Jun 29, 1998
I just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying my Sports Saddle and Equalizer pad. I’ve ridden in many different saddles, cutting saddles to English equitation saddles, and ranging in price from $300 to $3,000. I want to tell you, I like this saddle the best, and so does my horse.
As you know, I bought a horse that had a bowed tendon and I wanted something lightweight and comfortable for him. You should have seen his reaction the first time I rode him. His face kind of said, “What, this is a saddle, but I can move, and bend and breathe.” Not only does he feel good about this saddle, but I used to get the worse back aches and knee pains when I rode. Not now. A lot of people have tried this saddle since I’m the only one in the area with one. They all agree it’s the most comfortable saddle they’ve ever ridden in.
My daughter is currently advertising her saddle, and has taken several babysitting jobs so she can get one too. Hopefully it won’t be long and we’ll be contacting you to order one of the basic trail saddles. If I didn’t believe these are the greatest saddles for both rider and horse, I’d try to talk her out of getting one because her saddle is only about a year old. Guess what. I’m willing to help her out with her effort, that’s how much I believe in these saddles.
The Equalizer pad you sold me with my saddle is a marvel too. They are so easy to keep clean, stay neatly in place under the saddle and my horse has never, ever shown even the slightest tenderness in his back. Of course we’ll be ordering one of those to go under my daughter’s saddle too. Your company has come up with a great combination for both the comfort of the horse and the comfort of the rider. My hat’s off to your guys. Keep up the good work.
Mar 29, 2000
Hi — I’ve been meaning to email you before now but have been busy riding!!! I have had my sports saddle for about 1 month now and I have to tell you that I LOVE it!!!!! I feel as if the last two years of riding in another type of endurance saddle, with a tree — have been such a waste! My horse experienced soreness in his back, and I was sore in my knees, and at times my feet would go numb. After riding for hours even my joints would ache!!! I used to think it was just “me”, getting a little older. Then I finally decided to purchase a sports saddle.
Not only am I pleased, but my horse, Beret, is also very happy! No more soreness in his back, and I have also noticed a lengthening in his stride, with a more fluid movement, also his tendency to shy has greatly reduced!!! Then for myself, no more sore knees, I must say I did purchase a pair of Cloud Stirrups to go on the sports saddle, and no more numb feet!!! After riding lots of miles I do not ache. It is absolutely amazing. If anyone had told me how much I would love the sports saddle, I don’t know if I would have believed them —- but now I know!!!
I also purchased a Skito pad for the sports saddle — and it is the best! With Beret’s tendency to get a little sore in his back — I had purchased a lot of other pads — the Skito is definitely tops!!!! I just wish that I had purchased my sports saddle two years ago when I first started riding endurance, but time and experience is a good teacher!!!!
Thank you so much for all your assistance in helping me decide exactly what style sports saddle and options were best for me, and for your professional handling of all aspects of this purchase. I will hope to see you at the Equine Affaire.
Debra & Beret
P.S. Will try to get a photo to you showing me and Beret and enjoying our new Sports Saddle! Thanks again!!!
Sep 27, 2000
My friend Mary, who owns the Sports Saddle, and I were at a prize ride recently and I overheard several people we didn’t even know commenting on how gorgeous it is. I have started using her saddle for arena work with my horse. I can’t get over the difference. When I try and describe it to people I sound like a raving lunatic but I don’t care!! I will NEVER ask my horse to wear his old saddle again!
People used to comment that if my horse walked any slower he’d be going backwards, but with the treeless saddle it’s like his shoulders are free and he walks out with hardly a cue. His trot is more open and flowing. When I’m communicating to him he can hear me!! My actions with my legs, feet and seat are so subtle but his reactions are immediate.
I guess the best analogy would be to compare my old saddle with screaming at him through a brick wall and hoping for an answer. With your saddle its like whispering through a screen door. I’m rambling but I can’t get over it. And I KNOW he’s happier!! I’m saving my pennies and my old saddle is getting very dusty!! If anyone wants to verify that I’m not a paid nutcase and I’m sold on the saddle they can call me!!
I was wondering if you could help by giving me an estimate on my dream saddle. My friend just got hers and will never go back. I’m not as rich as she is but I want one soooo bad!! I would like a Deluxe Trail Rider with floral tooling, with matching fenders with a round skirt in light oil with a toast suede seat. I need a 15 inch seat.
My husband will kill me if he knew how much I want to spend, but my horse is so much happier with a treeless saddle. Thanks so much. Someday, I’m going to make this happen!!!
