I gathered up my stuff this morning, dressed in layer, sock hat, and gloves. Caught up the Phebers, saddled her up and rode her. So here is the good, the bad, and the ugly on my Sycamore Creek Saddle.
The bad: One thing I found issue with did not relate to the saddle directly. It has center fired rigging and I need longer latigos for both sides. The other was that it will have a tendency to roll. I don't feel this is a saddle defect at all, just a fact of life with such wide, low, withers on this horse. With breast collar and crupper, it should be okay.
The ugly: I honestly have no complaints. This was a handmade saddle so was not necessarily as "slick" in appearance as an assembly made model. However it is plenty sharp enough to suit me, my tastes, and my horse. The photos in a previous post will give you a look at it.
The good: There wasn't much about this saddle that I didn't like. My horse requires almost an eleven inch gullet. Try finding one of those in a off the shelf manufactured saddle. YOU WON'T. The saddle had good spinal clearance, with a nice clear channel down the spine. I ran my hand under the tree/bars to see if the shoulder was going to be crowded, and my hand slid under without any sticking places. The seat was very soft, and cupped by butt, giving a very secure feel. Phebes had never had on a crupper, and after one little goosey hop in the round pen she was over that. The crupper did help to stablize the saddle.
Sycamore Creek Saddle
Their service: Tony dealt with my many emails, changes in what I wanted, didn't want with patience and good humor. I talked to him a month or two before I was able to order. This saddle was customized to my specifications and let me tell you I about ran the man ragged....he was very patient. I also expected this saddle to take several months. He had it sitting on my doorstep in about six weeks. I'd order from them again, and may well do that if they develop their endurance model down the line (weight between 11 and 13 pounds). ~Endurance Granny
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