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Stubben Portos Deluxe Close Contact Saddle. Seat measures 17.5”. If you would love to order a new full-buffalo French saddle but don’t love the $5,000+ cost to order one, this may be a saddle that gives you a taste of that feel for less. The leather is incredibly soft and grippy covered leather, comparable in feel to the buffalo leather on a French saddle in my opinion. Features a narrow twist, which many riders find helps their leg to wrap down and around the horse very well (as opposed to feeling “perched” on top of the horse). If you like the narrow twist on a Butet saddle for the rider but haven't found Butet to be the right fit for your horse, this saddle could be an alternative choice for you. 31cm (medium-wide) tree, a versatile tree size that will work well for many horses, making this an especially good choice for a rider who wants a saddle they can use on more than one horse. Serial number C 473431, Fancy stitched knee pad, reinforced lower leg to prevent wear at contact points. Flap is considered standard by the manufacturer, and measures generously enough to work for either an average or longer-legged rider, at approximately 14” from the top of the stirrup bar where the buckle sits to the bottom of the flap and approximately 13 ¾” in width at the widest point. Front and back blocks. Has both billet guards. New around $3280 (I have seen manufacturer’s suggested retail as high as $4150). Excellent condition, I just see some unevenness of color on the underside of the panels. Comes with Stubben cover, which is a very pretty blue ultrasuede type of material. Saddle purchased new by owner less than a year and a half ago. $2295 SALE $1995
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CWD Close Contact Saddle. This is “Dream Saddle” that everyone salivates over, so forgive us that our listing is a little more lengthy than usual on this one, as it does takes more space to describe all the features on this saddle. This is the 2GS model, which is the more updated version of the 2G. I am told that the 2GS was designed to provide an even closer feel of the horse than the original 2G, so that the rider feels even more wrapped down and around the horse. Gel seat provides an even more comfortable rider, with a better distribution of weight. Carbon fiber cantle protects against dings from travel and showing. Carbon fiber on flap improves stability for the leg. Stirrup keepers are "depressed" inward and are more snug than usual to keep the excess stirrup leather flat, secure, and out of the way of the rider. In addition to these features, the integrated panel allows for less bulk under the rider's leg, and the cutaway sweat flap maximizes contact through the lower leg. Here is what the manufacturer has to say about this model (some of the translation is a little awkward, but bear with me):
2Gs is an evolution of the first saddle sports composite material 2G. Each mounting member of the tree is inserted directly into the composite reinforcement and the use of an embedded seat always brings the rider a bit closer to his horse. The composite fibers provide a more accurate transmission of information. The semi deep seat offers good support and guidance from the rider, while stabilizing the center of gravity and thereby creating optimal close contact. For the horse: Wide, concave, integrated panels for optimum pressure distribution of the saddle on the horse's back. Panels designed to relieve the horse maximum pressure on the transverse processes of the spine. An opening pommel at the shoulders gives them a development of the amplitude of movement. For the rider: A close optimal contact with integrated panels offering the rider a sense of permanent contact with his horse and allowing precision actions of the rider. A closer feel by a lower cut portion underlying the stirrup leather with a single layer. A second cut down on false neighborhoods contributing to the close contact. Perfect comfort with a gel seat so targeted and reinforcements neighborhoods active ensuring optimum leg support. By way of stirrup disposed lower thus decreasing the angle "stirrup / stirrup knives / from stirrup leather" and reducing the thickness in the small district. Comfort abductor by a large knob obtained by an additional integral foam on each side of the ring. Finish provided by a carbon protects cantle avoiding premature wear to the party and slices sanded, stained and varnished producing a touchdown devoid of harshness. Support cleats on hard leather for a clean cut without tearing. Long and sewn omelettes preserving neighborhoods below the wear due to friction buckles straps.
