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Go buy a Tad Coffin saddle

Don’t ask why, just do it.  Your horse will thank you.

Not buying that?  Okay, let me tell you what I saw today.  I handed him lame horse after lame horse.  I even dragged in Roy who hadn’t been ridden since September, and Bailey, who hadn’t been ridden in years because my vets had written him off, and my farrier hated him because he could no longer pick up his hind feet to be shod.

So first, Roy.  Roy had a stifle issue, we thought.  He never limped, but after several months of (take my word for it) very light riding and steering practice, he had so contorted himself that he threw my back out.  Twenty minutes in the TC saddle and Roy went sound.  What?  Kidding me?

So I mentioned Bailey.  Bailey had gotten so bad that he would only bend left.  And yes, I went to my chiro to make certain it wasn’t me.  He would not bend right (at all.  Totally locked left) and would NOT pick up the right lead after I had him in training for a while.  The harder I tried, the more he resisted.  The vets told me it was possible he had kissing spine, but unless I could afford to send him in for one of those big body exrays (uh huh) couldn’t say for certain.  But we had tried everything else.  I tried robaxin.  I tried injections.  My farrier hated him because he wouldn’t pick up the hind legs to be shod.  So I dragged Bailey out of the field after Kelly Coffin said, “Yeah!  Try that one!”  Poor Tad.

Tad, recognizing the possible imminent hospital trip, wisely asked if I had a lunge line.  Whew, yes, thank you.  Okay, let me say this:  the horse was starting to get wired and pissy (can I say that?) because I had just dragged him away from his herd, and, knowing he was big (17 hands, 1300 pounds) started throwing all that around while he waited his turn.  But as soon as we put the saddle on his back, he started composing himself.  Huh?  Okay, part of that could be ascribed to Tad’s very calm, quiet, confident demeanor when dealing with horses, but the dang beast has just been bucking in circles minutes before.

Off to the round pen.  The horse I expected to be utterly stupid calmed down.  Was licking his lips.  Was starting to look like a horse in side reins as he pulled himself together.  What?  I was astounded.  Thrilled, yes, as I love that horse and he had showed so much promise, but…  I don’t know what.   Tad turned Bai to the right, and damn (can I say that?) if that horse didn’t pick up the right lead!  At that point, Bailey was relaxed enough that Tad thought getting on was a decent bet, so he did.  And that horse was awesome.  Ok, yeah, Tad is an awesome rider, but a horse in pain is a horse in pain, and it still ain’t gonna do shit (got away with the other cussing, going for it).

So next up: Sassy Lad.  Had been limping right hind.  No limping right hind after about two minutes.

Before and after pictures to follow.

Can I say more?  What you spend on the saddle you will save in vet bills and heartbreak.  Do it.  Call Tad Coffin.  www.tadcoffinsaddles.com

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  1. Anna says:

    Coffin’s are really wonderful but they sit too low on CL’s shark fin withers, otherwise it would have been one of those hands down. I use an ancient (1980s vintage) Passier with a Skito pad & we do OK.

  2. Gerry says:

    I too was with Tad and Kim on Saturday, and I asked Tad to look at me in my Tad Coffin saddle on my horse, because I was concerned that as Snap ages (14 y.o. now) his withers were getting somewhat more prominent. Snap goes well in my TC saddle, it was a big improvement in how he went in my Crosby Sovereign. But Snap is a big dude and is always very heavy on his forehand and tends to pull me forward. I work at keeping him up and balanced. So after checking my saddle, Tad let me put his saddle with the new carbon fiber tree on him. Then he told me to ride him around where and how I usually do. (Seriously… I have to ride in front of Tad Coffin!! …Oh no!)

    Well, Snap went not well, but great. Never had so much balance and self-carriage. He is always an agreeable guy, but he was having fun and just wanted to keep going!!

    Needless to say, I am going to get my 7 year old TC saddle refitted with the new carbon tree. If you have a TC saddle do the same. You will not regret it and your horse will thank you. I am convinced!!


  3. Jeanne says:

    I also was at TRF with Tad, Kelly, Kkim and everyone else. I work with Kim re-schooling & riding our TRF horses so I know how these horses go or don’t with their issues. I used to have a Passier then a close contact Crosby, then switched to a Barnsby, but after seeing the incredible difference the Tad Coffin saddle made for each & every one of 7 different horses each with different issues & each with a different body type… I decided on the spot that the best investment I can possibly make to help our horses be the most comfortable, happiest, and best performing horses they can be is to buy a Tad Coffin saddle. And, don’t misunderstand, I am not made of money… This means seriously tightening my financial belt…a lot. But… I will be helping the horses, thereby making my soul smile and giving me happier rides, and I will be saving TRF & myself vet bills, chiro bills, etc., etc., etc! Sure sounds to me like the right thing to do!!:) Can’t wait to get my TCS:) and I hope everyone who reads of our experience will go for it as well!

  4. chelsea says:

    Alot of people believe what they want to but I have watched the progressive steps day after day after day on a handful of many types of horses. Horse get labeled lame, crazy, hard do rides when in reality it’s the tack we put them in. The price is so worth it in the long run, less maintenance bills etc. TC is the absolute best saddle on the market for the the better of our equines and riders.


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