What I like so far:
Quality: The saddle seems very sturdy and well-made. Nice thick leather.
Dee's: There are plenty of them and they are decorative and well-placed.
Feel: I could feel my horse under me more than I ever have before, and she was more responsive to my legs and seat.
Girth: I purchased the girth made for the saddle and the billet straps slide right through the buckles, and have nice little straps to tuck in the excess. It also has adjustment, and is made out of a waffle weave stuff that is very thin.
Dislike: Too soon to tell! I would like to warn prospective buyers that you will need a wide set of fleece leather covers as the 2 1/2 inch won't fit, the leather is too wide at the bottom with the buckle and the buckle guard. The Distance Depot sells fleece leather covers that are 2 1/2 inch and taper out to 4 inches at the bottom. I have a set shipping back to them, and a new set coming too me. Just something to keep in mind.
I'm not one to like to fiddle with stuff so it is a learning curve. Once I get it how I want it I'm going to trace the bars on the underside with a marker so I can know where the panels were in case I need to pull them off for some reason. I think we might have needed a slightly thicker foam panel. We are okay for now, but if she looses any weight I'll need to try a thicker one.
I'll be riding in a new position with my leathers back under me. This isn't really a dislike, but rather a getting used too. I rode it for just a few minutes and felt like I was back on my seat better than I've ever been, but I was also feeling muscles talking to me that I've never felt before. So not sure a go in this saddle for the Chicken Chase is a good idea without a long pre-ride first to find out where I need adjustment. If I haven't had at least a fifteen mile session in the saddle, I'll be hesitant to jump into 25 miles cold turkey. I need to find out where I will rub, chafe, or be aggravated. The answer may be nowhere, too early to tell.
Next thing to do is get her pommel pack fitted and adjusted...those straps are like a big glob of spaghetti...I never know exactly what to do or where to attach them. ~ E.G.