|Dear Cynthia, I bought a saddle over a year ago. I had the "Fit to be seen" first. I waited this long before I wrote to say thank you.
For years I tried several saddles & pads, every which way, but not good. White hairs in an unusual spot. Then I found you on the web one night. Thank you.
I have ridden for over a year in this saddle and the white hairs are gone and the pressure points are also.
I ride long trail rides and that is when poor fitting saddles cause the problem. A good fit is a must if you care About the horse who is carrying you on an adventure. Satisfied customer
Cynthia and sam.....wow! my new saddle is beautiful. we had the best time looking at it when it first arrived...exclaiming over every perfect detail. we love it and are so impressed with the
perfection and obvious love that went into the creation of such an excellent product. our peruvian boy acts proud to be seen in it and is breathtaking in his new gear. thank you so much for
the incredible work and the joyous experience of all my contact with your company. this was the perfect piece for what is, for me, the fulfillment of a life-long dream. happy holidays to you all,
|Hi Cynthia. Just wanted to drop a note - You already know how awesome your saddles are but I wanted to add to the testimonies/praises. We got enough break in the heat to ride
Wednesday. Before that I had done nothing more than try my new saddle in my arena. We went on quite the adventure this time - a trail we had not been on before, a little more difficult. I
was more eager than ever since I was using new tack.
Cynthia, that saddle is soooooooo comfortable. I really like the deep seat, the high cantle, the way it positions the rider. Also my knees generally hurt while I ride and this time I had very little
knee pain. The stumbling problem my horse had was completely absent on this ride - I can only attribute that to the saddle. I like the balanced ride rigging too.
Anyway, just wanted to let you know. I look forward to showing it off every chance I get. Trish H.
I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE the saddle. My horse LOVES the saddle. I have tried (bought and Sold) at least 6 saddles and this time,
you got it right. The quality of this saddle far surpasses any of the other saddles that I have bought - they don't even come close. We rode the day after
I got the saddle and it was the best ride we had in 2+ years. I didn't enjoy riding much and hadn't felt secure in my saddle like I did on this ride. I even
got on Sam the next day and did some exercises in the yard. I thank you for your time and patience and especially your expertise. You didn't have to spend so much time answering questions and
teaching me About saddles. I will not own another saddle unless it comes from Dixieland Gaited Saddles!
Received my saddle and it fits my gelding perfectly!!!!! There is no shoulder interference, nice rock, and it is slightly flaired up off his kidneys. When something fits so well its impossible, in
good conscience, to put anything else so I would like to order another.....Anita in California
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|was out of alignment and his shoulders and girth were extremely sore. He was always a perfect gentleman until I began to cinch him up, at which point he would try to bite and get away. He
wouldn't stand still for mounting, either, and always tried to bite your leg once you got your foot in the stirrup to mount.
He was more relaxed when I rode him a few minutes ago than he has been in the 4 months that I've owned him. He also offered a running walk for the first time. In the past, he's always trotted
or foxtrotted. When I took the saddle off, for the first time EVER, his ears stayed forward and he didn't try to bite me when I loosened the girth. I've never seen PJ so happy under saddle
before, and he had a nice even sweat pattern under the blanket.
Thank you SO much for everything that you have done for me & PJ! If anyone in Western WA wants to order a saddle from you, they are more than welcome to come and see PJ's saddle in
person. I'm going to give him a bath and get him nice & clean this weekend and then send you pics and a testimonial. :) Nancy and PJ
A very good Thursday morning Cynthia -
I got home last night and my new, beautiful - awesome - saddle was waiting for me. I pulled the box into my house and was too excited to open it until I settled down. I decided to wait and
linger over what was inside before digging into the big, brown box. I fixed dinner and ate slowly thinking About how Foxy would look with this new prize on her back. Oh, Cynthia, it was like
Christmas morning opening the flaps of the box and uncovering the plastic that hid this treasure. The smell of the leather hit me and I new that it was going to be wonderful! Sure enough,
there it was waiting for me to pull it out and put it on the saddle stand I had brought from the barn. The picture on the website didn't do it justice, not one bit. As I looked at the two-tone color,
ran my hands over the beautiful tooling and padded seat, I looked down to take in the wide stirrups with the turners and I giggled. Yep, just like a school girl.
Tonight I'm headed to the barn and have invited two close friends to join me as I introduce this miracle of a saddle to my dear, four-legged friend. Last night I brushed her so she shone
under the barn lights, razored her muzzle, and cleaned up her briddle path so she would look beautiful when the saddle came. I wouldn't be surpirsed if she gaits around the ring with a silly
grin thing, "See what my owner did for me?" Your thankful customer, Sidney
I would be glad to tell you my experience due partly because so many wrote back to me this summer as I was searching for the right saddle. Do unto others being the Golden Rule, now it is my turn:
I bought 4 saddles in last 6 months, all were not the quality I expected nor did they fit my horse: 1 – Tennessean Saddle Fabtron from National Bridle Company (very poorly made.) 2 – Bon Allen used western saddle
(well made but didn’t fit my FOX TROTTER and not comfortable for me to ride). 3 – Custom Tree & Saddle Co. (they sent me a brand new one to try, and although it looks great on the internet, it is HUGE SADDLE and
made of stiff harness leather, and takes a certain type of back to fit right. Also, leans way back, legs way out front, not easy to get in and out of quickly.) 4 – The Trekker Endurance saddle similar to the Tucker, well made
but used cheap leather and nylon in places, but otherwise not bad, but fits really funny, needs a sway back type horse for saddle tree to fit good, more like an Arab type back or thoroughbredish.)
