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post #1 of 25 Old 06-14-2011, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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English saddles?

Okay, I'm having trouble with trying to find a cheap, good looking, quality saddle. Preferably leather.

I have found the HDR saddles, and they look great... but the ones I want only come in foam, and I want a Flocked, I emailed them, and they said I could pre-order a Flocked one, but would take up to 4 months... and i need it before September... preferable asap.

I don't want a Wintec, and preferably something around $1000 (AUS dollar) from any country!

So any suggestions? or ones you like that are cheap?

Oh, also, either a Event saddle, Close Contact or All Purpose.
Or if you know of any HDR websites or shops that stock Flocked ones??

THANKING YOU SO MUCH! (:
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post #2 of 25 Old 06-14-2011, 08:17 AM
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I'm not positive about AUS $$, but $1000 in US $ I don't consider to be cheap. I have 3 saddles under $1000 and all very nice quality (and good fit).

You can look into Collegiate and M Toulouse. They are nice quality still on cheaper side. Or just go with used one. :)

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Per Google, 1 Australian dollar = 1.0636 US dollars.
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So the exchange rate isn't that different, then.

Instead of looking for new, why not go with used? Many of the well made brands can be had for a lot less than $1,000 AUS if you're willing to go used.

Plus, the better made saddles last just about forever, and the older ones are all wool flocked.

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post #5 of 25 Old 06-15-2011, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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I would like a new saddle. any other brands? or websites that have good saddles?? thanks heaps!
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Another one I like is Thornhill (I have one). However I can't really suggest any websites in Aus. Unfortunately shipping there from US will cost you leg and arm.

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hahaha, thanks kitten, ill have a look at them! (:
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I have a Thornhill and I LOVE it. It is one of the most comfortable saddles I have ever ridden in and it is about 3 years old and still looks as good as the day I bought it. For the price I am very happy with the quality of the leather and the details, such as knee pad and block and a moveable thigh block. Much better than the HDR's or Collegiate's in he same price range. They have a website. My tack store ordered it and had it shipped so even in another country you could probably get one.

I will try to upload a pic of it...it's on my mare but hopefully you can get an idea. They make an all purpose (mine), a close contact, and just an eq I think.
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post #9 of 25 Old 06-15-2011, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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nice!!! looks good, how much was that one? and yeah, thank you, i found the website, they also do dressage! and endurance (:

also, another question, what do you reckon your coloured saddle would look on a medium/dark bay?
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Collegiate has a few models that were priced for about $900 (and up) CDN, and most of them seem to be wool flocked.

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