Oct 23, 2000
I’m totally amazed at how well my daughter’s horse moves in the sport saddle. He’s almost a different horse. We knew he had a big trot from the way he moved about in the pasture but could never get it under saddle. Now he really gets amazing extension. We’ve also seen freer movement at the walk and canter.
Niki likes being able to feel every little move Prinz makes through the seat of the saddle. We would like to purchase the saddle. I would also like to purchase a Skito pad. I would like the color black with 100% wool and the 3/4″ thickness. According to your web site, it should cost around $148 plus shipping. I assume you can put all this on my credit card.
Oct 25, 2000
I got my saddle yesterday. Of course I rode last night in it. So far, so good. I really like being able to feel the horse so well. I really do like the saddle. It is very comfortable and quite bouncy. I love how light it is. It really fits both my horses well. One horse is 15.3 and the other 15.1. One is broad and the other narrow. I also find the stirrups naturally turn in the right direction for my feet. No strain there. Thanks for your help.
Dec 5, 2000
I was wondering if this particular saddle is available at present time or if there are any other 17″ saddles available. I just came from my vet today and she says my horse is very sore in his left shoulder and I had been getting dry spots on both sides for a little while now. My horse is getting very agitated being asked to pick up the left lead. My current saddle is a Reiner that I have had only for about 1 year. So, I am financially bummed at having to purchase something else, but my vet highly recommended a Bob Marshall for him. He is a very wide quarter horse with a short back, stands about 15.1 and I am only comfortable in a 17″ seat.
Dec 29, 2000
I own a Sport Saddle and LOVE it! I ride endurance and have put more than 3000 race miles on my Sports Saddle over the past 4 years. It is still in pretty good shape, too.
In addition to my endurance riding I have started in dressage with both my horses and also ride in hunter shows. I am at the point with my showing that I need to buy an English saddle or a dressage saddle. I know that Sport Saddle has western saddles as well as endurance models and I was HOPING that maybe there was some sort of English model too. There aren’t any on your website so I am assuming that there are none available. Do you know if anyone has attempted making one? Is the company considering it?
I like my sport saddle so much because I can use in on a great variety of horses and the fit is perfect every time. I hate the idea of buying an English or dressage saddle that will only fit one of my horses (each is built very differently). If you have any information about this please let me know. If the saddle maker has talked about it or one is in the works, I’d be a perfect guinea pig. Please write back.
Thank you very much,
Jan 18, 2001
We just wanted to email and let you know how much we are enjoying our Sport Saddles and Equalizer pads. We have had the saddles for a year now, and we got the pads as a Christmas present this year. We have four horses in our barn, a 17.2 hand Belgian, a 16.3 hand warmblood, a 16 hand Thoroughbred, and a 14.1 Morgan. All are very different horses, with different backs and ways of going, all seem quite happy being ridden in the sport saddles.
We love them too. We ride for hours in the sport saddles and are never saddle sore. My father had made up his mind before he ever sat in one that he wouldn’t like it, and as soon as he sat in it he changed his mind. He borrows my mom’s all the time now. He would like to know when they are going to come up with a cup holder to go on it, he says it’s like riding on a couch.
The pads have been a great accessory. We never had any problems with sore backs, even with my thoroughbred dressage horse, but the contoured pads fit very nicely, and the shock absorbing foam makes it more comfortable for both horse and rider.
Thank you very much,
Carrie and Linda Proper
May 17, 2001
Wanted to drop you a line to say Thanks to you & the folks at Bob Marshall saddles! I received my saddle last week & I just love it. It’s beautiful. The most important part is how my horse moves in it, she is a sassy flat backed, wide Arab & prior to ordering your saddle I had tried 23 saddles & NONE of them fit, some to the point where she didn’t really want to move with them on her. When I put this one on her she was hesitant at first but after about half an hour she was running free in her corral like there was nothing on her back! Thanks Again!
P.S. Can you make one with a 18 or 19″ seat? If so I may have another order for you. pwaits
Jul 11, 2001
I recently got a Skito pad from you for my husband and found that with it under his Bob Marshall saddle I got one of my best rides ever. I’m planning to get my own Bob Marshall saddle by next Spring at the latest and I’ve been watching your in Saddles In-Stock list. Would you give me some advice on seat size? I’m 5’3″ and weigh 132 (varies up or down a little). My upper thigh is 20.5″, mid-thigh 19.5″. I would probably be ordering an Endurance model.
Rob / Ann