So my birthday is coming up and I'm toying with the idea of having a few people pool together and get me a Tekna a8. I haven't actually ridden in one (trying to track down a demo) but have seen them in person and they're quite lovely.
My local tack shop is having a sale which would bring the A8 down to $450. Wondering if there is anywhere (even if I have to wait a few weeks for a sale) that might have it cheaper?
Also, I'm more than interested to hear any reviews from anyone who's actually ridden in one!
Super, super place. A quick COTH search on here will turn up lots of good reviews...I'm lucky enough to live local! From March 31st to April 4th (I think!) they are having a big spring sale, with 15% off all saddles. So the Tekna a8 is listed at $525 on their website, 15% chops like $80 off the price.
I would totes get a Tekna Saddle. It is built on a Prestige tree. Prestige saddles work on horses with a 'substantial' wither. The point billets and Y billet evenly distribute the weight of the saddle over the horse's back.
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I was also looking for some reviews too! I found several of these saddles at multiple tack shops that I like, there all around $400-$500. I bought a super cheap saddle a little while ago, and it is super soft, but I'm not too fond of the fit of it on my horses... What brands of saddles do most of you guys use?
I have a Tekna. LOVE it. I spent a few years trying to find a saddle i could afford that would fit my wider backed welsh Cob AND me... I came close a couple times, one would fit her and not me, or me PERFECT and not her... I spent tons in trials and cant even tell you everything i've sat in at this point from cheap to as expensive as it gets, treeless to not, cause i was getting desperate. I had actually given up and started driving more. But a couple months ago i was working some horses for a friend of mine and needed something that fit me better that would hopefully suit several back types. I took a chance and bought the Tekna from Victory Canter, which came with a trial period. Instant love, bonus, it even fits my welsh cob that i couldnt fit forever, and in a MW tree even. If her back develops more, i can have it widened, better bonus, and thus far, it's fit everything i've sat it on. It looks great, wears great, low maintenance, fit's me well (Feels very close to the Prestige Gallileo i tried), it doesnt lock me in, doesnt tip me forward, but has enough depth of seat and knee roll to give me assistance when i need it. It has a MW twist to me, it doesnt hinder me at all, and i have major rubbing issues in a lot of saddles, which this does not bother me in that regard either.
It has a front point billet if you have something wider with a forward girth groove like my welsh cob, most saddles ride forward on her, but this one stays put. The panels flare upwards at the back, more banana shaped, than the modern flatter panels that flare out in points over the loin, so i find this one will fit more back types, short or long backs, wide or narrow... Good channel clearance. I havent had it rock on anything. I use it on my 13h refined section B welsh on up to 17h american warmbloods with wide backs.
The only thing i dont like about it is that i ordered the tekna leathers and they are stiff as all get out. So one day i'll replace them, but at the same time, they are easy to care for too and i'm not big on taking time to clean things lately...
The other thing is that unlike leather, i find it stays a bit colder this time of year rather than warming up to your body temperature. It's not terrible with my winter breeches.
No one will notice it's not leather and it doesnt squeak like the non "suede" wintecs will. Very nicely done with the details, it really does look like a higher end saddle, even up close. I was very surprised.
I have the Tekna jump model on my wish list and would really like a couple of the bridles. They also just came out with a childs dressage model that looks very nice.
There are some listed on ebay for 429.99 with free shipping, but they won't allow a trial. I'm interested to hear reviews as I've been thinking about getting one for a hacking/ back up saddle but have yet to sit in any.
This is a timely thread for me as I'm just starting to window-shop for a new saddle. I only just recently heard about this brand of saddle from another thread here on COTH - and oh man am I in love! I want to see one in person.
I'm going to be using the new saddle I'll eventually buy this year to start my baby (who will debut in the Dressage ring next year), so it's encouraging to hear it fits a lot of different backs - since hers will be changing, and changing, and changing some more as time goes by!