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  • Used australian saddles for sale
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    11-11-2011, 02:14 PM
  #11
Trained
Mine was $125, but I bought it used from a local tack shop and threw out a way lowball offer because it'd been there for a while.
     
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    11-11-2011, 02:32 PM
  #12
Trained
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Originally Posted by KatieQ    
I recently learned (while shopping for my husband's saddle) that when you're shopping for an Aussie saddle you should make sure you get one that was made in Australia. Some are apparently made in India and they use very poor quality leather.
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.
     
    11-11-2011, 05:52 PM
  #13
Weanling
I love my aussie saddle. I'm more of a western saddle person, but for the life on me could not find a western saddle to fit my boy. I really didnt want to shell out tons of money to get a custom fit one and found mine online for $150 and it fits him great. Its used, but very well made and in great condition. Don't remember the brand name though- its stamped somewhere on the saddle.
The only thing I don't like about it is the english style cinch. I can never seem to get the darn thing tight enough. Other than that though, I love it. Its very comfy and secure feeling.
     
    11-11-2011, 06:02 PM
  #14
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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.
Can't agree more. The real one very used was $500 or so in ads in my area.
     
    11-11-2011, 06:14 PM
  #15
QOS
Green Broke
I had a Down Under Wizard Poley and a Kimberly Synthetic Stock saddle. They were both very comfortable, had Aussie rigging. I would still have them if they had fit Biscuit. I loved them both!
     
    11-11-2011, 07:54 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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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.
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    11-11-2011, 09:45 PM
  #17
Trained
FWIW I have two saddles from DownUnder. One has since been discontinued, and I own the most similar model to it.





During the last 2 Decembers, DownUnder has sold their saddles for 25% off, so this was about a $700 saddle. DownUnder used to have a section explaining that their saddles were made in India under supervision. Based on my own experience, the leather tends to be lower quality than a Circle Y or Bates, but that is to be expected when you pay $700 instead of over $1000. They allow returns of new saddles and I have found them good enough that I bought a second saddle from them. Don't know if they will have their saddles on sale next month or not.

I've heard good things about their lower cost line, but haven't tried one.
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    11-12-2011, 06:51 AM
  #18
Green Broke
Mine is a kimberly from down under. Trail something or other. Was a factory defect think I got it last december on sale and discounted. Was about 500,
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    11-13-2011, 12:23 PM
  #19
Weanling
We got ours second-hand for $900. With the girth, pad and matching breast collar. It looks brand new, though- the woman bought it and it didn't fit her horse, so it was used one time only.
     
    11-14-2011, 10:48 AM
  #20
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Green Broke
If they run that sale again I might buy one if I can get one to fit The Biscuit. I bought my first Aussie in their December sale. The leather was super soft and didn't seem to be cheap in any way.

I sold both of my Aussie's in our tack sale a few months back to a guy with Paso's. He got a whale of a deal. I sold my two Aussies, breast strap, wool leggings, suede stirrup pads and the saddle pad for $600. They were both in really good condition as I had taken very good care of them. Both had about 5 months each of mostly weekend riding on them. I hope he has enjoyed them as much as I did!
     

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