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Spooner by Antares

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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 4.695652173913044 out of 5 by 23.
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
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