Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Look what came in the mail - Indian UP saddle

I got a very nice surprise today: The saddle and stirrups that I ordered from sellerie-occitane.com arrived in the mail!They offer a very affordable UP saddle of indian manufacture, and since I needed a new saddle to do napoleonic light cavalry, I ordered this. It beats any and all offers for refurbished UP's that I've come across, so kinda hard to refuse.


First impression: It's a saddle!
Second impression: It's a UP!
Third impression: Looks servicable and sturdy enough - the metal is a lot thicker than on my Hungarian UP.
Fourth impression: Some of the finishes do look a bit rough

View from the front:

View from the rear:

Cantle support:

Pommel support:

Pommel close-up:

Height of seat leather above tree and webbing:

The leather of the seat extends very flat, and doesn't curve down much at all. Right now, it is a very unpleasant seat with the edges digging into my thighs. I am a bit concerned here, but fully realise it's probably because the leather is brand spanking new and still has to settle. I have never owned a brand new UP, or any brand new saddle, so don't know if it's normal. I expect it will settle in quickly enough with riding.

Roller in cantle:

This roller looks particularly rough - a tiny bit of extra effort would have looked a lot better. Also, note the cutout, that doesn't look realy finished.

Roller in cantle, seen from rear:

Strap mount:

Overall there are a few minor gripes about the finish, but it looks like a saddle that will be durable enough. For the price, I wasn't expecting a perfect finish.

I'm really keen to try it on my horse, can't wait for the weekend!


  1. Treat it with lexol. Then use warm water and ride it. It will conform, but your body will too.

  2. How do you like the saddle after riding in it?