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Spooner by Antares

Antares
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As riders and online shoppers, we know it can be tough to buy a new bridle or pair of boots without trying them on. That's why we moved the fitting room to your living room (or barn)! From breeches to blankets, if you or your horse can try it on, you can return it, free! Just use the pre-paid return label included in your order within 60 days from the purchase date. And of course, please make sure the item is in like-new condition with original packaging (we said 'fitting room', not 'war room'!).

Why We Love This

The Spooner by Antares is for those with a discerning taste who need a ready-made saddle. Classic French design is perfect for Hunters or Equitation. Designed by Antares for Richard Spooner, "The Master of Faster" as he is known on the Grand Prix circuit. The Spooner helps place the rider in correct position allowing the rider to focus on the ride rather than their position.

Favorite Features

  • Medium-deep calfskin leather seat
  • Light brown grain leather flaps
  • Knee and thigh blocks.
Sizing It Up

Seat sizes 16.5", 17", 17.5 and 18". Short (1), Regular (2) or Long (3) flap.

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    Spooner by Antares is rated 4.8667 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from gorgeous 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!
    Date published: 2014-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
    Date published: 2012-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
    Date published: 2014-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking for a durable, pliable saddle leather? Though I didn't end up purchasing this saddle (didn't fit my horse — what a shame!) but I really wanted to put in a review. The Spooner is an impeccably made saddle, with the utmost detail in the stitching. The leather is very soft, and very pliable, and I imagine it wears VERY well. My only complaint is that I find this saddle is not as comfortable for tall, leggy riders. I found the twist a little wide (my friend found it comfortable, so it has it's types) and the 3 flap was just a little short. Don't take this the wrong way, it took me a couple of days to get over it! I really wish this saddle worked out, but it didn't quite clear my TB's high withers. Definitely take a look at this saddle, you won't be disappointed. I feel like this is a great price for such a high quality saddle. My budget has exponentially grown after this saddle, it sets high standards.
    Date published: 2014-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Spooner saddle I tried the Spooner, Antares Jumping Saddle and the PJ saddle. My favorite was the Spooner. It is so comfortable. The Spooner's seat is deeper than the than the Antares jumping saddle and the PJ saddle, which I love. The seat is like butter. This saddle fits my my TB very well. The seat size runs a bit small so go to the store and try it first before you order it online. I really love this saddle. It is so comfy and well made.
    Date published: 2014-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Saddle! Beautiful, lovely saddle. The picture on the website really does it no justice; it's super pretty in person with the nicest leather I've ever seen in a saddle.It is beautifully balanced and really, really comfy. I feel like I could sit the canter all day. The seat is deep enough to add security without feeling like you're stuck or can't move into two-point. The saddle is a great fit for my long thigh, even in the #2 flap.It fits my TB great - he's broad in the back with withers and it is wide enough in the tree while still offering enough clearance through the withers. I imagine it would fit quite a range of horses.Really, just a great saddle. You can't beat the price for a new Antares and this saddle is just beautiful.
    Date published: 2014-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is a fabulous saddle!!!! i bought this saddle because i was trying to find a saddle that fit my mare. she had been running out at fences and really acting up, such as bolting and bad bucking fits (often at the same time) once being evaluated, we found that her back was very sore. she flinched when i ran my hand down her spine. it was sad to watch such a talented little mare be restricted based off of what we had assumed to be "just bad behavior and freshness". well that is no more!! the Spooner by Antares has been such a miracle for me, my trainer and for Willow. i love the color and the position it puts me in! its a bit pricey but overall its such a great value. it was like getting a new horse really. now our goals for this wonderful mare seen much more attainable. thanks Smartpak and Antares!
    Date published: 2014-03-06
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