I considered one for my horse but after searching on various forums for info about them i chose to steer clear.
Never read a single good thing, also tried emailing Shires to ask where a stockist i could view one at was and never heard back from them which is a pet hate of mine so i went for a Kent and Masters instead. I agree second hand better quality all the way (umm, probably even over my kent and masters!)
I bought one....I was actually surprised at how nice it was in the flesh....better than expected TBH.....it fitted the horse alright and was comfy....but I've actually just sold it after a month or so.
Just didn't feel right -felt 'perched' on the horse rather than astride him although I have to say he is an awkward bugger to fit and he was happy in it....