Spooner by Antares
Really loved the balance of this saddle. The flap was comfortable, but it did not feel forward enough even for my small frame (5'2"). And I wish the flap felt a little more secure. The saddle was beautiful and really soft. It didn't fit my horse- but he is a hard fit. Narrow back with very large withers and large shoulders. I felt like the saddle ran true to it's size in both the seat and the tree. Ultimately, I didn't purchase the saddle because it didn't fit my horse (the medium was too wide for him). He was measured by a saddle fitter for a narrow.
February 11, 2013
I have been trying a bunch of saddles from SmartPak (thank you to SmartPak and the amazing Demo program) and other peoples at the barn. The Spooner is fantastic. Very well made, nice leather and provides a great balanced position for me. I really wish that it came in a forward flap option because then it really would be the perfect saddle for me. But, in the end, this is the best saddle for me without going custom. Would definitely recommend trying this saddle.
November 5, 2012
perfect for both of us
The Spooner fits my horse perfectly. He has been uncomfortable for some time ,come to find out it was my old saddle. IT is wider over the withers and now he moves so much better. IT places me in perfect position and it is so comfortable. Well worth the wait. A MUST TRY SADDLE !!!!!!!!!!
July 17, 2012
I knew that ordering this saddle was going to be a tossup because the horse that I ride is a really difficult fit and pretty much needs a custom saddle, but with SmartPak's awesome test ride program, I figured I'd give it a try. I was so excited to receive the saddle - it was gorgeous! The leather was so soft. Unfortunately, I never even got to sit in it because it didn't even come close to fitting my horse. I would have to take a guess, especially once reading the reviews of others, that it's really comfortable to ride in. I've ridden in Antares saddles before and I love them. Sadly, this one had to go back. Would definitely go with SmartPak again, though! Great customer service!
June 26, 2012
So In Love!
This is a great saddle! I love, love, love it. It makes me feel like super glue on my horse. I ride a young, green hunter and she can over jump big time! I really feel so much more secure in this saddle than in my old one it helps a lot!!! The leather is yummy. Super soft seat and knee area. It is not broken in yet, but is already very nice to ride in. It came with oil, which was nice. I also splurged on the Antares conditioner which is excellent. I ordered a short flap as i am not tall, and I'm glad I did. Like all Antares saddles, the twist is not narrow, but feels fine. One note, the tree fits a little more narrowly compared to other med Antares trees I have tried on my horse. Not a disaster, but important. A great saddle at an amazing price from SmartPak. I am thrilled.
June 15, 2012
Excellent saddle quality, great fit!
I took this saddle on trial and would first just like to say that the Smart Pak saddle trial program is FANTASTIC! So easy and really helps you find the saddle for you and your horse. Back to the saddle, the leather felt butter soft and grippy right out of the box, it fits my mare like it was made for her, the seat is squishy and very deep and secure. I would say that, like other reviewers, I found the twist a bit wide, but not uncomfortable. The saddle really helps me slow my post and keeps me in a great position.
March 1, 2012