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Spooner by Antares - Clearance!

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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.

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  • Medium-deep calfskin leather seat
  • Light brown grain leather flaps
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    Spooner by Antares - Clearance! is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 27.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from First ride went great and it looks even better! The leather is of a very nice quality, better than on my French made Pessoa’s. I talked to the Antares rep at Rolex a few years ago who confirmed that despite only being 5’3 I needed a longer flap saddle because I am all femur. But, I could not justify a new custom saddle given I just ride for pleasure now – showing, evening and hunting days are long gone. So when I saw the Spooner on close out and that there was a long flap available, I took the plunge…glad that I did. The very recessed stirrup bars really bring you into closer contact through the upper thigh and pelvis. While the twist is by no means narrow, I felt a good connection. I grew up ridding in German style saddles (30 plus years ago) and the seat does feel quite squishy to me, but I know I will adapt to that. My lower leg felt relatively secure on a brand new, not even oiled, not even remotely broken in saddle and that is always a good sign in my book. My leg only swung back once on the 1st ride during a particularly exuberant canter depart. My 19 year old ‘overly sensitive about life TB Mare’ can be really cold backed and snarky at the start of a ride, I noticed much less of her general shenanigans in this saddle. She went very freely and quite forward in this saddle from the 1st trot depart - and that is not a bad thing, she loves to suck behind the leg and be fast but lazy and not really engage. The saddle fit well in the medium tree on a 16.2 TB with pretty standard TB withers and better than average back muscles. This leather is slightly less high end than the custom Antares stuff, but it is still really, really nice. The leather took a classic glycerin saddle soap and Effax leather cream really nicely. No discolorations or darkening.Oh, and the saddle cover the thing comes with is nicer than my horse's blanket - just saying if blankets were made like that cover, they would last longer. One thing to be aware of, the bars are really, REALLY recessed so getting my double thickness with nylon core leathers into the bars took some doing.
    Date published: 2018-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality AND Good Value! I bought this saddle used 2 years ago from another boarder at my barn. I am a very petite 5'1" with a short leg, and the 6 1/2 inch Spooner with the short flap was practically made for me! The semi-deep seat feels secure, but it's not too deep that it can't be used in the equitation ring. The leather is beautiful, soft, supple and easy to maintain with regular oiling, however it does mark up easily, so be careful! As for break-in time, I can't speak to it since I didn't buy the saddle new. The only downside to this saddle is that I find it a little heavy compared to other high end saddles. Overall, this is my favourite saddle I've ever owned, and I would absolutely recommend it!
    Date published: 2017-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Befits of the Antares Spooner saddle Antares Spooner Saddle Review The Antares Spooner saddle is the perfect saddle for anyone looking for a high quality saddle, without getting a custom made one. With its slightly deeper seat, it helps keep the rider feel balanced and secure. The Spooner is the off the shelf model making it easier to get then a custom made one. It’s soft calf skin leather which is amazingly soft and very easy to clean. It is so squishy and super comfortable to ride in. With front and back knee rolls it helps keep the rider's leg in place. It also has squishy knee pads which help keep your knee on the saddle. You can get this saddle in many sizes, 16.5, 17 etc. but the downside is that if you have a long leg and a small seat the smallest size set you can get with a long flap is a seventeen inch. Another downside is that after you spend the money to by the saddle, you then also spend extra money if you buy the cleaning supplies and stirrup leathers it is even more money. The other downside this saddle is that if you are trying to adjust your stirrups while mounted it is very hard. You could try buy thinner stirrup leathers but they are still hard to adjust. Even with the Antares stirrup leathers the are still had to adjust and get on and off the saddle. They do get a little better as they break in. Overall the Antares Spooner saddle is a comfortable saddle. It also fits most horse coming in variety of different trees. If you want a nice saddle but not at the price of a custom one the Antares may be the perfect saddle.
