MacRider Saddles

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MacRider Saddles

Postby Hayburner » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:49 pm

Anyone try or own on of these?

Since Schleese won't come to the barn I'm at and I won't trailer to where they do fittings in my state I'm still searching for something for a PRE.

I can't find a lot of reviews when I google search.

I have seen a few on eBay and they look lovely and comfy.

I like a nice deep secure seat and my mare I see not super short backed. My Wintec Isabell is still working for her, but I want an upgrade.

Thanks

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Re: MacRider Saddles

Postby piedmontfields » Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:38 pm

I've seen some in person and they are very beautiful! (lots of custom options if you like bling) I have no idea how they feel, though. I think they are pretty pricey compared to other quality saddles.

Do you have a good saddle shop somewhere in your area where you can at least sit in bunch of brands? That might help a little.

I also had a friend use an online consultant who was surprising good for helping her find a saddle to fit her Spanish Norman mare. Here is the link to that business (plus some helpful articles): https://www.thesaddlegeek.com/

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Re: MacRider Saddles

Postby Hayburner » Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:54 pm

Thanks Peidmont, as usual you are a wealth of info!

Unfortunately, I do not have a saddle shop nearby with Saddles to sit and get a feel for.

2 local reps that I know of, 1 is a custom sadderly rep and the other an Albion rep. The Albion rep is coming at the end of the month for me to try a few Saddles that she has on her truck. I doubt she'll have a MacRider.

I appreciate the link and will check it out!

I ran in to my old trainer and told her I was looking for a new saddle and she said: why? Your saddle fits you nicely. She was referring to my Wintec Isabell. Even the bodyworker said her back is great. I'll probably buy a new expensive saddle and it will cause her back pain! :evil:

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Re: MacRider Saddles

Postby piedmontfields » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:56 pm

You are so right that if you and your mare are happy, and your saddle is sound, changing may not be the best idea! :lol: :D :D

Do realize that many, many saddle companies will send you a trial saddle---they just want your CC info on file in case they do not receive the saddle back within the trial period. When I was shopping earlier this year, Albion SLKs were one suggestion for my Iberian-style mare. Might ask what they plan to have available when they come.

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Re: MacRider Saddles

Postby blob » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:58 pm

i tried a MacRider a bit back and really liked the saddle. However, it wasn't quite the right fit for MM. They're supposed to be super adjustable, so I reached out through the website to try to find a rep. Much to my disappointment, despite the website saying they had reps in my state, the contact email address was not only quite rude and unhelpful, but they told me that unless I was in FL there was no one to fit to the saddle. I checked with some independent fitters and they said that they were not able to adjust it.

Ultimately, I sent the saddle back because it seemed like keepign the saddle fitted correctly was going ot be a hassle!


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