|literally the first time i ever rode in it was at a show.|
Since I'm not particularly good at product reviews, and since I am so easily distracted and lead myself off on wild tangents not at all pertinent to the subject at hand, I figured I'd break this down into bold headlines and possibly bullet points. Because I love that shit.
Fit, for horse and rider:
I'll start with the pony. Now from what I understand, the tree is based on the Passier tree which means it's somewhat banana shaped. I rode in BO's Passier over the winter and while it didn't fit me in the slightest, it fit Bobby to perfection. Bobby has the typical high withers of a Thoroughbred, and while his rib cage is deceptively enormous, he's not particularly wide. The slightly cutback pommel gives him ample wither clearance, and the medium tree that comes with the saddle was spot on for him.
I can't comment on the ease of changing out the gullets on this saddle since I haven't needed to do it, but just giving the underside of the saddle a glance it appears to be a lot easier than the Wintec system.
|you can see the cutback pommel for high withered loving.|
For the rider, the only thing I was concerned about is that the flap is shorter than what I was used to in a dressage saddle. I have very long legs, and I was concerned both about feel and how my leg would look. It turned out not to be a problem at all. I still think a longer flap is more attractive for a long legged rider, but as far as how it feels, I haven't noticed any difference while riding.
The seat is deep and comfortable, though I'm sure not as cushiony as more expensive saddles. I wouldn't know. I've never sat in such things. But for a cheap synthetic, it's pretty fabulous. The twist isn't that god awful hip splitting wideness of the Wintecs which is a major plus in my book.
The knee blocks are movable, but I've kept them in their original place. They're unobtrusive, and I don't mind them.
But it's synthetic!
Right, but it really genuinely does not look or feel like a cheap synthetic saddle. It actually doesn't look synthetic at all in person, and the material is very soft without being that plastic slippery shit a lot of synthetics are. My only complaint is that the billets do look like they belong on a cheap synthetic. They're shiny and ugly.
|much shinier than the rest of the saddle, |
and i don't like the way the holes are numbered.
Tekna is proud of their product I guess. There's no question what brand this baby is. The Tekna name is written at the top of the left saddle flap, both buttons above the dees are the Tekna symbol, and there's a great big, ugly Tekna button on the back where a name plate would go.
|ignore the momentary lift of the saddle. |
note that someone's head has disappeared to take care of flies.
But are they really for broke folk?
Running around $600, for the quality of this saddle you absolutely cannot beat the price. I would buy another one in a heart beat, and I've already convinced another barn goer to buy one herself after she fondled mine. In fact, once show season is officially over, I'm putting my HDR up for sale and buying a Tekna jump saddle because I love this dressage one so much.
|literally a split second from having a full blow pissy attack over flies,|
hence the soon to be kicking out hind leg and swishing tail. awkward horse.
- I would definitely recommend this for any Thoroughbred owners out there. While I'm sure it would fit plenty of other breeds, the generous cutback pommel is a godsend for high withers.
- If you're short, you will love the flap length. If you're tall, you won't mind it.
- It looks classy enough and cleans up well enough that for once I'm not at all embarrassed to flaunt a saddle in the show ring. At the same time, I have no qualms about not rubbing a rag over it for two weeks while it collects arena dust.
- Can't beat the price for the quality. Seriously cannot.
As an end note, my horse is totes sound at all three gaits. Totally throwing a taco party tonight to celebrate because fuck yeah, tacos!
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