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  • Reviews for specialized eurolight

    I'd like to hear from anybody who is using a Specialized euro light.
    The lightweight aspect is attractive(12lbs), but I wonder how secure it is. My horse still has a drop-down spook in him, and I would like to not end up on his neck. Another important thing is how comfortable is it?

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    Since no one has answered, I'll give you my opinion! I tried one out, with the shimming it was able to fit my horse great. Not so much for me. I found the twist too wide. I got an Arabian Saddle Company Solstice and love it.

    But I do have some saddle fit issues (bridging), so I tried the Specialized again, thinking it was just me, maybe I could get used to it. Nope, doesn't work. But I have at least 2 friends who swear by them and love them, both competing endurance.

    So like any saddle: it's such a personal thing. I was lucky that in my area there is an unaffiliated saddle fitter. She has many saddles of all types. My horse tried on about 20, I rode in at least 10. It really helped me learn what I liked/didn't/etc.
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    • #3
      I have not sat in one but I had a barn lady order one 12 weeks ago, she is still waiting.

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      • #4
        I would love to hear anyone's experiences with any of the Specialized saddles.
        PA Hi-Ly Visible [PA Hi-Noon (by Magnum Psyche) x Takara Padrona (by *Padron)]

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        • #5
          Didn't work for me. It KILLED my legs, so I bought fenders. Made it even worse. Didn't work for the horse either. Had back issues, so at a ride I found a "professional" Specialized saddle fitter. Within 3 rides of him fitting my horse, the horse had white hairs on his back, which he still has a year later. It was a Eurolight.

          I ride endurance and had used this saddle for about 300 competition miles and at least that in conditioning miles....
          Last edited by sign of Grace; Jun. 10, 2013, 11:47 AM. Reason: add info

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          • #6
            Review for Specialized International Model

            I have only ridden a Eurolight model one time. It was ok. I have two Internmational model Specialized Saddles and have logged almost 3,000 miles on them. I like the knee roll feature of the International for security .

            I have seen some weird fitting done by people on Specialized saddles. For me, I just keep working with shims until everyplace on the fitting cushions are flush to the horse with as equal pressure as possible. I ride 50 -100 miles and have done the Old Dominion 100 twice and Tevis twice ..Do not have a breast collar or crupper. Good back scores at vet checks, and no sore spots. They work very well for me.

            One time I did try a Eurolight that had the wide tree, and it rubbed me raw in about 5 miles. Make sure you get the standard tree unless you are riding a 1,200 pound overweight horse.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by irish_horse View Post
              I was lucky that in my area there is an unaffiliated saddle fitter. She has many saddles of all types. My horse tried on about 20, I rode in at least 10. It really helped me learn what I liked/didn't/etc.
              I'm pretty sure we use the same fitter - Susan? She's great and I love that you can try so many saddles at once!

              I got a Specialized for my mustang. At the time it was called a "Western Trail" model but I don't know if that's what it is called anymore. It has a horn and fenders and western seat, but it is lighter and had english rigging. I've ridden in it for 3 years now and loved it until just a month ago or so when my horse got a dry spot on his back and I can't figure out why - everything was fine. I've tried different pads, different shims, and nothing seems to make a difference. I flipped it over and pulled off one of the panels and I think it might be a loose screw, but I'm going to have the fitter come out and take a look.

              I find the saddle comfortable for myself and the twist isn't too wide for me.

              My complaint at this point is the lack of knowledgeable service from the company. I contacted them and sent them a ton of pictures when the problem came up and I got a crappy response of "well, sometimes there was damaged caused by a previous saddle." Um, no. This only happens in your saddle and I would appreciate an educated guess, at the very least, of things I could do to adjust it accordingly.

              So I may try to trade it in or sell it and get a different western saddle, we'll see.

              Until this experience, I would have said nothing but great things about it, but given my current situation I'm kind of "meh."
              "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran

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