Seat measures approximately 17 ¾”, so may work for a rider who normally takes either a 17.5 or an 18. Flap is long length, regular position (though I note from the flap’s generous measurement in width that it would also be generous enough to accommodate a rider with a long femur and/or who normally takes a forward flap). Flap measures approximately 15” from top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the flap, and approximately 15 ¼” in width. Tree measures approximately 4.5” between the two dots, a generous regular tree with a versatile fit that will work for many horses. This particular saddle features a more narrow twist, ideal for allowing the rider to wrap the leg down and around the horse well. Excellent condition. Soft, supple, buttery French leather with a nice grippy feel, just the way we like it! Comes with specially embossed “2GS” billet guards, and CWD cover that includes the stirrup slots to allow the saddle cover to be used as a rain cover to ride to/from the arena in on drizzly days to protect your saddle. Front and back blocks. In my opinion, compared to regular CWD models, this model provides more support behind the leg for extra stability, has an extra comfortable seat (due to the gel seat), and features a closer feel of the horse relative to the previous generation of 2G models (due to the placement of rider closer to the horse than on the 2G according to the manufacturer.) The stirrup leather keepers are designed to reduce bulk under the rider’s leg with a design that helps them lay flat and keeps them more securely tucked away. Excellent condition. (As a nameplate cannot be put on the carbon fiber cantle, nameplate holes from previous owner are underneath billets on the sweatflap instead of on the cantle. You will want to do the same rather than mess up the carbon fiber cantle, and can place your own nameplate there if you like.) Great opportunity to save time and money, avoiding the wait (which last time I checked was about 6 months for a 2GS to be ordered new) plus having the opportunity to test ride the actual finished product before you commit, which most manufacturers do not allow other than a demo ride on a 2Gs that is not the exact one you would be ordering new. Beautiful saddle for the rider who appreciates that a great saddle can be an essential part of the equation to maximize his or her ability to achieve the next level in riding. If you are ready to move to the next level, try a 2GS and see what it does for your riding. The 2GS retails for up to $7900 + wait time. Made in 2014. $5395 SALE $4595
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Beval Solaris 17.5 Close Contact Saddle. Featured integrated panels for a closer feel of the horse and less bulk under the rider’s leg. Front and back blocks. Padded flap, with a beautiful design similar to the Devoucoux Oldara flap look, with a greater surface area to allow the rider to press more of the inside of the leg against the pad for increased grip and security compared to the typical half-moon shaped knee pad. Flap is stamped long, and I would describe it as a long and forward position flap. (Great flap for a rider who is long from hip to knee.) Flap measures approximately 14 ¼” from the top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the flap and approximately 14 ¼” in width at the widest point. Comes with a free pair of matching Beval leathers. Here is what the manufacturer has to say about the model: “The Beval Solaris has been designed with today’s horse and rider in mind. For the horse… the Solaris offers a medium wide width, a wide gullet and specialized balanced integrated panels that provide maximum comfort and fit for the horse. For the rider… the Solaris provides a deep seat with a modern flair in a variety of seat sizes and flap options to fit any rider. Top quality leather that creates that “soft grippy” ride.” http://www.beval.com/Beval-Solaris-Saddle Retail is $2800 plus the cost of leathers, bringing the value of the total package to around $3,000. This one was purchased new in 2015 and appears to have been made in 2014 from stamp. Stunning condition. This model is available in one tree width that the manufacturer describes as medium wide, but I would describe tree fit as more of a true medium, measuring approximately 4 ¼” between the dots; in my opinion this saddle would be likely to fit light to medium build horses (such as TBs, TB/WB crosses, and lighter WBs) who need some wither clearance. Stunning condition, nearly new. Before you buy new, test ride this one for less, and enjoy the nearly new condition plus free Beval leathers. I think this could be a great saddle for a rider who likes a Butet but is looking at a lower price point than what a similar year/condition Butet would cost. $2195 SALE $1895
