Try before you buy
Not everyone is comfortable buying a saddle without trying it out on their own horse first. Even though we have an AWESOME 10 day return policy, we also offer customers the opportunity to hire one of our wonderful saddles before committing to purchase. See below for full details.
Please download the Demo Booking Form. If you would prefer the booking form as a WORD doc, please send me a request via email - .
Complete the form and email it to and I will let you know when you can expect to receive your demo saddle. Sometimes there can be a wait of a week or two, as they are very popular. Your demo deposit will not be processed until the demo saddle is ready to be sent to you. If you prefer to pay the demo deposit via direct deposit, I will notify you when the saddle is ready so you can make your deposit to get in line immediately.
It is imperative that you send your booking form in regardless of whether the demo saddle is immediately available - this is the only way you can get in the queue. It's first - in - first - served.
Below are the demo saddles currently available for pre-purchase trial
Click on photos for more information regarding sizing and security deposit required.
Seat size Grande. Demo Deposit $2450.00, comes with saddle pad, leathers, and stirrups. Takes a 2 buckle Dressage girth (not provided).
Seat size Piccolo. Demo Deposit $2150.00, comes with saddle pad, leathers, and stirrups. Takes a 2 buckle Dressage girth (not provided).
Ghost Buttera Saddle. Size Grande. Demo Deposit $2450.00, comes with saddle pad, leathers, and stirrups. Takes a 2 buckle Dressage girth (not provided).
Ghost Cavallin Buttera Bareback Saddle. Size Piccolo. Demo Deposit $1600.00. Comes with saddle pad, leathers, and stirrups. Takes a 2 buckle Dressage girth (not provided).
Ghost Cavallin Toscana Bareback Saddle. Size Piccolo. Demo Deposit $1050.00, comes with saddle pad, leathers, and stirrups. The Toscana has English girth billets for use with a 2 buckle Dressage girth. Girth not included.
Ghost Torino Saddle. Size Grande. Demo Deposit $1650.00, comes with saddle pad, leathers, and stirrups. The Torino has English girth billets for use with a 2 buckle Dressage girth. Girth not included.
Small seat (16.5-17" English). Different pommel sizes to choose from. See fitting page for how to determine correct pommel size. Demo comes with shimmable Saddle pad, stirrup leathers and stirrup irons. Demo deposit $1850.00
The Yasir saddle has a soft tree and a changeable gullet system. Seat size: 17". Demo deposit is $2750.00 Includes leathers and stirrup irons.
S1 = 15.5" Western seat. Treeless. Security deposit $3990.00
15.5" Western seat. Adjustable via Allen Wrench, Ultra Flex Tree. Security deposit $5440.00
Seat size 16" Western. Adjustable via Allen Wrench, Ultra-Flex Tree. Medium fenders. Demo deposit $4720.00
15" seat. Adjustable via Allen Wrench, Ultra-Flex Tree. Security deposit $5990.00
S1 (17" English 15" Western seat). Adjustable gullet via Allen Wrench, Ultra Flex Tree. Security deposit $5550.00
Seat size S2 (17"-17.5"). Adjustable via Allen Wrench, Ultra-Flex Tree. Demo deposit $5020.00
Seat size S2 (17"-17.5"). Adjustable via Allen Wrench, Ultra-Flex Tree. Demo deposit $4790.00
Model: VSD (Very slightly dressage). Seat size: 17". Changeable gullet and flexible leather tree. Demo deposit: $2750.00
Mattes Fellsattel: Cob sized saddle. Large seat. Demo deposit is $1700.00, comes with all mounts except a girth. Takes a 2 buckle dressage girth (not provided).
Terms of Trial:
1) A security deposit is taken via credit card, direct deposit or PayPal, in advance. Click on photos of demo saddles for the security deposit amount. These funds will be held as security against the saddle and accessories until it is returned, with nil damage. Normal wear is expected. All CC payments are processed using PayPal. Please note merchant fees can no longer be refunded due to changes with PayPal refund policy. Please also note that it can take 14 days for your refund to appear on your credit card. This is due to PayPal taking 5 business days to process refunds and 5 + business days for your credit card company to process the refund back to your card. Sucks I know!
2) You are responsible for the saddle until it is returned safely by REGISTERED POST. You are liable for postage both ways, Postal insurance is recommended on the return trip, if the saddle does go missing, your security deposit cannot be refunded. It is important that you assume full responsibility for the saddles condition & safe keeping during the trial period. Experience has shown that damage to saddles usually occurs when they are transported in a car. If you do need to transport the demo saddle, please do so using the box it came to you in.
3) The length of the trial is 10 days, this starts from when you receive the saddle, not from when it was posted to you. If you require any additional time, just reach out. If there is no one immediately waiting to trial the saddle, it should be okay.
4) Delivery charges are dependent on location. HEST will deduct the postage cost and demo fee ($120) from your refund once the demo saddle has been returned as per conditions stipulated above. If you wish to place an order for a new saddle, the $120 demo fee is of course waived.
5) Saddles and all accessories, must be returned in the same condition as they were received: clean and hair free. If the saddle or accessories are returned with excessive wear and tear including scratches and dents to the leather or excessive marking on girth straps or flaps and/or stirrups, a portion of your security deposit will be retained to cover this damage. If the saddle and/or accessories are returned dirty, a cleaning fee of $25 will be deducted from your refund. Please do not wash the Mattes Fellsattels. Whilst they are machine and dryer friendly, the instructions must be followed to the letter. Just vacuum the sheepskin once the sweat has dried off.
6) Please do not wear denim jeans when riding in any of our demo saddles, or studded jeans or jeans with bling on the pockets. Silicone jodhpurs will damage the dressage saddle seats so please do not wear these either. Jodhpurs with suede seats are okay.
7) Please print and complete the Demo Booking Form. If the saddle is out on a demo already, you will be placed next in line. Your security deposit will not be processed until the saddle is ready to be sent to you.
All Ghost & Mattes demo saddles come with the following
accessories included for use with the demo:
1) Saddle Pad
2) Stirrup leathers
3) Safety Stirrups
You will require access to a 2 buckle dressage girth.
The EDIX Dressage saddles come with stirrup leathers.
You will require access to a 2 buckle dressage girth and stirrup irons.
The EDIX Treeless saddles come with saddle pad, fenders, and stirrups.
You will require access to a western cinch or 2 buckle dressage girth.
No accessories are included with the DP demo saddles and no special saddle pad is required.
You will require access to stirrup leathers, stirrup irons and a 2 buckle dressage girth.