I sent the saddles back or Sold them.
I then began to write to many people on ebay who were selling their saddles made by other saddle makers. They were all selling these saddles for a reason: They didn’t care for them. Everyone was going to buy a
Dixieland Saddle because they had actually seen them or had a friend who had one. They all said the quality was excellent. Finally, I talked with a gal selling her other gaited saddle on ebay she’d ridden for 4 years. She
had just bought a Dixieland and she said the quality was night and day. The Dixieland was exceptionally made.
So I called Dixieland and she wouldn’t sell me a saddle until I tried all three trees. I did all of that and sent many pictures of the trees on my horse. I wanted the big gaited PW tree and she recommended against it. After
a month of thinking About it, I decided to trust her and went with the D tree, non-flex, which is a modified quarter tree. Well, I’m glad I listened to her, this is why:
When I got the saddle, which is buttery soft (I ordered the extra hand rub as recommended) and perfect, it had not once single flaw, not even the stamping was flawed, each clear and precise. Also, I ordered very
specifically (which I would be glad to send you my specific order so you can see it.) She built it perfect, not one thing wrong, every detail perfect, bridle and breast collar too.
Now About the saddle and how it fit my horse. Before I got my Dixieland Saddle, my gaited horse, Rambler, would not ever canter. Refused to do it. Only bareback would he canter. Also, he would often stop in the middle
of a ride, like he was going to poop or something, but didn’t. If I was bareback, he’d travel forever without stopping, so I knew it was whichever saddle I was riding at the time that was hurting him. He loves to be ridden
and is not sour on the barn or other horses, but he acts it when I ride in these other saddles.
The day I put on the Dixieland Saddle, my horse didn’t want to go home. When we got back to the ranch, he turned and by himself walked back out to the trail. And, he wanted to gait and TO CANTER. I’m not kidding. We
cantered a ½ mile without stopping and he loved it! He even jumped two levies I didn’t see coming, just glided over them, never had done that before. I can’t tell you how I cried with tears on my face in the wind at my now
happy-moving-out horse. He neighs at the gate when he sees me take out that black saddle, no kidding. He loves to be ridden.
I could tell you more examples but really I have to go. I don’t know Cynthia personally, but she’s been very honest and direct in her communications with me and I appreciate her business-like approach.
My horse is straight backed and Average withers. His biggest problem was stumbling with his back legs probably due to my weight and his smaller stature. He does NOT stumble anymore, no kidding. I think the right
tree makes all the difference in the world for these gaited horses. I’m glad I took Cynthia’s advice on what tree to get.
Oh, I want to say that I weight 220 lbs, and am a big boned tall woman. My gelding is a stocky 14 hands FOX TROTTER. Also, the Dixieland saddle is easy to mount in and out of, work a gate or mailbox, reach down and
grab a child off the ground and up into the saddle with me. I say this because as a one-time polo player, I like to be able to move any direction in a saddle and work in it. Many of the gaited saddles I tried have the reclining
type trees with too much rock in them and your legs sort of stick out forward. I don’t want to be leaned so far back. I want to be upright so as to move any direction easily. I like the fact that I can work a cow or take a trail
ride and be comfortable either way. And, as I have small sons on horses riding with me, I need to be able to jump off quickly in emergency to grab fallen reins for them or even to stop their wandering off horse. So, this
has been a big deal, to have a saddle so well balanced. I don’t want to feel like I’m in a recliner when I’m riding. I hope that makes sense.
I can highly recommend a Dixieland Saddle. Personally, they could charge another $500-$600 dollars for these saddles such is the quality and workmanship. I hope they don’t, as we are on a budget and my husband
wants to order one for himself in the spring! Mrs. Suzan Doer
|make a big difference in the horses ability to free up and move out like intended but the quality or craftsmanship was lacking. Others were very well made saddles but that quality
did not transfer to the horse where it belongs, I continued looking. I actually introduced a friend of mine to your website a while back and he did purchase a Dixieland saddle for his
FOX TROTTER. I was impressed with the quality and more so with the instant and very noticeable change the saddle brought in his horse.
I got my Dixieland saddle a couple of weeks ago and have really put it to some rough use. I am so very impressed with this saddle. I have been gathering range cattle from the
winter range almost every day and have used numerous horses doing so. Without exception I have seen a big improvement in each horses movement, overall attitude and
carriage while under this saddle. I was initially worried About the padded seat as I have never owned a saddle with a padded seat. My worries are now put to rest as this saddle is
very comfortable and "user friendly". I have been using an 8 year old FOX TROTTER gelding that I picked up pretty cheap because his previous owner said he just would not hold
difference this saddle has brought to this horse is almost hard to believe. It took About two good long rides to get him relaxed, freed up and MOVING like he was bred to move. It is
like he was so guarded and bound up from being ridden with ill fitting saddles that it took him a while to trust what he was feeling, but when he finally let go and let down he is now
a free wheeling beast that flat covers the country! This quality in a horse is beyond value for the type of work I do.
I am excited to tell anyone who wants to listen About how pleased I am with this saddle and will be spreading the word About the Dixieland gaited saddle. Thank you for your
instant customer service, honest answers and most of all for what you are doing for the gaited horses we so love. Wally H