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curiousgirl
Apr. 9, 2009, 02:56 PM
What's your preference, light brown or chocolate? The reps suggested light brown b/c he said the chocolate ends up looking almost black.

http://www.antares-sellier.com/en/selle/2.html

phoenix mom
Apr. 9, 2009, 03:04 PM
My daughters is the darker color and it is beautiful. It matches the Edgewood bridle that is oiled and used. I have not noticed any darkening since she got it last year. She cleans it after every use and it looks great. The buffalo seat was worth it since she rides in jeans alot. It looks like new.

gasrgoose
Apr. 9, 2009, 03:20 PM
personal preference but I like the darker

Dun Ciarain
Apr. 9, 2009, 03:29 PM
One of the founders of Antares told me that the light brown is the color of choice in the hunter ring and the dark brown is preferred in the jumper ring. Both look good. I like them both, but chose the dark brown as it looked better on the horse I was riding and I was riding jumpers.

BAC
Apr. 9, 2009, 03:55 PM
I like dark havana but when I ordered my CWD (the colors are just about identical to Antares) the rep told me to order the tan (light) and let it darken by oiling/using/cleaning and its now a gorgeous dark color but definitely doesn't look black. And I had it oiled by CWD first so it started out a beautiful color right from the beginning. I'm sure Antares could do the same for you. With that beautiful French leather Antares uses you won't have a problem with darkening to your preferred color as with some of the cheaper brands of tack.

MissintheSouth
Apr. 9, 2009, 04:00 PM
I would go with whichever you prefer. Antares can and will oil the saddle for you if you would like. I personally like the darker color, but many people in my barn have the light brown and it darkens beautifully with care.

Also, I think the dark brown looks bad on the cheaper saddles that don't oil well, but you won't have to worry about that with the quality of leather they use!

HARROLDhasmyheart
Apr. 9, 2009, 05:12 PM
I got the light brown, and it oiled to a beautiful dark color over time. Here's what it started as:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/crazyhunterchik/nov001.jpg
This is what it was like after it's first good oil:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/crazyhunterchik/antares/nov002.jpg
And here's it now:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30021034&l=1503542c33&id=1044030002
(Please excuse the HAIRY BEAST pretending to be a horse :lol:)

Dun Ciarain
Apr. 9, 2009, 05:41 PM
And here's it now:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30021034&l=1503542c33&id=1044030002
(Please excuse the HAIRY BEAST pretending to be a horse :lol:)

Definately looks like Harrold and a show at the Horse Park at Woodside.

I have the same railing in my profile photo. :lol:

Is Harrold still in the central valley?

snaffle635
Apr. 9, 2009, 06:58 PM
I got the light brown, and it oiled to a beautiful dark color over time. Here's what it started as:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/crazyhunterchik/nov001.jpg
This is what it was like after it's first good oil:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/crazyhunterchik/antares/nov002.jpg
And here's it now:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30021034&l=1503542c33&id=1044030002
(Please excuse the HAIRY BEAST pretending to be a horse :lol:)

OMG, my new Antares should be here any day...and if it looks like the first picture I will have a heart attack! I'm so glad you posted the other two pics...it looks beautiful.

HARROLDhasmyheart
Apr. 9, 2009, 07:02 PM
OMG, my new Antares should be here any day...and if it looks like the first picture I will have a heart attack! I'm so glad you posted the other two pics...it looks beautiful.

Don't have a heart attack!!! Believe me, I almost cried when I saw how light it was upon arrival. I think there were tears welling up. BUT rest assured that it get's about 99584854 times darker!

Lucassb
Apr. 9, 2009, 07:04 PM
My first Antares was the lighter color and it never did get quite dark enough for my taste; my horse is black and I really prefer his tack to be a deep, rich mahogany color.

My current Antares is the chocolate color and I LOFF it. There is no way it is ever going to look black; it is a really nice true brown and I have gotten a ton of compliments on it.

HARROLDhasmyheart
Apr. 9, 2009, 07:06 PM
Definately looks like Harrold and a show at the Horse Park at Woodside.

I have the same railing in my profile photo. :lol:

Is Harrold still in the central valley?

It IS Mr. Harrold, at a show at Woodside :) Thanks to a COTH member, I was able to track Harrold down to a barn in San Diego, although I keep secretly hoping he'll come back up North...I miss him SO MUCH. He is truly a once in a lifetime horse that I will forever be thankful I had the opportunity to lease and how :) Not to mention he's my best friend!

FrenchFrytheEqHorse
Apr. 9, 2009, 07:33 PM
Haha, my saddle looked like maccaroni when I first got it, but luckily, I opened it in the presense of my trainer who promptly handed me a can of hydrophane and said "get to work". I love the color-for the most part. Embarissingly, I have a really pointy tail bone that seems to have left a dark spot on the seat of my saddle, and as much as I've tried to oil the seat around the spot to darken it up evenly, the spot always reappears after a ride or two. I've never seen this happen to anyone else's antares, so I'm pretty sure it's my own conformation that made it like this. Still perfect, IMO, though.

Either color is lovely, and once you ride in it, you won't care if it's purple- it really will be a fantastic piece of tack!

fourfillies
Apr. 10, 2009, 04:32 PM
I got the dark brown about a year ago. At first I thought it was too dark after I oiled it but it has mellowed to a very pretty deep chocolate color. My trainer got the lighter color and to my eye (even with a lot of oiling) it never has gotten dark enough (stayed a caramel color) except at points of maximum contact, so to speak (the deepest part of the seat and panels) where it is darker.

curiousgirl
Apr. 11, 2009, 08:15 AM
OMG, my new Antares should be here any day...and if it looks like the first picture I will have a heart attack! I'm so glad you posted the other two pics...it looks beautiful.


I got the light brown, and it oiled to a beautiful dark color over time. Here's what it started as:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/crazyhunterchik/nov001.jpg
This is what it was like after it's first good oil:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v396/crazyhunterchik/antares/nov002.jpg
And here's it now:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30021034&l=1503542c33&id=1044030002
(Please excuse the HAIRY BEAST pretending to be a horse :lol:)

I really appreciate all the responses and especially the above before/after pics. I have to echo snaffle635--I was at show last weekend and when I saw a friend's new light brown, my heart sank!

Renn/aissance
Apr. 11, 2009, 06:51 PM
I have had two Antares saddles, both of which were grain leather in the light-brown color. Both oiled up to a nice chestnut with darker calfskin padded flaps and seat. I could get it darker, but right now it matches my cherry bay horse.

A friend has the Antares in dark brown and hers oiled up to mahogany.