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post #1 of 8 Old 02-05-2009, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Question Which saddle should I get?!?!

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I am avid rider who will be off to college soon. I have been looking into getting a saddle, and through my research have found that Down Under appears to have good quality saddles that better suit my price range and needs. The two saddles that most interest me are the Kimberley Economy Outback and the Exmoor Endurance. I would love any advice everyone here may have on which saddle would be best suited to my needs.

The saddles:

Kimberley Economy Outback

Exmoor Endurance

As a college student I will for the most part be leasing horses or assisting with the training of horses. I will be riding a variety of horses and will need a saddle that is as versatile as possible, though I understand that there will always be exceptions. I have seen that the Kimberley can be adjusted to custom sizes, while the Exmoor comes with one standard medium tree. The company also sells a Shaped Felt Shim pad for their aussie saddles that can be adjusted to make a saddle fit better, but does using a pad to adjust a saddle for differing horses actually work or is it a bit of a gimmick?

Felt Pad:

What the website says about this pad: "If you need maximum flexibility for fitment, this pad will fit the bill. Three pockets with felt inserts on each side of the pad allow you to adjust fitment from side to side and from front to back. The inserts are easily inserted and removed, so you can use it for different saddles and different horses."

I understand that another important part of choosing a saddle is considering what I plan on doing in it. I have done quite a bit of dressage and apply lower level dressage to much of the training and riding that I do. For this reason, the Exmoor was more attractive as it looks more like a traditional dressage saddle. However, I will also be doing a fair amount of trail riding and will be working with green horses on a more regular basis, which makes the Kimberley attractive for its extra deep seat. In addition, I ultimately plan on starting my own horse under saddle.

Thanks for reading all of this to all of you who have, and I am very grateful for your input!

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What are you going to be doing with it?
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-05-2009, 05:09 PM
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I'd say go with the Kimberly because you can do some dressage movements in any saddle (or so I've heard) and you want the best fit possible for every horse and if the Kimberly gets you there, I'd say go for it.

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personelly, i hate the second one! i like the first one better.
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-05-2009, 07:02 PM
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I don't know a lot about Aussie saddles, but I have used one and liked it! The first one does look nice and deep and probably more secure for riding the greenies! And if it's more adjustable when you will be riding multiple horses it sounds like the better choice.
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Thanks for the input. I think if it comes between those two, I will get the Kimberley. My mom is pressuring a bit more for me to get a traditional dressage saddle though... and I'm going to get my instructor's input on Sunday. They definitely have plenty of good insight, but I don't know whether they understand that I'd like to branch out a bit more and not work solely on dressage.

Plus, good dressage saddles are some of the most expensive. X_X Hand tooled fancy western saddles are some of the only I've seen that can compete with some of the dressage saddle prices.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-28-2009, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Just an update: I found a woman selling one of the Kimberleys in my area. It's in pretty darn good condition (a little stiff, a few minor scratches and rub marks). I went and tried it out... all of the sayings are true, they are super comfy. It also appeared to fit the wither tracing of my pony. So I bought it! I bet you can't guess what I paid, either.

I got it with stirrups, girth, everything... for $175. Not too shabby, for a college student's budget. ^_^
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-28-2009, 11:38 PM
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Nice! I wish i could get a nice used Stübben dressage saddle for $175! I found this really awesome one for sale in California for $700, about $100 less than what I paid for my all purpose I got from England. I just have a thing for Stübben saddles, I LOVE my all purpose, I'm just a little more into dressage with my new horse right now. Whenever I get a job, I think I'm going to invest in one... before I have to go to college and mom's not paying for everything!
Congratulations on the saddle!

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