Schleese's Obrigado - The Sports Car of Saddles
The unique features of the Obrigado, the newest addition to Schleese’s line of dressage saddles, are such that the rider can feel the breathing of the horse, while the horse moves as freely as if he were not under saddle.
The deep seat comes with a flex cap option (providing cantle shock absorption for the rider’s back), and the sloped pommel with recessed tree points enables the rider to sit close to the base of the withers while allowing maximum freedom of the horse’s shoulder rotation. An adaptable (flexing) extra narrow twist improves the rider’s ability to give precise, well-timed aids to the horse and the adjustable thigh blocks for optimum leg support are available in a variety of sizes.
Other available options include the choice of Male or Female style (with the seat designed for the male or female pelvic axis), mono or double flap, and forward balance or cup seat. The Obrigado is constructed out of extremely soft French-style leather that requires very little “breaking in,” although German or Buffalo leather can be substituted for an extra charge.
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Our Verdict: “Like starting up a Porsche after driving a Honda Civic your whole life – just wow! I immediately noticed the difference in my horse’s movement. He was instantly loose and forward, stretching through his back with no tension. I am in love with this saddle.”
This product review originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of Canadian Horse Journal.