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Devououx Biarritz 16.5” Close Contact Saddle. Seat measures true to size. French grain leather with calfskin knee/seat. Flap is standard length and position for this seat size (1), and measures generously in length, approximately 13” from the top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the flap and approximately 13” in width at the widest point. Tree is stamped regular (“arcade normale”); in terms of actual fit, the fit is so generous (measuring approximately 4 5/8” between the dots) that I would recommend this saddle as best suited to horses that might normally take a wide tree such as warmbloods, ponies, and other fuller-bodied horses. Front and back blocks. No billet guards. Made in 2006. I see some things to point out…I see spidering, a parrot beak mark on piping trim near pommel, and flaws around the felt dots on the underside of panel on each side. Otherwise normal wear. This saddle has never had a nameplate on it, so yours would be the first! New starts around $4,600 and up plus wait time. $2095 SALE $1895
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Tad Coffin Close Contact Saddle. If you want a nearly new condition saddle at a fraction of the new price, this may be the saddle for you. Seat measures approximately 18” (stamped 18.5 but runs smaller as is typical for this brand.) This is the TC2 model, designed for rider who prefer a deeper seat compared to the original flatter seat model. Excellent condition. Front and back blocks. Padded flap. Tree and panels are designed to offer wither clearance for a horse with withers. The highly-desirable Smart Ride Technology is designed to allow the tree to move with the horse. Here is what the manufacturer has to say about the TC2: “The TC2 is a favorite among America’s top riders, and is designed for riders looking for a secure, balanced ride with a deeper, narrower feel. The TC2 gives the same sense of closeness and feel as the A5. This saddle fits a high-withered horse with less need for padding.” Here is what the manufacturer has to say about Smart Ride: “Nine different unique structures were developed and incorporated into the SmartRide™ saddle tree to allow movement along these eighteen axes within specific parameters. Examples of these structures include: main engineered support rail to provide longitudinal stability; low frequency wave attribute to provide side-to-side flexibility and freedom of movement of the pommel tips away from the horse’s shoulders; high-strength, multi-directional carbon fiber used to stabilize the girth area and provide load distribution during takeoff and landing; and strain relief areas within the tree to allow the pommel of the tree to act independently from the seat and cantle.” For more info on SmartRide, visit link: http://www.tadcoffinsaddles.com/smart-ride/ . Flap is suitable for a rider of average height (I would estimate riders of 5’2” to 5’6” or so), measuring approximately 13.5” from the top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the flap and approximately 13.5” in width at the widest point. Made in May 2012. Excellent condition, ideal for a rider who appreciates a saddle in close to new condition. I just see the usual nailholes from a name plate. Price new is is the neighborhood of $6,000. Enjoy the beautiful soft, supple leather and SmartRide performance that is in such high-demand for the fraction of the price, and your friends will swear you bought it new because the condition is so nice. $3795.
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County Stabilizer Close Contact Saddle. Stamped 17. Incredibly soft, supple leather. This is County’s version of calfskin leather, which they call bull leather; it has the feel and softness of calfskin but is supposed to be more durability than typical calfskin. Here is what the manufacturer has to say about the Stabilizer model: "The Soundness Solution.” When you combine our patented tree, which eliminates twisting on the landing side of a jump; our specially designed wool flocked panels with unique features which can eliminate saddle shifting, your horse will tell you almost immediately: The Stabilizer™ is unquestionably “The Best for Backs.” Made in June 2008. Flap is stamped forward. Features front blocks. Has both billet guards. Features integrated panels for a closer feel of the horse. Tree is stamped medium, and panel design offers wither clearance. Beautiful condition, the only thing I see is a very faint hint of a cosmetic wrinkle in the seat leather. Wool-flocked, which allows a saddler to adjust the flocking to further fine-tune the fit to your horse to a certain extent. This saddle glows with good care. County saddles retail in the range of $5,000 new. Comes with County saddle cover. $2395
