M. Toulouse Marielle Monoflap Saddle
I love this saddle!!!!!
I bought this saddle for Smartpak with some good and bad things said about M. Toulouse. I went ahead and ordered it anyways because I knew sending it back was always an option. After riding in it just once I was sure that this saddle was a keeper! I have a really bad habit of sitting too far back then getting left behind, and this saddle helped me so much!!! A lot of people say jumping any kind of height in M. Toulouses is hard, but I was jumping 3`3 training level cross country fences without problems! There were some problems with if it was in stock, when it was being shipped, and also if it was even shipped! But with there amazing customer service, ALL my questions were anwsered and all the problems were fixed! Just another reason why I love ordering from Smartpak!!!!
May 9, 2013
Nice for the price, not quite right for me
Wasn't quite the right saddle for me or my horse, which was a shame as I thought the price point was very reasonable and the quality good. Twist is medium, I strongly prefer a narrow twist, and I couldn't quite find a balance when I jumped small fences in it. I found myself leaping up my horse's neck or getting left behind - this might have been due to the saddle not sitting correctly on my awkwardly shaped horse - I really don't know. It's a very pretty saddle and I like the wool/foam combo panels, it may work better for those with more easy to fit horses.
November 9, 2012
Great Quality for Great Price
I have a TBXConnemara with no withers and I LOVE this saddle because it fits both me and my mare great. The knee and thigh blocks are in perfect position and the "grippy" leather helps me stick on the flat and over fences( comes extremelly handy when she jumps a 2' fence 5' high). I would recomend this product to everyone.
June 8, 2012
I tried a bunch of saddles and finally settled with this one. It fits my wide Conn/Tb mare very nicely. I've only had the saddle for 3 weeks and the leather is already breaking in very nicely! If you're looking for a comfortable event saddle for a reasonable price, I would recommend this one.
March 26, 2012
I was very hopeful about this saddle as I had just sold my mtl celine because it no longer fit my horses and I just loved that saddle I really wanted to find a Toulouse that fit. This saddle fit my aged quarter horse with high withers and a nicely laid back shoulder and not so round back better than my Irish sport horse who has a more upright shoulder, average wither and nicely filled in top line, which is weird to me, but both had the same problem. The front of the saddle was to wide at the pommel side of the panel and to far forward where the panel met the shoulder causing it to interfere greatly with the shoulder or causing the saddle to fit way to far back on the horses back and REALLY mess with the saddles fit.additionally I find that all of the Toulouse saddles I have ridden in have to much curve in the panel causing the saddle to rock or bounce on the horses back. This can be remedied. Or at least lessened by using a good corrective pad but I personally want my saddle to fit without gadgetry. Plus when I add a pad I tended to get some back pain from the ponies. The construction is gorgeous the saddle is comfortable but not the most comfortable have ever sat on but no complaints. The billets are SUPER long! My dressage girth had to go all the way to the top hole on both sides so go with a 20-22 inch for the average medium horse. Overall the fit is awkward and noth that great. I imagine it would fit wider horses better. Plenty of room for withers though.I have images to share but the site won't let me load them...
March 20, 2012
Nice for the price
Nice quality saddle, especially for the price. Seat is very comfortable. I only did a test ride in the saddle, so I cannot comment on how the saddle wears over time. The front portion of the tree fit my horse, but the cantle panels were too wide, and the saddle moved from side to side when I rode. Other than that, I would have purchased the saddle.
March 15, 2012