Test Ride: Sommer jumping saddle
Update 08/19/15: Sommer confirmed this is a Sommer Platinum jumping saddle.
While I was at the Oklahoma City show, one of our regular customers consigned a saddle with me. I was very curious to try it, because it’s a Sommer jumping saddle. I don’t see many of those; while my workplace is a major Sommer retailer, we deal in their dressage saddles almost exclusively. I’ve liked the dressage saddles I’ve tried, and the saddle’s owner raved about this one, so I had to try it. (She’s selling it because it’s too big for both her and her daughter.)
As you can see, this is a very moderate saddle. Moderate knee rolls, moderate flap length, moderate seat depth. It’s used, so it shows some normal wear and tear, but is overall in good condition. Our saddle fitter reflocked it last fall, so it still has a lot of life left in it. The tree is medium-wide; it’s truly a little too wide for Gina, but she didn’t seem to mind.
For this test ride, I stuck to the hay meadow where I do conditioning sets. Gina and I are headed to a show next month, and both of us have some extra pounds to work off. Plus, after yesterday’s wacky jump school, I thought hacking out might be a nice break.
Gina was perfect, as she usually is. I spent some time fiddling with my reins until muscle memory took over and I remembered how to hold double reins. (I stuck another set on the elevator bit from yesterday’s post. Rubber reins + laced reins = not my favorite.) We hacked out at a walk, trot, canter, and hand gallop.
I was really impressed with this saddle. My lower leg felt super, super solid- even more than it does in my Ainsley XC saddle. The Sommer is very comfortable; it’s soft without being overly squishy. Both a regular seat and two point were easy to achieve. The saddle has fantastic balance and I felt like Gina and I were moving well together.
Sommers have super adjustable trees. The store’s unofficial slogan for them is “From green to Grand Prix!” It’s true- some riders have bought a saddle for their four or five year old prospect and periodically had it refitted as the horse grows and changes throughout the training process. I’m confident that our saddle fitter could get this saddle to fit Gina perfectly, and I’m tempted to make an offer on it, have it fitted, and sell the Ainsley. It’s that nice, y’all.