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post #11 of 16 Old 07-12-2013, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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I was hoping you would see this Joe. :) Thanks for the info. Not sure about the tree. From what I can see it's wood, but there's really not much too it at all. Then there's the memory foam type panels (not sure if that's really what they are but they feel like it). The saddle is super light despite it's size. Without any extra rigging, it weighs 16.5 lbs. Too bad this one is not made for skinny butts like mine. I would need more like a 15. Hubby is a 3-4 times a year type rider and the weather has to be just right. ;) He doesn't quite share my "obsession". I'll ride in the dead of night if the moon is nice and bright. ;)
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-12-2013, 05:48 PM
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by tree I meant wide or medium, seems they can be adjusted smaller but not bigger. Thats a fine saddle and was on top of my list , only thing I didnt like is the rigging, I have two saddles and the billets are stretched and tore up. No idea why they put suede on the inside of them. Really only complaint about them. What size horse do you have ? IE what kinda back and withers ? what western tree tends to fit him
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post #13 of 16 Old 07-12-2013, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Oh OK. Sorry about that. I would say it's a medium to medium/wide. There are two places to attach a breast plate on either side of the gullet and if I measure at about the level of top screw to top screw of the lower breast plate attachment but inside the gullet, it measures around 6 1/2-3/4 inches. If I measure exactly from the center point of each panel on the inside, it measures around 8 inches but that's lower than where you would normally measure gullet size. We'd be using this saddle on my barrel mare who has given me grief fitting a barrel saddle to. She is high withered and wide and stands at 16.1h and 1100 lbs. . I had to sell a regular QH bar Tex Tan and go with FQH bars for her barrel saddle with a 7in gullet. My neighbor did tell me to use a good thick pad with this saddle because the panels are close contact but the foam is very forgiving. I'll be trying it on my girl here in a littel bit. Hubby did agree to try it out to see if the 19 vs the 20 in. seat will work but I don't know if he'll get past the missing horn. LOL! As far as condition, it seems to be normal wear kind of stuff. It looks really good. Billets are in good shape. They are loooong! :) I have regular AP and dressage girths I'll be trying with it. There is one spot where it looks like she repaired a tear in the gold fabric that covers the panels but it was very neatly done and of course not visible while riding. If you really are interested in this saddle, would you want me to get you in touch with her or give you the listing info once she decides to do so? She's also letting me try out an Annie George endurance saddle which I already know I can't afford and she said if I don't decide on either one, she'll be listing them for sale.
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-12-2013, 08:15 PM
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The Longreach Endurance was the saddle I was interested in when I was shopping for an aussie. However, I decided against it for a couple reasons. For one, those foam panels cannot be adjusted to fit your horse like flocked panels can, so if it is not an absolutely perfect fit right off the shelf you have no way to tweak it. Also, the folks at Down Under said that model isn't ideal for high withered horses, better for broad flat backs (and my horse is a TBx with high withers). I ended up with the Down Under Master Campdraft Deluxe, which was brand new on the clearance page for a similar price (normally around $1k I think). So check out their clearance page and consider getting an aussie that is fit to your horse's wither tracings...
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post #15 of 16 Old 07-12-2013, 08:45 PM
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I've got a DownUnder saddle with a horn and one without. I think I prefer having a horn, but I use it mainly as a handle to pick the saddle up with. The only time I've had a horse try hard to throw me (Trooper - maybe 4 years ago) was with the one without a horn - but with a grab strap. Eventually, Trooper got tired of trying to throw me...

If you get one that doesn't fit because the withers are too high, then a wither relief pad like Wintec sells - with the thicker front end - will work well to raise the front. (Wintec Comfort Saddle Pad With Lift - The size of the Wintec pad is a perfect match for the panels of my Master Campdraft.

Something I like about the saddles (from a male perspective) is that they don't have a sharp rise to the front of them. Some western saddles seem designed to emasculate men. The Australian style is much more English, with room for a male who hasn't been gelded...

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post #16 of 16 Old 07-13-2013, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Well, we tried it out. Hubby was actually willing without the horn. Turns out he really needs a 20 inch. Like bsms said, his "none gelded" parts were crowded in this one. LOL!. I cracked up when I read that. :) And he really wants that horn. He needs it to pull himself up while mounting more than anything. Poor guy. He's just a big tall man at 6'4" and football player weight so he has issues anyway with the saddle sliding to the side when he mounts. So anyway, I'm giving it back to my neighbor. I'm actually glad we had the chance to try it out because now we know for sure not to go less than what his last saddle was. And the saddle "looked" like it fit my girl, but with her high withers, I would definitely have to get some kind of support pad because once my husband was in the saddle, it looked like it was pushed down on her quite a bit despite the nice thick pad we were using. The close contact foam panels didn't support him much. So and learn. I also tried the Annie George she gave me and maaaaaan, that hard seat makes my Stubben feel like a mattress topper. My skinny butt has no natural padding as it is! It fit both me and my mare OK, but that was one hard seat and super slick leather. It would have worked for a slow ride but God forbid a bugger jumped out of the bushes and I'd probably go sliding right off. So, they're both going back. Thank you all for your input. I learned a lot today. Just for's my girl in the Down Under. Wish it wasn't so blurry.


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