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Heritage Bespoke Saddles?

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  • Heritage Bespoke Saddles?

    Has anyone ever seen these saddles in person?

    I have a young horse that has no hope of fitting into the saddles I have (Albion Comfort, Devoucoux Chiberta, & Amerigo Pinerolo), but does fit my pony saddle (Beval Butet) that, unfortunately, doesn't fit me very well nor is appropriate for eventing. The independent saddle fitter is having a hard time locating a good used saddle, let alone two, that would fit him.

    I saw these saddles mentioned in another thread & I'm intrigued. The reviews on the site are all positive, but that only goes so far. The price is decent enough that I could afford to buy both a XC & a dressage saddle at once.

    Has anyone seen these or worked with the saddlery?
    Pacific Coast Eventing
    Standing Yeager GF

  • #2
    I got a number of PMs from folks in the UK about them and nothing but thumbs up, if that helps. Hopefully within just a few weeks I can give you a personal reply based on the one I have ordered.

    How young is the young horse? If at all possible you might want to try desperately to make do until he's done growing. My mare wore wide trees until she was 5, then medium, then turned into a narrow at age TEN! Mediums still fit her OK, but it was astounding--she is a MOOSE and wears little narrow trees that neither of my small geldings could even hope to wear.
    Click here before you buy.


    • Original Poster

      He is turning 4 in May. I have been making due, but hope to start competing this year with some decent tack.
      Pacific Coast Eventing
      Standing Yeager GF


      • #4
        Would love to hear how your saddle results go. Am looking now and since this will be my last big saddle purchase, would like to get one that fits...


        • #5
          I love them They're fairly popular over here, and though I don't own one I have ridden in quite a few. As soon as my youngster fills out I am planning on getting both dressage and monoflap xc (they do packages if you buy 2 saddles too!)


          • #6
            I have one (monoflap jumping saddle) that I got in...2007? and still love it. It probably helped that I had a good idea of what I did and didn't want, and I communicated all that to Matty.

            Recently Patty Merli was able to tweak it to fit my younger mare (had it made for my older one, who has changed drastically as she's aged). It's very secure, without being restrictive. I can drop my stirrups and do flatwork, or hike them up and go for a gallop (or a 4-hour foxhunt) and be very comfortable and balanced. I have ridden in other XC saddles and really couldn't do flatwork in them--those would have been great for actually doing XC, but not so much for the combination of flatwork/hacking/jumping/fitness work that I do on a daily basis. I do prefer to ride in my jump saddle a majority of the time, rather than a dressage saddle. YMMV. I grew up riding in a pancake Courbette close contact, and my other jump saddles are an ancient Barnsby and a Prestige Michel R. I'd say the Heritage gives me a longer seat and balance point than the Prestige (so I can get in the "back seat" when needed) but allows for a similar balance in 2 point/galloping.

            The main negative I see is resale value (just due to lack of name recognition). For me, that consideration was outweighed by initial purchase price, but you're likely to take a big hit if/when you need to resell. If you tend to gravitate toward the same type of horse, I think they will allow for pretty good flocking adjustments, which would make it a safer bet. I had Matty make mine a bit extra wide to allow me to use a fleece half pad, and that extra width has come in handy to pad/shim for changing horses.
            Custom and semi-custom washable wool felt saddle pads!


            • #7
              Update--I ordered mine on January 13 and it is already ready for shipment. Very excited to meet it! I will post with pics when it arrives.
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              • Original Poster

                Thanks for the update! I would love to see pictures!
                Pacific Coast Eventing
                Standing Yeager GF


                • #9
                  I have had mine for probably 8 or 9 years now - it is fantastic value - high quality leather. I had it made for my horse to start him in and he was tough to fit. I am located in Canada and really love the product - I don't think you can find better value.


                  • #10
                    I found the saddle to be pretty average in almost every respect. I didn't find the leather to be "high quality", and is actually wearing (chipping!) in places after only a couple years of use.
                    I have many friend in the UK and a UK native saddle fitter, and no one had ever heard of the brand. The saddle fitter thought the fit was workable, but didn't think it was a custom fit (my horse is pretty easy to fit).
                    I think for the money it's on par with most low-mid range saddles in the US. It's not as nice as say County, Albion, Hastilow, or some of the other British brands i've tried, but then the price reflects that.