Originally Posted by bsms
If you buy a genuine new Australian made saddle, you've laid down a minimum of $2000. Most likely, you've shelled out $3500+.
Almost none of the Australian saddles sold in the US are made in Australia. There just aren't many who can afford them.
There just arnt many dumb enough to pay that much, Its just a dang saddle not an Italian Sportscar.
Perfectly comfortable, durable decent made Aussi stlye saddles can be had for well under $1000. More likely under $500. I think mine was 4 and some change.
One caveat. Used Austrailian saddles have almost no resale value. Just not enough demand. Tack stores generally wont take em as trade and they tend to hang out forever. When I was starting out I got the same answer from every woman I asked, "I hate em but I have a friend and "HE" loves it. They seem to fit men much better unlike almost everything else in the equine world which tends to be aimed at women.
I do like mine and probably wont be riding in anything else anytime soon.