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M. Toulouse Premia Close Contact

M. Toulouse
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The M. Toulouse Premia is hand crafted of natural vegetable tanned, pigmented, aniline finished leather which will accept oil. All leather is tanned by French tanning methods. Classically designed by Marcel Toulouse, Master Saddler in France, to meet all the demands of the horse and rider. Ultra soft comfortable anatomically shaped seat to provide better support for the rider and center the weight properly. 

Hand laminated beechwood, steel reinforced tree with stainless steel stirrup bar.  Featuring Comfort Fit Foam Panel®.

  • Soft, air cushioned kneepads for comfort and grip.
  • Adjusta-block movable knee block system. 
  • Effective knee roll. 
  • Chocolate
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      M. Toulouse Premia Close Contact is rated 4.4211 out of 5 by 19.
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile Saddle, and Pretty to Boot I am actually a dressage rider but I wanted a saddle that could take me anywhere (trail riding, a gallop across a field, if I ever wanted to have a little jumping lesson just for fun, and on the flat) and I got just that. The saddle is super comfortable and I can sit the trot in it with absolutely no problem the leather is very soft as well and makes the saddle look more expensive than it is. I got the Genesis tree for even more versatility and I think it is a very well done and easy to adjust gullet. My only complaint is I wish the foam panels were different as they are a little hard in my opinion but that may change with more ware.
      Date published: 2014-02-25
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saddle Wow!  I love this saddle.  The leather is wonderful!  Has a little bit of stickiness to it which I loved!  Fit my horse well and was very comfortable.  
      Date published: 2013-12-11
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Soft, No Break in... I really like this saddle! There was little to no break in time, it is unbelievably soft and supple, the twist it just right and doesn't seem to be made for a man like most are and looks good in the show ring. The price is wonderful too. The only drawback I can mention about this saddle is the leather is SO soft that if scuffs VERY easily! It soaks up product like crazy when cleaning but one day later... you have scuffs all over it again. I have had this saddle for a few years now and ride at minimum 2 horses in it daily. It has stood up over time but the billets are are stretching out and I just pray it continues for the long haul. Unlike the older Crosby's and Miller lines, I have heard that Toulouse saddles, because they are so soft and there is no brake in required, don't have much longevity. I hate to say that but it is starting to look that way. Very attractive and functional saddle for the price though!
      Date published: 2014-01-17
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from fit perfectly, great value, quick break in! I did a trial in this saddle on a recommendation from my trainer because I needed an affordable saddle which would fit both my large, dippy backed, high withered, young, growing TB and me (tall, long legs). The moment I put it on his back I knew it fit. I'd test ridden a few other saddles, the Kent & Masters, the Thorowgood hybrid (from Trumble Mtn)- and both just looked wrong, bridged on his back and in general were terrible fits. I understand the M. Toulouse saddles are "knock offs" of higher end saddles and if that's true then great for me! At this time I can't afford an Antares or Pessoa. The assistant trainer at my barn was drooling over it when I brought my saddle to the barn. The leather is very nice and soft, almost immediate break in; yes the billets are stiff but for the price it's no big deal. I've heard some negative comments about the M. Toulouse and I don't understand why, I'm not expecting it be an Antares but for the price it's exactly what I'd expect, even better. Obviously it has to fit your house, and the Premia did for me! I can not comment on durability as I've only had it about 3 weeks now. I only wish it came in black!Thank you SmartPak for your wonderful test ride program!!!
      Date published: 2013-04-15
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Saddle I've Ridden In Let me start by saying I've been taking lessons and riding in several different brands, mostly Pessoas. I was looking for a saddle to use at home and on various horses I exercise, and to use on the hunter I'm hoping to get soon.This saddle is amazing quality. It has just the right amount of stick - you don't at all feel trapped in it, but it's not slick like many other saddles tend to get. It does lose a little stickiness after you use it, but not a considerable amount. I've been cleaning it with Leather CPR conditioner (the tag recommended treating it with a conditioner after each use) which hasn't changed the color and has helped soften it a little. It felt broken in when I rode in it the first time, but once it's broken in I'm sure I'll be better able to feel the thigh blocks. It puts my leg in an excellent position (something most saddles cannot do, even the Pessoas) and I feel very balanced in it. The seat is also well padded and soft, excellent for long trail rides!I'm planning on moving up to rated shows this year, and am completely confident that this saddle will give me an excellent edge in the arena.The leather is gorgeous to look at - it looks nicer than a few Devoucouxs I've seen and it hasn't sustained any wear marks yet (about six uses). This is a beautiful chocolate-brown saddle that I would highly recommend.
      Date published: 2013-11-11
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Happy Possibly the most beautiful saddle Ive ever seen (besides my friends Antares) Ive had the opportunity to ride in Prestiege, Devocoux, Pessoa, Bates and Barnsby saddles but this one is my favorite out of all of them. The seat and knee rolls are beautifully padded and its a beautiful rich chocolate color with a few natural blotch spots and the seat is a shade or two lighter than the flaps. I honestly have never been more happy with a purchase ever. The quality of this saddle is amazing and the stickiness is enough to feel secure while not feeling like I'm trapped in my seat. I cant wait to see how it ages!
      Date published: 2012-12-04
      Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Quality for Price This saddle sits the rider in a correct position, which is your first concern in choosing a saddle. The knee and thigh rolls can be moved, so you can do with or without as needed. It gives a close contact ride. The saddle fit our hard-to-fit Thoroughbred wonderfully and we could tell a big difference in his stride, relaxation, and rhythm within the first few rides (while still on trial). Ridden by a long-thigh equitation rider, I wish it came in a long flap option as going up a size wasn't something we could do. It's a super saddle for the price. The quality of the leather is very surprising in this price range - instantly broken in feel without compromising quality. We are leather snobs and this met our requirements. We highly recommend this if you are staying below the $2000 range!
      Date published: 2012-11-28
      Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, quality saddle I did a test ride of this saddle, knowing the seat size would be a little small and I would probably need long flaps. It is a very nice looking, good quality saddle...however, it did not fit my horse. I was hoping that it would, but there were too many things that just made it look off. The only other thing I noticed is that it looks like it has a slight reddish tint to the leather rather than being a rich chocolate, but that can vary for all leather. If it works for you and your horse, I would recommend it!
      Date published: 2012-06-10
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