    Date published: 2017-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this sadde I've been trying this saddle with my senior Warmblood (and he's a bit swaybacked and high withered--hard to fit) and it fits him perfectly. I love the soft leather, and the color has grown on me. It has a secure yet close contact seat that my horse loves.
    Date published: 2016-10-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for us This saddle looked good but my first impression was this it was heavy. It didn't fit my warmblood's shoulder area with enough clearance. The leather smelled good, but overall I wasn't attracted to this saddle.
    Date published: 2016-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect saddle for me! I also tried the Antares signature saddle, and the Spooner fit my long leg better. I ended up purchasing directly from Antares since I needed an 18 with a #3 flap. However, I would highly recommend Smartpak's saddle trial policy. This was by far the most pleasant and easy saddle trial process I have ever used!
    Date published: 2016-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I finally got to splurge on a good saddle so picked the antaras Spooner. I loved the calf skin seat and knee pads. The flap was not as oily as I thought but the test ride saddle was still very grippy and I'm sure after some oiling would be great. Unfortunately, it was a tad too narrow for my low withered horse. So had to send it back. It fit my TB, but that isn't who the saddle was mainly for.
    Date published: 2015-11-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice saddle, but there were a few issues... I guess I'm kind of the odd one out here, but I wasn't a huge fan of this saddle. I purchased it a little over a year ago after being in a rush for a new saddle and having a hard time finding something used in my size. The leather was very soft right out of the box, and I was able to break it in with just a few rides which was great. However, one thing I did not like about the saddle was how unsupportive the knee rolls were. They aren't sufficiently padded in my opinion, and the knee blocks felt too small. When riding, I'd have to really think about keeping my leg in the correct position, if I didn't make corrections my leg would eventually end up too far in front of me, something I've never had an issue with. The saddle also felt unbalanced, which I was surprised by as Antares has a reputation for making nicely-balanced saddles. Between these two issues, it made for a less than secure feeling over the larger fences. I think this saddle might be an okay option for someone who doesn't want the hassle or price tag of purchasing a custom saddle, it just wasn't the saddle for me. Quite obviously there are many others who love the saddle based on the other reviews! I recently sold my Spooner after finding a used Devoucoux and I am much much happier now!
    Date published: 2015-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nicely made saddle at a reasonable price I just received my test ride saddle a few days ago and love it! The saddle arrived in practically new condition... not a single mark on it anywhere! This is my first saddle and I couldn't be happier with the choice I made to get the Spooner. The thigh and leg blocks work wonders at keeping your leg still and the seat is just deep enough to be super comfy but not so deep that it's difficult to get out of the tack over fences. I tried this saddle on different horses of different body type and it fit them well... I ride in a lesson program as my horse hasn't been started yet, but this saddle should fit him once he is in training. I felt so secure in this saddle as the leather is supple but not slick and is super grippy. Ideally I would need a 17.5 seat and a short flap, but with those measurements I'd need to go custom and pay nearly twice as much! Luckily I barely get away with the 17 seat and the reg flap is just a tiny bit too long... but this saddle is as custom as it gets without actually being custom for it's quality. My trainers watched me ride in it over the 5 day test ride period and all agreed that for my body type this saddle looks great. I also ordered the Antares leather oil and conditioner and they are really helping with the break in process. I was so happy with my test ride that I decided to keep it, what a great program! The test ride program is amazing and I am so happy that SmartPak offers brands like Antares for this. I had spoken to an actual Antares rep to get a demo saddle and never heard back from them!.. didn't stop me from wanting to try the saddle so I went through SmartPak and couldn't be happier! Also, my saddle is darker than the one pictured even before oiling. Highly recommend for people looking for a high quality saddle at more reasonable price!
    Date published: 2015-02-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful saddle, unfortunately didn't fit. I tried this saddle through the test ride program, which was a great program! The saddle is beautiful with really pretty, soft leather. Unfortunately, the saddle did not quite fit my horse and I realized I wanted a little deeper seat. I would recommend to anyone to try this saddle - if it fits you and your horse, it's a great deal!
    Date published: 2015-01-27
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