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post #41 of 48 Old 02-11-2013, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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It looks beautiful. Not the kind of saddle I think I want, but it looks very well made for sure! (If it was, I would ask if you took commissions!)

I'm still waiting to hear back from James Saddlery about the Ringer Mk III. The lack of effective communication bothers me (I mean really- if you're a professional company you'd think you'd go out of your way to be as helpful as possible, no?), but he seems to be the best for my budget, and has a saddle that looks almost exactly like I want it to. The only other premade one I found was the Muster Master, and I've since decided against buying from ASSC. I must say, I've decided that I don't care for saddle hunting very much!
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post #42 of 48 Old 02-11-2013, 08:03 PM
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It looks beautiful. Not the kind of saddle I think I want, but it looks very well made for sure! (If it was, I would ask if you took commissions!)

I'm still waiting to hear back from James Saddlery about the Ringer Mk III. The lack of effective communication bothers me (I mean really- if you're a professional company you'd think you'd go out of your way to be as helpful as possible, no?), but he seems to be the best for my budget, and has a saddle that looks almost exactly like I want it to. The only other premade one I found was the Muster Master, and I've since decided against buying from ASSC. I must say, I've decided that I don't care for saddle hunting very much!

I can sympathise with that, a lot of the old guys from the bush here are not really the computer types, I’m trying to get another tree to build another charro saddle and the guy I want to contact apparently can’t figure out how to work an email and relies on phone communication. I’ve just been too busy to worry about it at the moment. I wouldn’t be too disheartened by it, some of them just don’t know how to work a computer; my uncle, an old cattleman from years ago, is exactly like that, gets me to check 6 months worth of his emails in one go every time I go up to visit him. Try giving them a phone call, you’ll probably get heaps of help from them then.
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I can sympathise with that, a lot of the old guys from the bush here are not really the computer types, I’m trying to get another tree to build another charro saddle and the guy I want to contact apparently can’t figure out how to work an email and relies on phone communication. I’ve just been too busy to worry about it at the moment. I wouldn’t be too disheartened by it, some of them just don’t know how to work a computer; my uncle, an old cattleman from years ago, is exactly like that, gets me to check 6 months worth of his emails in one go every time I go up to visit him. Try giving them a phone call, you’ll probably get heaps of help from them then.
I'm thinking about it. A call from the States to Australia will cost me though. It's not that I don't get responses back (Well... One per day maybe) it's just he doesn't answer my questions. I'll send an email with four questions (A few I have asked twice now) and I'll get back a short, one sentence email that answers only one of my questions. I would have quit and moved on by now if A) I could find that kind of saddle in my budget anywhere else and B) If I hadn't heard such good things about them. All I read was praise, so I'm not sure what the issue is, but I'm willing to give it a few more chanced before he gets a well worded upset email from me. I mean, if this is how ALL of our communication is going to be, then how am I supposed to get reliable updates while it's being built? Or get more than one question answered, unless I want to call Australia every time? *sigh*
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post #44 of 48 Old 02-11-2013, 10:24 PM
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but I have never seen a Syd Hill saddle that would be worth anything but being used as firewood.
Agreed, I hate them. However for the US market they are one of the better options, at least better than the crappy, wouldn't-wish-it-upon-my-least-favourite-horse indian excuses for stock saddles.

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post #45 of 48 Old 02-13-2013, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. I'm going to call it quite with Trevor James saddlery. If communication is going to be that bad then I don't know what else is going to end up being that bad. I don't even know if I would get my saddle if they're THIS incompetent when it comes to emailing. This frustrates me to no end, because he has the exact saddle I want, for a relatively good price, and relatively good quality compared to others in that price range. I shouldn't have to ask a question 3 times before getting the most basic answer that could possibly be typed out sent back to me.

Which brings me back to square one. *sigh* What I'm getting out of looking around is that I'm not going to get an Aussie saddle in my price range that's good quality, let alone one in the style that I love. So I'm going to have to settle with something lesser. I guess I'll probably look for a used DownUnder or something - not the best quality, but not the worst. In my price range. I notice that I don't really care for the halfbreed saddles, the way they look - I like having the flaps underneath the fenders. I thought about looking for a stock saddle that I could switch the leathers out with fenders. Is that a thing? Interchangeable leg fenders/leathers? That would make this searching so much easier. I found a few with the mounted stirrup bar, which seems like it would make them changeable.... But. I don't know.

Part of me also thinks I should just wait, because if I buy a saddle now and find one later I won't want to buy it, having just bought one! But, my saddle hurts to ride in, and I'd really like a replacement. So. I'm guessing a used non-Australian-made stock is going to have to be my option here unless I can magically win the lottery (Or drop out of school... Which is not happening).

Bottom of the line: I have googled SO MANY different things that I think I must have looked at EVERY Australian saddle maker that has a website. They are all beyond what I can afford 9although very nice). I would love to have a legitimate Australian made saddle some day, but until then I guess I can settle for one I don't care for as much. As long as it doesn't hurt me to ride in, It's better than what I've got now.
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I got my first Aussie saddle off of cragslist for $200 and it was comfy, just 2 big for my current horse.
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post #47 of 48 Old 02-13-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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I got my first Aussie saddle off of cragslist for $200 and it was comfy, just 2 big for my current horse.
This is what'll need to happen. I'm guessing it'll be a bit hard because Clementine has such a wide back (She's a ~7.5, I think, and thus needs extra wide). I know Down Under does saddle adjustments on their saddles for not a huge price, so I think I'm going to try to find a used DownUnder specifically because I will more than likely have to get it adjusted.
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I used mine on a Percheron. Very wide back. It fit fine until he got in shape and then I needed to get a foam shim which worked well. Good luck in your aearch
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