Seat: The 17.5" seat is deep and very soft. For me it sits true to size in feel. It is incredibly comfortable to ride in with a good sweet spot that allows you to maneuver without feeling confined yet still secure, make sense? I also noticed just sitting in it on our plastic horse with legs relaxed a big improvement in my tendency to turn my toes out and heels in.
Flaps: Flaps are pretty straight in position and average in length for this model, measuring about 18" from the stirrup bar down. The standard length is 17" so they are slightly longer to accommodate my spider legs. The existing exposed blocks are adjustable. As shown in the photos they are in straighter of their two positions. The top of the block could come back about 1/2"-1" to position them at slightly more of an angle. These soft, medium-sized, 3/4 length blocks are also interchangeable with a couple of different shapes and sizes you can get from Schleese. That is just one of the things I love about these saddles. I demo'ed it with the large blocks which were OMG so much fun but I'm not that fancy so I went with regular. You can switch those out yourself if you want any others.
Leather: German leather on flaps and seat with soft and grippy leather on the knee roll.
Year of Manufacture: 2016. Used minimally from April 2016 - September 2016.
Panels: Soft wool flocked panels that have a very open full palm's width gullet channel throughout, for excellent clearance and freedom on a horse with a thick spine. As mentioned previously, the panels are extremely cut away in front to allow awesome freedom and comfort to a large and / or back set scapula. This saddle was built on a small panel footprint of only a hair over 18" front to back it can be of especial benefit to a short coupled horse (one with a limited area to support the saddle ahead of the last rib). It also has the special "relief wedge" in back, simulating a non-gusseted panel and providing additional relief to the loins of a short-backed, big mover. Due to the shape of the tree points and panels, this saddle may 'want' to sit more forward on the horse than others. This relieves the loins even further and helps the rider not to get behind the movement. Did we mention this saddle was built for a horse with a short back, big movement and large, active shoulders? Well, it certainly is. Read below what Schleese has to say on the unique features of this saddle, with the design inspired by the challenges of fitting Lusitano and other similar types of backs.
Condition: Exceptional, like new. In the video you can see me point out a surface scratch on the left flap that will be buffed out when conditioned. I also haven't cleaned it prior to photographing (sorry!) and there is some dirt around the hardware. The billets show only extremely superficial wear. Sumptuous! This is a supportive, gorgeous and saddle with barely any use. One of the most comfortable seats I've had the privilege to ride in.
Cost New: $7,145. With a wait.
TWIST - Adaptable (flexing) extra narrow twist, allows the rider to give quicker and sharper aids to the horse.
BILLET SYSTEM - The adjustable V-Webbing billet system allows for correct billet alignment and equal pull throughout the length of the tree.
THIGH BLOCKS - The adjustable thigh blocks give the rider the flexibility to adjust leg support. A variety of sizes are available. Thigh Blocks Chart
MALE and FEMALE DESIGN AVAILABLE - Seat designed for the Male or Female Pelvic Axis. *This one's for the ladies!*
PANEL - The unique style of the Obrigado panel with extreme shoulder cut back places 70% of the saddle and the rider in front of the 14th rib to limit the pressure on the tendon plate. DELIVERY TIME - 12 weeks.