Lovely comfortable saddle.
Black Forest Shasta
I have a black forest town & country leather version western rigged and my horse & i LOVE it!!! We ride at times some extremely challenging terrain & this saddle has held up great! We ride with a Haf pad and have always had nice even dry spots along the spine & wither area, no rubs, galling, or welts. Saddle stays put pretty good even climbing nearly straight up a pit wall where my legs were literally over my 14 hand mustangs rump 🙂 We have jumped fallen trees some as high as 3 1/2 -4 foot, maneuvered slippery rocky slopes, crossed swamps, galloped wide open in the fields, wiggled our way through brush & tight spots and have not come across any troubles yet! My horse has not complained to me at all & i feel secure and comfortable in the saddle 🙂
Kola Waste is a 14 hand short backed, minimally withered , compact spanish mustang, i do not ride very often with a breast collar & never tried a crupper , although there have been a couple of steep down grades i feel a crupper would have helped a bit , as the saddle with my weight wanted to slide forward a bit…but these grades were extremely steep where the horses but was well above his head…all other hills with gradual declines, we never had an issue, only the STEEP ones!
The town & country has a suede underside which is great as it really sticks to the pad you are using, has enough d-rings for my liking, real nice contact with the horse..not nearly as bulky as many of the other treeless saddles i have tried. The seat just hugs you in and i have never come home sore, i feel my horses every move and even tho i have been riding for 30 years, i feel my riding skills have improved even more 🙂 My only suggestion is that if you are new to riding treeless & you get a town & country, to either wear some suede chaps or request the suede seat cover from the company as the leather seat can feel a bit slippery until you are used to it.