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CWD 17” SE02 Close Contact Saddle. The SE02 model is the deeper seat option. Seat measures true to size. Full calfskin, an expensive premium feature. This leather came from an especially soft, buttery, grippy batch of leather, ideal for the rider who appreciates a grippy saddle for a secure ride. Flap is regular length and position (2L) measuring approximately 13 ½” from the top of the stirrup bar where the buckle sits to the bottom of the flap and approximately 13 ½” in width at the widest point. Padded flap. Front and back blocks. Integrated panels for the closest possible feel of the horse. Cutaway sweat flap design for best possible lower leg contact. Tree is a regular that is more of the TB type of fit (as opposed to the more typical roomy medium-wide type of fit commonly seen in this brand); this saddle is likely to fit best on TBs, TB/WB crosses, light WBs, Appendix QHs, and other horse with a high-withered, lighter build. Measurement between the two dots under the pommel is approximately 4”. I see some wear on the calfskin areas including cantle rubbing and a bit of wrinkle in the calfskin on the flaps. Comes with both billet guards. If soft, grippy leather is what you are looking for, I think you would be hard pressed to find any softer, more grippy leather on any other saddle. Made in 2010. Price new is in the neighborhood of $5,000. Comes with CWD fleecy-lined cover in brand-new condition that has the stirrup slots so can be used in the rain as a rain cover. $2995 OUT ON TRIAL
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Antares 18” Close Contact Saddle. Beautiful saddle, ideal for the rider who wants a saddle that is close to new in condition but at a saving of time and money compared with ordering new and waiting for the saddle to be made and shipped over from France. Flap is long/forward (3A) measuring approximately 14 ¼” from the top of the stirrup bars to the bottom of the flap and approximately 14 ¼” in width at the widest point. Regular tree, measuring approximately 4.5” between the dots, a generous size that will work for many warmbloods. Padded flap. Front and back blocks. Has both billet guards. Comes with fleecy-lined Antares cover. Gorgeous supple French grain leather with calfskin knee and seat. Excellent condition, I just see the typical signs of use on billets. Made in 2013. Cost new is around $4,500 + wait time. Try this one and save time and money, plus you have the chance to try it before you decide whether to finalize the purchase, unlike with ordering custom where you may not be able to get a refund if you don't love the finished product as much as you had expected. Comes with fleecy-lined Antares cover. Ready to go for your next big show. $3195
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Antares 17” Close Contact Jumping Saddle. Seat measures true to size. Flap is long length and forward in position, ideal for a longer-legged rider. Features soft, supple, grippy French leather. Flap measures approximately 14” from the top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the flap and approximately 14 ¼” in width at the widest point. Features front and back blocks. Tree is regular, on the generous side measuring approximately 4.5” between the two dots under the pommel, a versatile tree side that will work for many horses including many warmbloods. Very good condition, I just see some rubbing on bottom of flap and slight darkening on underside of panels. This saddle has never even had a name plate on it, so let yours be the first. Has both billet guards. Comes with cover. Made in 2012. Retail new is around $4,500 + wait time. $2,995. SOLD
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CWD 17” Close Contact Saddle. This is the SE02 model which is the deeper seat option. Full calfskin, an expensive premium upgrade. Those who appreciate the most grippy leather available will especially appreciate this saddle as it came from an especially great batch of calfskin, buttery, soft, and supple. Flap is standard length for the seat size, forward position (2C), which offers enough leg room for riders who have a long femur and/or for times when you may wish to raise your stirrup leathers as the jumps get larger. Flap measures approximately 13.5” from the top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the flap and approximately 14” in width at the widest point. The grip of this calfskin will provide an extra level of security that you will appreciate. Front and back blocks. Has both billet guards. Regular tree, measuring approximately 4 ¼” between the two dots, suitable for horses of average build. Very good condition, I just see light rubs on flap lower leg area and a slight cantle rub. Has never even had a nameplate on it, so yours can be the first. Comes with CWD cover that includes the stirrup slots to allow the saddle cover to be used as a rain cover to ride to/from the arena in on drizzly days to protect your saddle. Retail in the full calfskin option is in the neighborhood of $5,000 + wait time. Try this one and be assured that you are receiving a saddle made from one of the best batches of French calfskin we have seen to date. $3295 SOLD
