Lauren from Baltimore, MD
My sister got this kit 6 years ago when she bought her first horse. She loved the saddle and bridle, although she needed a new girth.
She bought a new saddle last year because, as others have mentioned, the dye rubs off of this one and it was not looking particularly good for the show ring :/
She has bought and sold 4 other saddles within the past year and keeps returning to this one when she is waiting to buy other high-end brand name saddles. She finally found one that works, but for her Thoroughbred, this one was the best!
Every horse is different, but for a high-withered TB this saddle was one of only two saddles that we could find that did not make him back-sore. If it were not for the color rubbing off, she would still be using this every day.
Randall from Bartow, FL
14 out of 14 found this review helpful
I received my package and it all looks like good quality tack. I haven't been able to try out the saddle yet, because I had to order a girth expender. There is no information provided as to what size girth comes with this package. It would better if important information is offered, such as; girth 42 inch. If you need a longer girth, you will need to order an extender with your package. If I had know this, I'd be riding now instead of waiting for more equipment.
Diane higgle bottom from philadelphia,pa
15 out of 18 found this review helpful
this saddle has the worst girth ever but an okay saddle nd bridle and saddle pad
Sara from NJ
5 out of 16 found this review helpful
So I got this saddle because the Economy English Starter set I got last year got stolen... This saddle is cheap ... it doesnt fit bigger horses, The dye on it rubbs off after just one use and the stirrup leathers are so hard. The only thing good about this saddle is the fact that its nice and comfortable. The girth is Small and not suitable unless you want your horse to get sores, and the saddle pad was cheap, hard and really small. Save your money for a better saddle!
Brenna from USA
24 out of 25 found this review helpful
This was my very first saddle that my grandparents gave to me two years ago. I had the saddle for about nine months before selling it. It has an awful wooden tree, which can't be comfortable for the horse! The girth and saddle pad that come with it are very low quality as well as the stirrup leathers. The leather scratches easily(if you have cats or jumping dogs, cover it with a thick saddle pad!). The die comes off of it very easily as well!! I tried for months to condition it and it never seemed to break in. A good oil, lexol and soaping is required frequently(2 twice a week at least) to get it in useable condition. I ended up selling the saddle and leathers on ebay and buying a better saddle for way less. Every thing about this saddle is stiff! The flocking is rock hard and the knee rols and blocks are not forgiving or helpful! As for the bridle, it's painful to put together when you first get it, so oil, lexol, and soap will again, be your best friends! The bridle turns out very nicely with several good oils, however, the reins have begun to fall apart by now. I still frequently use the bridle, and I am a die hard eventer so it has been coated in sweat, horse hair, and heavy dirt, and the reins are now bearing the brunt of that abuse. It makes for a great dressage bridle now and I use it for everyday riding and keep the jumping bridle clean. Save your money and buy a used saddle that will exceed this saddle many times over in quality!
javier from USA,FLorida
17 out of 17 found this review helpful
I suggest you the 17 or 18 inches saddle the 16 inch is to small for big horses I bought the black and the brown and the black is better than the brown saddle.
Mary D from Los Angeles, CA
17 out of 25 found this review helpful
The saddle doesn't look like the picture at all. When it arrived it was all bent up...hard to put stirrup leathers on and just awful. It is very poor quality, even for the price.
You are better off price shopping and doing your research and buying a good used real saddle for this price, than this saddle.
Sorry for the harsh review, but I don't want anyone to order something like I did and be excited, only to find that the product totally sucks and you have to pay to mail it back or you seriously wasted your money.
Sarah from mi
14 out of 14 found this review helpful
Just got my saddle yesterday, that is after I waited for a month and a half for it. Now I know that it was a cheap saddle and the saddle itself seems to be great. But I have not even been able to ride in it yet because the girth they sent with it was so small it wont even reach the other side...looks like a pony girth. Aslo the girth is super cheap, it is a english girth but is a bunch of ropes looks like a western girth.HA. The saddle itself however is very wide so what horse are they thinking this package will fit? small girth and extra wide saddle?...Not to say that this saddle wont supple eventually but the leather is nothing that i would deem "quality", but what can i expect from $225... I guess I was expecting something remotly similar to that of what is shown. It seems that the small disclaimer also allows them to get away with just randomly stuffing things into a box and calling it good. If you do order this package, the brown is a pretty color and is two toned the seat being darker along with the knee rolls. The bridal is ok, the reigns are fine but they are not braided leather as I thought they were its ribbon.lol. We'll, after my new girth comes in I will finally get to try this saddle out. It did seem to fit perfectly on my 15.2hh spotted saddle horse and she is vary wide across the shoulders. PS I orded am equi royal saddle, they gave me a silver fox....I thought they were different...humm maybe not?
