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  1. #1
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    Default Tony Slatter saddles?

    Does anyone have any experience with these saddles? How was the quality, craftsmanship and leather?

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    I had an A/P model for awhile. I thought the quality was quite nice and it fit my TB like it was made for him -- my saddle fitter said that he didn't see that many that fit right out of the box that well.
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    I had a dressage saddle quite a while back. Used it for about a year and a half, but then my horse matured and I needed a wider tree.

    I liked the seat. Saddle was well-balanced and seat somewhat shallow (or so it seemed to me compared to my old County!) so you don't have that "locked in place" feeling, so I was pretty happy with it at the time.

    Quality was good.
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    Most, if I'm not mistaken, are custom made. So it can be hard to find one that fits 'right out of the box' for a horse it wasn't made for.

    The leather is usually excellent. Craftsmanship is lovely.

    Seats are more like old Passiers and Stubbens and Courbettes--that hard, shiny, slick deal that a lot of folks today don't like. Most of the seats are of the shallower variety, but again, I think he only (?) did custom saddles, so of course, some are deeper.

    All the ones I have known have had a waist that tends toward wider. Not as wide as say the old Albions, but not as narrow as many.

    I always keep my eye on them when I see them for sale. He had (has? still making?) a knack for fitting the wide back with withers. All that I have sat in, without fail, have had lovely balance for the rider, even with minimal thigh blocks/knee rolls and more shallow, open seats.
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