and has been ever since.
My saddler had a similar problem with another horse who she had recently fitted with a Saddle Company Saddle, she suspected it might be another issue with the same stitching, I dont know what happened with this horse.
She phoned the Saddle company who explained this stitiching was perfectly normal and present in all their saddles, because of this she said she would never feel totally happy selling a Saddle Company Saddle again.
All that said now the stitching is removed and my (apparenly very fussy) horse is very happy with it, as am I. My saddler did say Ozzie is a particularly sensitive horse and the vast majority of horses wouldnt feel it let alone get a sore back over it!
21st April 2010, 08:03 AM
Thanks guys! Will bear in mind about the stitching, am going to have it fitted obviously so will ask her then! there is just a teensy niggle in the back of my mind that it wont look good enough for showing...but they are nice leather one the seat etc arent they?? its only the underside that is synthetic??
Have heard they are better for backs ect.
Lilholley - what size seat is bellas?
21st April 2010, 10:06 AM
Yep everything you can see is leather. If you lift the flap its synthetic underneath. I had a brown one which I sold to a lady who was going to use it for M&M showing at HOYS! Go have a nosey in your local tack shop..
Slightly better pic for you (before it was fitted to Bella, hence the high pommel)
Bella's is 15" I think..
21st April 2010, 10:36 AM
Mine is fully leather but looks no different on the outside to the half leather half synthetic ones. Ill see if I can dig out a photo. The serge is really good, because its fabric not leather the saddler can move flocking around with a pointy tool (no idea what its called) by poking it through the serge, and helps get a much better fit. I dont do much showing but the leather is lovely & I think it looks really smart!
21st April 2010, 10:45 AM
This is the only photo I could find!
My Crazy Clan
21st April 2010, 03:24 PM
There is one going on ebay if your intrested, not a bad price either at the moment.
I've heard nothing but good things about them.
21st April 2010, 04:12 PM
I used to have two, a black one and a brown one (which is the brown one lilholley sold - pretty cool that it's going to hoys!)
I really like them, haven't sat in anything as comfy since, only sold it as it was slightly too long on Magic's back as it was almost a 17.5inch.
21st April 2010, 10:32 PM
Rhea thats where im looking at them! There is a fitter fairly locally too.
The one im looking at is a square cantle WH, its almost new!
22nd April 2010, 04:16 PM
I need to sell my saddle co saddle, not becasue i dont like it i just dont need it anymore, its a really nice saddle and quite well made, my saddler recommended them as she can change them easily is necessary and also says they are good for cold backed horses or horses with bad backs due to the serge pannles, mines also synthetic underneath so its super super light which i like
Its a jump saddle and mega forward cut which is great i would just say i would like it a touch flatter but its a very nice saddle
23rd April 2010, 12:23 AM
Thanks guys! The one im looking at has a square cantle which are supposedly good for flat backed cobby types.
Im quite concious of the weight im asking her to carry so them being light is a real bonus!
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