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        07-08-2014, 10:56 PM
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    Foal
    Kimberley western endurance saddle?

    Has anyone tried this saddle? It is sold by Down Under Web and they sell mostly Aussie saddles and this "interesting looking" lightweight saddle. I can't find any reviews for it, so hoping someone has seen one or ridden in one...

    Any input is appreciated!
         
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        07-08-2014, 10:59 PM
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    Weanling
    There's one for sale on a Facebook group called Endurance Tack & Horse Swap. Beware you may be fueling a tack addiction by joining! She says the saddle is very comfortable and fits her narrow, prominent withered Paso. However unlike other down under saddles it is non adjustable and only comes in one tree size which is more on the narrow side.
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        07-08-2014, 11:10 PM
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    Foal
    Thanks! I'll join that group and ask some questions about the saddle. I know I can call Down Under as well, but I always like to get consumer feedback vs. the shop that's selling :) I've had an Abetta Endurance saddle and it worked well for the summer ride/camp trips I do. I gave the saddle to a friend and am getting back into camping/riding. We cover a lot of ground and though I'd be happy to get another Abetta, I saw this one at Kimberley and thought it looked "interesting" enough to do some research...
         
        07-09-2014, 01:23 AM
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    Weanling
    You may also have luck finding info on the AERC Facebook group. Either way there are many interesting posts!
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        07-09-2014, 08:56 AM
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    Yearling
    I didn't have a very positive experience with the quality/durability of Kimberly saddles in the past, but they may have improved since then (that was roughly 15 years ago). I would def want to hear some real-people reviews of the current product or see if they do a demo program.
         
        07-09-2014, 10:02 AM
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    Foal
    Hmmm....I did a search on AERC's FB page and didn't see anything re: the Kimberley Saddle. Maybe I gotta dig deeper, but scrolling through all the posts will take a while. Any better way to do it? I'm not super FB savvy :)
         
        07-09-2014, 11:05 AM
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    Started
    My first Kimberly(about 8 years ago) was great, my last one(2 years ago), a more expensive model, was absolute crap, there were gaps between the leather panels in a few places big enough to see the material underneath, and the rings started pulling out of the saddle. The flocking also compressed badly in a matter of months. Not worth the money.
         
        07-09-2014, 11:19 AM
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    Weanling
    Instead of searching posts, make a post of your own asking for info and reviews. A lot of people will see it and chime in if they have any experience.
         
        07-09-2014, 03:41 PM
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    Foal
    Thanks Atomic-O. I will take your suggestion!
         
        07-10-2014, 08:18 AM
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    Foal
    I've heard good things about that saddle. Down Under is a good company. I just exchanged saddles seamlessly. They give you one fitting for free.
         

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