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Tell me about Killington Saddles

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  • Tell me about Killington Saddles

    I found this on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Trumbull-Mou...item2a144cac4b

    I have a hard to fit, flat backed, barrel of a paint horse that I need a saddle for. I am a stickler for nice, supple leather and not the new "plasticy" leather they have now. Anyone know what the leather is like on a Killington and how they fit, ride, etc?

    This is the best pic I could find that shows how flat his back is... It is also a pic of me falling off http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...43029495CvghwM

  • #2
    Why not just give Trumbull Mtn a call?

    ETA OK just looked at the photos on your ebay link & that saddle looks pretty curvy! (sorry I don't have any comparable photos of the saddle that fits our flat backed guy)


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by alto View Post
      Why not just give Trumbull Mtn a call?
      I figured they would be a little biased and would like some honest feedback, but if the feedback here is good, I'll definitely give them a call


      • #4
        TM always gets rave reviews for their willingness to assist in saddle fitting & recommendations (without selling a saddle to said customer), so it would be worth your while to get some back conformation photos & wither/back tracings


        • #5
          I worked w/ Trumbull when I recently was on the search for a saddle for my PROPANE-TANK-SHAPED big Morgan mare.

          I was tempted by the Killington, but for the price, I ended up finding higher-quality (better leather for sure) in the County Innovation XTR.

          I highly recommend that specific model for super wide/flat backed horses. The Innovation runs crazy-wide, compared to other County models (like Stabilizer, Symmetry, etc)

          I also tried a couple of the Black Country saddles but they didn't fit as well on her, and didnt fit me at all. But I've heard GREAT things about the BC saddles, so you could at least try?

          I don't know if you'll be as happy w/ the Killington if you are used to very high-end saddles.... however - they are said to fit those barrell-shaped horses well.

          P.S. My big Morgan mare (yes she's fat in this pic) w/ the County Innovation XTR on (in size XW)

          P.P.S. Bad picture of her snoozing, but you can see her ROUND SHAPE and why she is like a Propane- Tank across the back:

          P.P.P.S. This pic shows how extremely flat-backed she is:
          Equine & Pet Portrait Artist
          **Morgans Do It All**


          • Original Poster

            I didn't know Morgans got that round! Thanks for the heads up, if/when I sell my WB, I may bring a County rep out to fit him. He's my forever guy so I want to find him a saddle we'll both love!


            • #7
              When I was trying to fit my Haf, I tried a Killington II. It was a used model from Trumbull Mountain. I think it might have been calf leather. I'm not sure. OMGeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, I was in loooooooooooooove. Soooooooooooooooo buttery soft! I swore I was riding on a pat of butter.

              But alas, it was TOO squishy soft, even in the panels that it sat down on Haffie Boy's tiny withers.

              I'd buy one in a heart beat if it fit a future horse. My Haf isn't completely barrel shaped though, so I'm not sure how well it would fit super duper round. He has a big shoulder, a slight "scoop" to his back and a wee bit of withers.

              I did, however, end up with a BC Wexford which I love, love, love, love! Everyone comments on my saddle and how awesomely comfy it is.


              • #8
                Yes, Morgans do come that round. She is of the bigger boned, bigger bodied older type...very sturdy. (and tall at 15.3 hands)

                Many Morgans are more finely built than her, but there are lots out there this substantial!

                Good luck!!! Try to get your hands on a County Innovation if you can....love that saddle!

                Looks like nice feedback on the Killington too
                Equine & Pet Portrait Artist
                **Morgans Do It All**


                • #9
                  I don't find them "low end" at all! Soft like butter. I prefer to ride in the Killington rather than my dressage saddles!
                  "I don't know what your generation's fascination is with documenting your every thought... but I can assure you, they're not all diamonds." Mr. G


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cheektwocheek View Post
                    I don't find them "low end" at all! Soft like butter. I prefer to ride in the Killington rather than my dressage saddles!
                    Thank god!!! Someone else who gets the "butter" analogy! People always look at me weird when I describe my experience with the Killington.


                    • #11
                      I just tried a Killington and thought it was lovely....extremely comfortable. Alas, it fit my horse but not me...too small. As for comparing it to a County....for me it was just as comfortable and about 1000 dollars less...but not nearly as well known (yet)


                      • #12
                        I think it's Trumbull Mountain's "house-made" saddle and a recent development, so I am not sure there are all that many out there that didn't come from TM in the not-hugely-distant-past. Jay at TM is wonderful, he'll give you the straight scoop and not the hard sell, give him a call.

                        I called about a Killington as part of my neverending search for another (yes ANOTHER) used Black Country Quantum/Maelstrom. He was happy to tell me about the Killington, although ultimately it doesn't seem like it would work for what I need. So, my search continues...
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