I’ve spent about 48 hours ruminating over my new saddle, and I’ve officially decided to keep it. Now that I’ve made that decision I’m going to slather it in conditioner and get that baby broken in as soon as possible… but I also figure I should blog about it. For those of you just checking in, I settled on the Prestige Roma Jump because it was in my price range, has a higher channel for wither clearance, and a flattish tree for Simon’s long, flat back.
To start, let’s tell you a bit about the saddle since it’s a newer model for Prestige and there aren’t a ton out there. Compared to the similarly priced models (Pessoa, Bates, M. Toulouse) I’ve touched and sat on in tack shops the Prestige is much, much nicer in my opinion. My seat and knee rolls are calf, but the rest is grain leather. I opted for smooth, and even though it’s brand new it’s quite grippy already.
The saddle has white piping along the back, and even though mine is minutely wiggly it still is a pretty detail. The knee blocks are huge on this thing, so if you have a wibbly wobbly leg they are sure to help. For me, the twist is a bit narrow so that is my slight “meh” point on the saddle, but if you like a narrow twist you’ll be happy. Also, the seat is quite deep. I found it immediately easy to sit the canter, which is one of my struggle points… so that is appreciated.
As for Simon, the saddle fits him better than anything else I’ve put on him. He was happy to move forward under saddle and tripped/fell out less in the hind. I will still need a half pad and some shims perhaps, but honestly my horse is funkily built and I think this is about as good as I’m going to get without going custom. Right now my wallet really just doesn’t want to pay much more than I already have for this saddle.
I will say that my acquisition of the saddle was not my favorite experience ever. Last week I was scathing and wrote a long blog post detailing the customer service issues, but I’ve decided not to post it. Let’s just leave it at while I got good online help with fitting from Farm House, I would not choose them again to make such a large purchase that was pretty time sensitive to me. I believe some things happened that affected my saddle timeline that they could not control, but there was no attempt to make me a happy customer in the end and I could have gotten the same saddle from a different retailer plus leathers and the use of a demo saddle while I waited. Overall, I like the saddle. I wish I could say I loved it and it’s the best purchase I’ve ever made, but I’m not there yet. Partially I’m sure because of all the drama getting it here, and I got pretty riled up over that. I think I will get more used to it, and not having to worry constantly if it’s going to make Simon bleed or rub the hair off his back is for sure going to be a huge bonus 🙂