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post #1 of 16 Old 07-12-2013, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Need your input on this Aussie saddle...

I have an opportunity to buy this Aussie saddle from my neighbor. We've been keeping an eye out for one for my husband after we lost his in a barn fire, but he's not a super active rider so we haven't been in a huge rush. This is a 19in Down Under. It has Down Under Series stamped on the outside flap. It doesn't give any other model name to let me know what style of Down Under it is. It's a little different from the Aussies I'm used to in that it doesn't have an overgirth. The billets are attached to the tree I'm assuming??? and are then guided down the inside of the flaps. The panels seem to be close contact cell foam. I don't know how old it is. Anyway, she wants $400 for it. What do y'all think?

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I strongly think that might be their Longreach endurance model. If so, they're over $1k new. If not that one, then perhaps the Kimberely (also an endurance model) that's around $700 new. They do both use the English girth system so you should be able to use pretty much any english girth. I don't think they're as heavily padded (flocked) as some of the other styles so you'll need to take that into consideration when you pick out a saddle pad to use with it. If it's structurally sound and fits the horse, it's a worthwhile purchase - perhaps offer her a little less on spec (I don't know how the big the market is for used Aussie saddles or how long she's had it for sale but the owner may be agreeable to your counteroffer). You'll have to post pictures of it in use if you decide to get it.
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Need some input on this saddle...

I posted this on the Tack Review thread but since this is actually more up the endurance alley, I thought I'd post it here too.

I have an opportunity to buy this Aussie saddle from my neighbor. We've been keeping an eye out for one for my husband after we lost his in a barn fire, but he's not a super active rider so we haven't been in a huge rush. This is a 19in Down Under. It has Down Under Series stamped on the outside flap. It doesn't give any other model name to let me know what style of Down Under it is. It's a little different from the Aussies I'm used to in that it doesn't have an overgirth. The billets are attached to the tree I'm assuming??? And are then guided down the inside of the flaps. The panels seem to be close contact cell foam. I don't know how old it is. Anyway, she wants $400 for it. What do y'all think? She's also letting me try her Annie George but she wants $1400 for that one and that's a little too rich for my blood, especially since I'm not really in the market for one for myself right now.

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I posed a comment under your other thread if you'd like to check that out.
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post #6 of 16 Old 07-12-2013, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Chevaux. I was kind of leaning towards the same models you mentioned. Hubby is very attached to his saddle horn so I don't know if I'll be able to convince him. She actually let me take it home so we'll see what he has to say tonight when he gets home. I appreciate the input. :)
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As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating so if you can get your husband to take it for a test ride he should find it quite comfortable and won't notice the horn's not there. Also, hopefully bsms will provide a comment here as he uses an aussie saddle and can provide a male perspective on them.
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If you're interested I have a 19" Stockman Bush Rider for sale! See my post in the classifieds.
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-12-2013, 03:25 PM
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thats a down under longreach endurance, 910 brand new. Aussi saddles tend to have very little resale value. seems people see one cheap crappy one and assume all of them are bad. But same people will tell you to buy a good brand western. Humm go figure. Any way that is a good saddle, but more of a performance model, Id like to have it of it fit my horse. assuming really good shape I say 400 is pretty good deal. what tree is it ?
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post #10 of 16 Old 07-12-2013, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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I know what you mean. I am still going to bug him to mount up in this one just to see how it'll feel to him. The one we lost in the fire was a 20in so I also want to know if a 19in will even work for him, horn or no horn (he's a big guy :) ). Having this one at home gives us a chance to try out size if nothing else. DuckDodgers, if yours is still available and the 19in here fits him, I may be getting back with you as yours is more my price range anyway. Hubby doesn't ride much but loved his Aussie when he did even though it wasn't one of the super great quality ones. I want to say it was by Outback Saddle Co.
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