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The Sierra Trail saddle … What’s not to like? A great saddle – light weight with a wonderful deep, secure seat, not to mention the easy quick adjust stirrup leathers (a great feature). All this and it looks great too. Try one out. If you trail ride or compete- it’s a great saddle. — M. Dickson, Illinois
This is the best saddle purchase I’ve ever made!I have nothing but good things to say about my new Lovatt and Ricketts Ellipse dressage saddle! I have a hard-to-fit Arabian gelding – very wide, very round, very short-backed with low withers. I knew the saddle I was riding in wasn’t ideal, but I wasn’t sure how to resolve the problem. Once I researched hoop trees and saddle makers, I knew I wanted to try the Lovatt and Ricketts Ellipse. I ran into Adrienne Hendricks at a horse show, and she had an Ellipse with her that I was able to sit in. Once I sat in the saddle, experienced its comfort and examined its quality, I knew I wanted to try one on my horse. With the assistance of both Janet Lovatt and Adrienne Hendricks, I was able to custom order a saddle made to template for my horse. Janet helped expedite the construction and shipping of the saddle, and Adrienne helped me adjust the final fit so it was perfect for me and my gelding. My horse is moving better than ever, and I can spend hours in the arena as well as on the trail, riding in comfort! A bonus is how pleased my local saddle fitter is with the saddle as well. She and I both love the buffalo leather for durability, the new, hinged two-position stirrup bars (they are brilliant!), and the panel construction designed to properly fit the weight-bearing area of my horse’s back. This is the best saddle purchase I’ve ever made. Thank you again, Janet and Adrienne! My Ellipse is just perfect!
Liz Bailey, Poulsbo, WA
I am thrilled with my Rubicon saddle!I’d like you to share this with potential saddle buyers. I am thrilled with my Rubicon saddle. After searching for well over a year, I found the right one for Snoopy and me. You were very generous in the trial period. You took the time to listen to an older rider with some special needs and my mount, Snoopy. I’m not a competitor but enjoy trail riding in NC and VT. I feel secure as well as comfortable in this saddle. Thank you so much for listening and doing a proper fit. A beautifully made saddle.
Nancy Griffith, Mooresville, NC
Highly recommend! When approached to try one of these saddles, I was apprehensive at first. After training horses for many years there is always someone that has the perfect item they want you to buy. Figuring I had nothing to loose, I took one of the saddles to try it out. Within the first pass down the barn, I was amazed how comfortable the saddle was. At that point I started paying more attention to the saddle as a whole. The craftsmanship is impeccable. I allowed some of my clients to try it out, and they were very impressed with how comfortable saddle was. I was so impressed with this saddle, I bought two of them. As many horses that I work on on a daily basis being comfortable in the saddle is a must. I have told several trainers about this saddle and they have also purchased saddles. Highly recommend!
Dena Tanner Lopez
Extraordinary MeasuresI am the gal for whom you went to extraordinary measures to make sure my saddle fit me better and we did a trade to get the right size. Today, after not riding much due to my illness, I went out and decided that I was going to ride in my Rubicon—despite not using it for the past few months. I thought to myself that I should really sell this saddle since I am not riding as much and I could use it for medical bills etc. Well, I got the saddle on my boy and hopped on it— I had the MOST wonderful ride. Not only did he move so fabulously in it but I almost forgot how good I feel when riding in it— we were like one. I came home with a lot of energy that I have not had in awhile and I really want to thank you again for all that you have done for me. Oh, and I won’t be selling the saddle… My best—and your kindness will not ever be forgotten.
The Elan Ultra fits our quarter horse perfectly!Great customer service! Our trainer has an Elan and now 3 of her clients also have them. We all ride quarter horses and the saddles are great fits and extremely comfortable. It’s like sitting on a cushion!
Kathy Lebshier, Mechanicsburg, IL
I LOVE my new show saddles from Lovatt and Ricketts!!!My previous show horse was a Half Arab with medium width. I now own and show a Purebred Arabian, requiring a wide tree. Thus, I was forced to buy 2 new saddles! I’m glad that was the outcome because both saddles fit perfectly! One saddle is for is Country Pleasure, therefore I purchased the FLAT Louisville brown buffalo cut back saddle. I can truly feel my horse, and again, comfortably. And, we won our 1st show on our 1st showing using the new Louisville Flat!! (Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR). The other discipline is for show-hack, so I purchased the Showring. That coupled with the show bridle, also from Lovatt and Ricketts, my horse is comfortable and looks stunning!! We have had a successful show season so far and look forward to many future rides with my new saddles!
Carol Ann Corsi, Oak Point, TX
“I never imagined riding could be so comfortable”Originally, my only concern in looking for a saddle was finding one that fit my sensitive Arabian and would not cause any discomfort in my horse when ridden. I tried a bunch of saddles at the Arabian Horse Show and knew as soon as I sat in the Ellipse that it was the saddle I wanted. When I learned that Steve would come and fit my horse and offered a trial, I was sold. The first time I rode my Arabian in the Ellipse saddle, I could have ridden for hours! It is the most comfortable saddle I have ever been in. My husband thought I was exaggerating until he tried it and couldn’t believe how comfortable it was! Unfortunately, I was riding in his western saddle and had to cut our ride short! The Ellipse is akin to riding atop soft pillows; I never imagined riding could be so comfortable. More importantly, I feel secure no matter what crosses our path. No more uneven rubbing and no more tender spots on my horses back, no matter how long the ride, or how often I ride. This saddle, because of the quality, and because of the care and concern that both Steve and Janet have for you and your horse, is worth every single penny. I can’t imagine riding in anything else ever again!
Nichole H, Scottsdale, AZ
I love my Lovatt and Ricketts Sylvan saddle!My Morgan mare is small (15h) and was hard to fit, and we tried practically everything on her. Nothing fit her like the Sylvan, which fits her perfectly. It does not restrict her shoulder movement, like almost everything else we tried did. Riding her in the Sylvan allows me to ride and not think about keeping my balance. The buffalo leather is soft and supple, and required no break-in time. I’m extremely satisfied with my Sylvan!
Joy Hiatt, Durham, NC
The Ellipse dressage saddle not only fits my horse but is a dream to ride in as well!I have an xwide quarter horse mare that is very difficult to fit. Janet Lovett at the Arabian Saddle company was able to locate the Ellipse dressage saddle that not only fits my horse but is a dream to ride in as well. And since it was made several years ago and had not been bought I got an excellent price. The leather is so soft and supple too – no break in period. My mare is moving beautifully in this saddle. This is my 4th L&R saddle I have owned over the years and have never been disappointed. I still have my L&R Elan jump saddle and it has held up so well. The quality of these saddles is unsurpassed. Working with Janet was a great experience – she went above and beyond to find me a saddle to fit. I highly recommend reaching out to L&R Saddlery for your next saddle.
Cindy Riley, Marshall, VA