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Bruno Delgrange Close Contact Saddle. Stamped 17” and is typical for this brand, runs small, measuring approximately 16 ¾”, so may work for a rider who takes a 16.5 or 17 in other brands. This is the Partition model (which was also known as the PJ Pro at the time when this saddle was made, when Delgrange and PJ were one company), which has features including a slightly more forward flap position and a cutaway flap design at the bottom of the flap to maximize contact through the lower leg. Features medium-large blocks (front and back) for increased stability of the leg, which is especially helpful as the jumps get larger. Tree is best suited for wide ponies or horses, with a measurement of approximately 5” between the two dots under the pommel. Flap measures approximately 13” from the top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the flap and approximately 13 ¼” in width at the widest point. This is an older model and in very good condition for its age. I see faint cosmetic wrinkle on seat leather. This saddle was made in France by Delgrange, back when Delgrange and PJ were one company. (They are now separate companies; this saddle is comparable to Delgrange saddles still made today, as opposed to the PJs made today which are made differently.) Delgrange saddles retail around $4,000+. This is an amazing “needle in the haystack” find for someone who desired the performance of a top French brand at a budget price point. $1295 SOLD
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Antares 16.5” Close Contact Saddle. Seat measures true to size. Features front and back blocks for a secure ride. Padded flap. Has both billet guards. Soft, supple French grain leather with calfskin knee/seat. Made in 2002. Flap is a 2, which is regular position (and considered a slightly long flap length on a 16.5” seat or for further reference considered a regular length flap on a 17” seat; flap length is suitable for a rider from about 5’1” up to about 5’5” or so in height in my experience). Flap measures approximately 13 ¼” from the top of the stirrup bar where the buckle sits to the bottom and approximatey 13” in width at the widest point. Regular tree, measuring approximately 4 ¼” between the dots and with a generous panel angle that will accommodate many ponies and other muscular builds. I seat darkening on the seat at contact points, some lines/wear on sides of seat, and some creases in the knee pads, otherwise very good condition. Made in 2002. Retail new is around $4500 + wait time. $1595 SOLD
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Want a new Antares in full calfskin but don’t want to spend $5,000+ and wait several months for delivery? Check out this Antares 17.5 Close Contact Saddle. Seat measures true to size. Full calfskin, an expensive premium upgrade. This is a very special saddle in that it is still new and unused, and when it arrived to High-End Used Saddles it had not been oiled yet so we freshly oiled it to allow it to be ready for trial for you. Front and back blocks. Has both billet guards, the attached kind which is very helpful because it makes it harder to lose them. Flap is regular position, stamped short length according to serial number, but the actual measurement is only ¼” shorter than the usual regular length. Flap measures about 13 ¼” from top of the stirrup bar where the buckle sits to the bottom of the flap and approximately 13 ¼” in width. (I would estimate that this flap would work for a rider up to about 5’5”.) Regular tree on the generous side, suitable for fitting a variety of horses, measuring approximately 4.5” between the two dots. Standard panels. Stamped 2011 and since then this saddle has been held on to and had a nameplate put on it by someone who never used it and that's the only use it has had before arriving to us on consignment. Stitching is new and bright white, plus features the beautiful fancy stitch on the gullet, which you can’t see when mounted but it’s fun to know that this beautiful detail is there. Comes with Antares fleecy-lined cover. Cost new is over $5,000 + wait time. $2995 SOLD
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Devoucoux Biarritz 17.5 Close Contact Saddle. Seat measures true to size. Soft, supple leather as you would expect from a top brand like Devoucoux. Padded flap. Flap is long (3) length, regular position. Flap measures approximately 13 ½” from the top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the tree and approximately 13 1/4” in width at the widest point. Tree is regular, measuring approximately 4 ¼” between the dots and suitable for fitting a range of different horses. Features front and back blocks. Comes with both billet guards. Comes with original Devoucoux cotton cover. I see overall wear throughout. If you have “champagne taste on a beer budget” my best recommendation is to look for a saddle like this one that is in a top brand and has higher mileage so you can get it at a more affordable price than usual. I see creases in the panels, which Devoucoux tells us are merely from age but not a structural concern that would necessitate repair or replacement (we have that in writing from Devoucoux, available for your reference). Great opportunity to get the performance of a Devoucoux at a less costly price than the same model new. Made in 2002. Cost new starts at around $4600 and up plus wait time. $1895 SOLD
