Hi guys, let’s step up the game a bit here and review THE saddle.
For everyone that doesn’t know me out of blogosphere, I’ve been riding in jumping saddles since I started riding around the age of 8. To me jumping was what it was all about, although I always really liked cross and dressage as well, they never really stood a chance. Also in the particular area I live you either jump or hack, there is no other options.
But almost 3 years ago I moved from the barn I was for the biggest part of my riding ”career” and started a journey by myself. It’s harder, but it’s also more rewarding.
But that wasn’t the reason I stopped jumping (I actually continued jumping for 1 year and half more or less), what made me start doing dressage was now I could, now I could be different and pursue different paths.
So I started dressage, had a few lessons (still do here and there obviously) and I fell in love. Let me tell you jumping gives you the rush, the adrenaline, you feel invincible and you could conquer all with that feeling, but dressage moves you in a way you could only experience once you try it. It’s not lame and boring like I used to think, it’s ”poetry in motion”. But I’ll stop now with the poetries and go on with the review.
So this Dressage saddle currently costs around 649.90€, and the price IS cheap for what you get, seriously. And I should mention the one I had before was the pretty basic Lexhis KLL, that was never really right for me or my horse.
I started noticing differences in my horse’s motion one week in with riding with the new Fouganza saddle, he was using his back more and really engaging his hind legs, and that was what I really liked about this saddle. I ride around 3 horses a day, 6 days a week so I give it plenty of use.
– Very stable thank to it’s girth straps fitting system.
– The seat has great grip.
– The front knee rolls offer great stability and posture to the leg (something I used to really with before, I tended to put my legs to forward achieving the undesirable ”chair seat”).
– Very light weight, 6.2 Kg.
Again we cannot compare this saddle with a prestige one obviously, so you wont get the 20 year old saddle and still going strong kind of deal, but you are also not paying absurd amounts for it though so, it’s still worth it.
The first week you ride in it, it won’t be super comfortable and soft, but after that it’s a sofa.
Bottom line is, if you are looking for a decent yet affordable dressage saddle and you don’t ride 10 horses a day then you should opt for Fouganza romeo dressage saddle.