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post #1 of 12 Old 02-28-2011, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Which Saddle??

So i'm looking at buying an Aussie style saddle.
I found these 2 on Statelinetack, but was wondering what you guys think? I would prefer one without a horn but not entirely picky in that are.
My price limit is $350.
Do you think either is a good saddle or worth buying as you can't test them first?
Down Under Synthetic Australian Stock Saddle Pkg - Statelinetack.com

Down Under Synth Aust Endurance Saddle Package - Statelinetack.com

Also, there are these 2 from a guy near me. The Supra is a 17'' while the one without the horn in 16''. I ride a 15'' western, which is equivelent to a 17'' Aussie. Would it be OK to get the 16''?
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Do they look good as i'd like some ideas before going forward.

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-28-2011, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Lil, I'm sorry to be harsh, but all those "packages" are usually a complete junk (I got one myself from Chick's and returned it next day). I'd look into the used one personally (although yes, used aussies are pretty rare).

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Ya that's what i'm worried about. I ordered one from amazon a while back & it didnt fit my horse at all. I was thinking it might be better if purchased from an actual reputable store..

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Ya that's what i'm worried about. I ordered one from amazon a while back & it didnt fit my horse at all. I was thinking it might be better if purchased from an actual reputable store..
They all made in one place I think. The only good thing about reputable store is that they take in returns.

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post #6 of 12 Old 02-28-2011, 04:54 PM
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It all depends on fit. I hate to say this, but I haven'thad much luck with Aussie saddles fitting well. However, I think the ones I had access to were cheap ones and the tree was crooked and the leather poor quality. Same with any saddle, better quality used beats out low quality new, every time.

As for size, you must be pretty small. Do you think you will get bigger? I mean, you are full grown, right? (dumb question, I know)
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Yes, lol all 5 foot 2 of me ha ha!

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if you don't need the saddle yesterday, i'd put the effort into finding a good quality used saddle. I've seen some of the "cheaper" aussie saddles and would never want to ride in one let alone have my horse deal with it. On the other hand, i've dealt with some REALLY nice syd hill saddles and can say if I was in the market to buy a aussie type saddle I would put my time and money into one of those.

Just my two cents. :)
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Those two on Dover - My first reaction was YUCK! Definitely pass.

The synthetic second hand with the horn - Also pass.

The first second hand one is the best of a bad bunch, I think. I feel sorry for you guys in the US - All the Stock Saddles i've seen have been very sub-par so you have no idea of what it's like to ride in a good one, lol!

If the leather second hand one fits your horse, I think it would be the best of the lot.

Syd Hill are an ok brand - Better than most of what you guys have but only a middle-quality brand here in Aus.

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Syd Hill are an ok brand - Better than most of what you guys have but only a middle-quality brand here in Aus.
what do you have there that you find better than the Syd Hills? I wonder if it's something we could find somewhere here as i'd be interested in looking at any rate. :)
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