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Devoucoux Biarritz Close Contact Saddle. Measures approximately 17 ¾” (stamped 18”) so may work for a rider who takes either a 17.5 or 18. Flap is regular length, forward position (2A). Front and back blocks. Regular tree, on the generous side measuring approximately 4.5” between the two dots and suitable for a variety of horses including fuller-bodied warmbloods. Padded flap. Made in 2004. This saddle has been well-loved so I see overall signs of wear. Great opportunity to have the performance of a Devoucoux at an affordable price. If you have “champagne taste on a beer budget,” I recommend trying to find models like this one that are in good condition but have signs of higher mileage on them, which allows you to get them at a better price. Price new starts at around $4600 and up. $1695 SOLD
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Butet 17/17.5 Close Contact Saddle. Stamped 17” and like most Butets, runs generous in the seat measuring approximately 17.5”. Regular flap length and position. Padded flap. Front blocks. This is the “C” seat model, which is a true deep seat model (slightly deeper than the Butet "L" seat option) that offers a secure ride. Narrow twist for which Butets are famous, which many riders find allow their leg to wrap down and around the horse especially well. This tree is a great choice for a horse that needs both some wither clearance and room for a large shoulder or well-sprung barrel; this the FB2 tree, designed with a wider channel suitable for warmbloods, with the ESP option which the manufacturer describes as: The Butet "ESP" Panel has a larger bearing surface behind the shoulder. This panel design is beneficial for horses that have a high wither and drop off from the spine. The panel is significantly thicker to accommodate the lower back. Between the FB2 tree and the ESP panel, this could be a saddle that would work for a horse that is muscular and fuller-bodied yet also has a higher wither. Has two billet guards (one original). Very good condition, I just see the usual light signs of use at contact points, some faint spidering near cantle, and what looks like an ever so slight wrinkle in seat depending on the angle you look. Made in 2006. Retail is $5,050. Great opportunity to get a highly coveted Butet FB2 at a reasonable price. $2495 SOLD
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Devoucoux Biarritz 17” Close Contact Saddle. Seat measures true to size. This lovely saddle has an incredible premium upgrade feature, which is the integrated panel for a closer feel of the horse. (Fans of CWD may especially love this saddle, as CWDs feature an integrated panel, but they cost extra on a Devoucoux and are very hard to find on a Devoucoux.) Gorgeous, buttery, soft, supple, grippy French grain leather with calfskin knee and seat. Padded flap, which features thicker knee pads, which I find is helpful for allowing the knee to sink into the pad for support as the jumps get higher. Long flap (3), measuring approximately 14” from the top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the flap, and approximately 13.5” in width at the widest point. Tree is stamped regular, but measures generous enough for very muscular warmbloods, with a measurement of approximately 4.5” between the dots and a generous panel angle (I would describe this fit as a generous medium-wide). Cutaway sweat flap maximizes feel of the horse through the lower leg. Has both billet guards (one original). Saddle glows with good care. Gorgeous dark brown, a color that resists marking and wear especially well in my experience. I see some wear on the panels, and nameplate holes on cantle. Made in 2003. New around $5,000 with the upgrade to integrated panels. $2195 SOLD
Antares 17.5” Close Contact Saddle. Beautiful saddle, ideal for the rider who wants a saddle that is close to new in condition but at a saving of time and money compared with ordering new and waiting for the saddle to be made and shipped over from France. Flap is long/forward (4A; we note measurement of flap is the same as another Antares 3A flap we have in stock, see Item #AN76C description to see identical flap measurements.) measuring approximately 14 ¼” from the top of the stirrup bars to the bottom of the flap and approximately 14 ¼” in width at the widest point. Regular tree, measuring approximately 4 1/4” between the dots, a size that will work for horses of average build. Padded flap. Front and back blocks. Has both billet guards, the attached kind, which is a helpful design because it reduces the chances of losing a billet guard. Comes with fleecy-lined Antares cover. Excellent condition, appears to have only about one season of actual use; if I’m being very picky I just see very slight darkening at twist on seat. Made in 2008. Comes with fleecy-lined Antares cover. Also included are a pair of Antares 54” calfskin leathers with nylon core to minimize stretching. Cost new is around $4,500 + wait time, plus around $200 for leathers. Try this one instead and save time and money. $2595 SOLD
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