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Um, is my saddle too light??

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  • Um, is my saddle too light??

    I didn't think it was...but while on vaca, a very good and experienced trainer, who I respect, said "oh my saddle was that color when I first got it."

    Cue silent consideration of my saddle. My saddle, which while new is not new. It has somewhere between 50-100 rides, since I just got it this past late summer and then took the winter off. It is also darker than when it arrived, and I greased it after ride (first 15) as I was instructed.

    So then I started looking at the pictures I had of it. Hmmmm. Care to make a judgment call?

    Saddle on pony (not mine, I wish).
    Saddle on diff horse.
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  • #2
    Personally I prefer a darker color, but there is nothing wrong with yours, it isn't as if its orange. Also, as you continue to ride, clean and condition it, it will gradually darken more. Its much better to let it darken gradually anyway rather than dump a bunch of oil on it right away just to make it darker.

    If you're happy with it, just ignore any one else's comments.


    • #3
      There is nothing wrong with the color of your saddle. It's more of an oakbark / tobacco color, rather than a havana. There are certainly plenty of high end saddles on the market right now in that color. It's a matter of personal preference.

      It will darken with time and cleaning. I agree with BAC...let it happen naturally. Dumping a ton of product on it at once can eventually come back to haunt you.


      • #4
        I dont think your saddle is too light ... at.all!

        My saddle is a bit lighter than yours is and I match my bridle to it, it looks great on my horse as yours looks great as well.

        Experienced trainer told you this or not... that is just one persons opinion and you know what they say about that Ignore the comments, Happy Riding!


        • #5
          Well, it's your saddle so if you like it that color, that is really all that matters.

          If it were mine, though, I would want it to be darker. Quite a bit darker, in fact. But I am a traditional old school sort, and I like ALL my tack to attain that beautiful mahogany color, with the patina that comes from time, use and good care.
          We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


          • #6
            I think that color is fine. It'll get more rich over time. I do think if that is you in the third pic that it's not a great fit for you though.


            • #7
              My caramel buffalo Antares is the same color as your saddle, OP - and even over time it hasn't gotten much darker than that. It will never be havana but may continue to get darker, albeit within that same shade. Makes it tough on someone who likes their girth/bridle/eq boots to match the saddle, like I do.

              Honestly, if i had it to do all over again, I'd get everything in havana. These days it's hard to escape caramel/tobacco/oakbark, it seems - bah.

              I miss plain old beautiful dark havana! (With newmarket seat and knee rolls, if we're really daring to dream here. ) Is that not possible in calf and buffalo leathers?


              • #8
                lol op - was just venting my own frustrations. your saddle is beautiful and not at all out of the ordinary. it doesn't look new, it just looks like it's one of the lighter colors to begin with that are so popular right now!


                • #9
                  Personally, I think it's lovely. And I'm quite traditional...
                  "Life is too short to be a slave to the whims of others." -- RugBug, COTH


                  • Original Poster

                    It is me in the saddle, and it does fit me. Custom in fact. Bad angle and all.

                    I haven't cleaned it or done anything in months, so that probably made it look lighter in the last two pictures, taken from my vaca. Anyways, thanks for the feedback everyone.
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                    • #11
                      I think the color is fine, it will darken with cleanings and oilings. Though I agree with the person that said it doesnt look like a good fit? Hopefully it is a bad angle, but the flaps look very forward (too foward for your leg), and the seat looks to short? But thats just from the pictures.


                      • #12
                        What colour is the horse your riding it in?
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                        • Original Poster

                          And no, again, this thread is about the COLOR. Here is ME, in the saddle brand new on the first ride, and my mare. My stirrups were way too long on the chestnut mare. Here I am, on a different horse, and you can see how it's really just the horse and stirrup and angle.
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                          • #14
                            It's the same color as my 2006 Devoucoux. That is about as dark as they get. I don't mind the color at all.


                            • #15
                              Same color as my Antares and I've had mine since Fall of '07. Cleaned regularly.
                              If only horses would use their athletic powers for good instead of evil. ~ MHM


                              • #16
                                Still looks too short, and flat too forward to me. But I give up


                                • #17
                                  I think its lovely.
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                                  -fry & laurie


                                  • #18
                                    I love the color- I have a PJ and have just used Lederbalsm on it to keep it the lighter color.


                                    • #19
                                      I still like the color of it.

                                      However, it does look "off" in the pic of you & your mare (first new saddle ride) because none of your tack matches.

                                      I really like light saddles but if you don't match it from head to toe it throws off the whole package.


                                      • #20
                                        I like the color. Not a lot different than either mine or DD's for that matter. I just make sure that bridles are similar in color and it's fine. There are LOTS of saddles out there that color these days - more than the havana it seems.
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