Scarlett from MI
11 out of 20 found this review helpful
Does it have knee rolls? Its not very clear in the picture. Also does it hold up well if you will be riding in it 3 times a week all year round?
Stephanie Metz from Beaufort, SC
2 out of 30 found this review helpful
i've got a question about this saddle. how is the girth on it? should i buy an extra one? let me know.
3 out of 29 found this review helpful
I wrote a review here earlier and I would like to update that now that I've had this saddle for 7 months. It is a very ggod saddle, the leather is very high quality, but very stiff and thick. I have been oiling it with extra virgin olive oil and soaping it frequently and it is beging to supple, making an incredible saddle. Squeaks are at a minimum and it is quite atractive. The leathers at a little long for jumping (I'm 5'5 1/2") The girth is black and nylon, not the best, but useable. The saddle pad is mostly nylon and it's small, and it only looks good with a brown saddle. The bridle is wonderful after oiling it, I still find it hard to take apart and put togerther though. The leathers wear, and I don't like them at at. The saddle has started to go brown in places on the flaps, which drives me crazy. It' also a bit heavier than most saddles. In the picture, it shows some parts as gold, everything is silver, and the little piece on the bridle is not there(which looks better). It will fit a large horse well. I've had it on narrow horses and wide horses alike and it fits them all. The bridle it designed for an average horse but can be adjusted to fit smaller or larger ones. I recomend an investment in another saddle pad, and maybe another girth. A very good, afordable package, well, made, high quality, stiff at the begining, but a good choice. One thing I would like to suggest, a brown saddle. It's far eaiser to find afordable leathers, bridles and cavesons(nosebands), that are real leather, in brown than it is in black. The black is unique and not many have black english saddles, but brown would be an eaiser, more classic choice. I do find that I can soap and oil this saddle much eaiser than my brown saddle, because it doesn't get stained and streaked like the brown one. There is also alot of padding to hold begginers in. A great saddle!
44 out of 47 found this review helpful
The saddle and bridle are way too big to fit an arabian. The saddle just fits akward on a horses back and even if i punched new holes in the bridle as far as it could go, the bridle would still be way too big for my arabian. Otherwise, it's a pretty good set for starters.
Kate from Houghton, MI
20 out of 33 found this review helpful
I bought this saddle as a second saddle, and I am not impressed with it. The saddle is stiff, even after 20 or so rides. The billets are really short, so I had to buy a new girth to fit my horse. The color also wore off of it quickly.
For the price, I prefer the economy saddle package StateLine offers. I've been riding in that saddle for three years and love it.
maddy from new york
56 out of 118 found this review helpful
I love this saddle it is amazing. This is my first saddle and it is the best. I love my saddle pad it is my old school colors. Great bridle. My favorite part is how comfortable it is. I would say buy it to anyone in the world and you should.GETTTTTT ITTTTT !!!!!!!!!
Sophie from TN
40 out of 65 found this review helpful
This saddle has really high quality leather, it will last very long, it is comfortable and is very pretty. It sitts high on most horse's back unless they have a very bony back. The saddle pad started coming apart before I even used it. The girth isn't bad but I'll be buying a new one olus, it's to small for a 15.1 mare I ride but I fits my 14.3 mare very well. The saddle was very stiff but that was because it was so new and the leather was such high quality. The girth is a plain black nylon girth. The stirrup leathers are good quality but the black is rubbing of and it looks cracked, also when I put the leather on the inside rubbed and left awful looking marks. I'm about 5'3" or 5'4" and I put the leathers in nuber seven but a friend's leathers that I borrowed have to be in the ninth hole and I wrap the leathers around the stirrups once so that I can use them, so if you're really tall than you need to get other leathers. The briddle is really nice and it fits my little mare. The knee rols are huge and there is alot of padding all over. I like it over all and my mare does well in it. This is my first saddle but I've used just about every saddle there is and this one is great!
Anonymous from Tennessee,USA
70 out of 73 found this review helpful
Love it! I wish the seat was a bit more comfortable and that the sirrup leathers were a little softer,and it tend to slip a bit on my horses back must most likely it's just my horse! :)Oh and I think you should be able to choose a bit size, my bit was too small for my horse. The saddle pad isnt the best but oh well :) I love this product- it's my first saddle. I HIGHLY reccomend this product!! :)
81 out of 98 found this review helpful