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M. Toulouse Annice Close Contact Saddle with Genesis System

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Why We Love This

The M. Toulouse Annice Genesis is hand crafted of natural, tanned, pigmented, aniline-finished high-quality leather which easily accepts oil. The innovative Genesis adjustable gullet system allows a single saddle to custom fit all of your horses safely and dependably because the Genesis provides you with every saddle width needed.

The M. Toulouse Annice Genesis is a well crafted and extremely comfortable saddle. Perfect for use in the Hunters or Equitation. The medium deep seat with narrow twist offers security, yet keeps close contact with the horse. Double leather flaps and knee rolls provide a grippier feeling and is more pliable to the touch.

Color available: Dark Caramel 

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Favorite Features

  • The Genesis gullet system adjusts your saddle to fit several different sized horses
  • Adjusta-Block knee & thigh blocks
  • Soft Touch foam panels
  • Hand laminated beechwood and steel reinforced tree with 10 year guarantee
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    M. Toulouse Annice Close Contact Saddle with Genesis System is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Strange Piece of Leather Makes It Uncomfortable There is a piece of leather at the bottom of each flap that left a mark on my inner calves. While riding, it was very noticeable and uncomfortable. I thought I might learn to live with it but thought that I dont' want to spend this kind of money and know I have to "get used to" something that hurts me from the beginning. This also got caught on the top of my half chaps as I was riding. Otherwise it's a gorgeous saddle, has a great leather top that keeps you from sliding and was close to what I thought was going to be my ideal saddle. If that leather piece wasn't there, I would have seriously considered buying this saddle.
    Date published: 2014-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best saddle i have ridden in!  When I was looking for a saddle for my horse - I knew I needed a genesis! I went to the SmartPak store to try saddles, and as soon as I sat in the M. Toulouse Annice Genesis - I knew it was the saddle for me! It's easily adjustable, i can adjust it in less then 20 seconds! The leather is such a nice quality leather. It has an extra grip and holds you in the perfect position. My horse and I love it!
    Date published: 2013-11-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not For Long Legs I just sent this saddle back today from the test ride. I am so thankful that SmartPak has this test ride system available! This saddle has a very nice broken in feel to the leather and the genesis tree is great. However, I had bruises on my calves and thighs after the first ride. The flap is way too short and the extra piece of leather at the bottom is super stiff. The top of my half chaps also got stuck on the flap several times while ridding. I tried riding in it one last time with my field boots and I could still feel the rubbing.
    Date published: 2013-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Saddle Great for my horse with high withers. Adjustable pads are awesome and helps keep your legs in place while jumping. Sticky leather for additional help keeping your legs in place while jumping. Saved me from falling on 2 occasions. Color is a little funky but I have not tried darkening oil. Bought matching bridle but it is really not the same color. Overall an awesome ride in the saddle!!! I don't think you will be unhappy with all the bells and whistles on this saddle!!!
    Date published: 2013-03-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Saddle I've had this saddle for a couple months and I really like it. I love the adjustability. I am very short and my horse has a flat, barrel back with no withers, and she's tiny. This made it extremely difficult to find a saddle that could fit us both well. The genesis system, short flaps, adjustable knee rolls and thigh blocks made it happen. The leather is great quality, very soft, however, the quality and value got a downgrade from me because the lining on the panels is not leather. It is some sort of synthetic material. The saddle is sold as an all leather saddle and after you oil it the lining is a different color from the rest of the saddle. I'm more concerned with the function, so I'm keeping it, but it is something that should be mentioned in the description. I use half chaps and have not found the pinching to be a problem, but without half chaps the saddle does pinch.
    Date published: 2012-12-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was great until I keep riding I bought this saddle 4 months ago and it went great for the test ride. The more I rode, the more I noticed that the buckle under the flap for the stirrup leathers was rubbing my calfs so bad I had bruises. The flap is also too short and kept getting the top of my boots caught, throwing me off balance. Nice saddle but too painful for my taste. Its going back...
    Date published: 2012-05-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Saddle! Purchased a little over a year ago for my (growing) 3 year old Thoroughbred. It fits her great and I have our local saddler come out ever now and then to re-adjust the Genesis tree, which has been a lifesaver because her wither and back is constantly growing and changing! The leather quality is great and is an overall good saddle.
    Date published: 2012-05-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not meet expectations My mom has a Toulouse dressage saddle that I really like, so being in the market for a budget friendly jumping saddle, I decided to try the Annice close contact. Almost everything about this saddle looks promising. Nice supple leather, cushy seat, plus the genesis tree which allows you to switch from narrow, regular, and wide so that no matter the horse the saddle will fit! However, there is one MAJOR problem with this saddle which prevented me from keeping it after my test ride. At the bottom of the outer flap there is an extra band of leather attached over the flap that pinches the middle of your calf, chaps and all. At a walk you can feel it a little but start trotting or cantering and it is a seriously uncomfortable ride. You can barely see it in the pictures but look at the zoomed in version. All I can say is that I hope someone with some power can forward on this review to the manufacturers and they can get rid of that unnecessary strap of leather. Would've been perfect if not for that!
    Date published: 2012-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice saddle My horse needs an xwide and really flat panels in the rear. She is a very stock APHA. This saddle was just wide enough when fully adjusted to the widest setting, but the panels were too sharp of an angle for her. The saddle is super soft and feels like butter. It was VERY fast and easy to adjust the width. It would be nice if it was totally wool flocked instead of a combination of foam and wool. I wish it would have fit her.....it seemed super nice. It was easy to purchase through smartpak and really easy to return....they were so helpful.
    Date published: 2011-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from soft and comfortable saddle the softest saddle I have ever rode in. It breaks in fast , the adjustable tree is far easer to adjust than the wintec with the changable gullerts . you have to fight it get the screws into the holes. with the Geniessi system it take only a few seconds to adjust and the adjustments are small amounts at a time so you can get it purfectly adjusted to your horse. I LOVE IT
    Date published: 2011-10-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So glad I bought it. After a ton of searching, and my requirements being an adjustable gullet, and a short enough flap to accommodate my lack of height, I narrowed it down to this saddle. I took a jump of faith, and bought it online without ever seeing it in person, since there's no local tack stores around me. I'm so glad I did. The leather is unbelievable, and it's so easy to custom fit it to my horse. I love having the option of adjusting it as my horse changes shape through the years. My only complaint is the billets. Very hard, not so treated leather. They have softened up with use, but don't quite fit in with the awesomeness of all the other leather. That's the only reason I gave it a four on quality. When I went on vacation, where they had a nice tack store, the leather on this saddle, compared to some other name brand saddles with a heftier price tag on them, didn't even come close. It's basically all I could ask for in a saddle. It has also opened my eyes to other M. Toulouse products, and I plan to refer to this brand for other future tack purchases.
    Date published: 2011-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Buy LOVE this saddle! The genesis system allowed a custom fit to my horse. The covered leather is also super grippy, it locks my leg in place. For the price this saddle is well worth it.
    Date published: 2011-04-12
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