where to shop for a good Aussie saddle
I love my aussie saddle, however I think my horse will be outgrowing it soon so I need to another larger aussie. Does anyone have any suggestions on websites I can check out?
My biggest problem will be to find a saddle to fit him and me - he's a 17hh percheron/canadianX (and he's only 3 so he'll obviously be getting bigger) and I'm 5'3 and very petite - so he needs a big saddle and I need a small seat.
Australian Saddles from Down Under Saddle Supply - Aussie Saddle Specialists
Look at the kimberly series "Trailmaster" specifically designed for horses with wide flat backs. I have one and was very happy with it. It comes in tiny to large seat size. The websight has a seat chart. Get a withers tracing and pictures of the horse. And let them know your size, weight, jean size, inseam, and saddel will show up perfect fit for you and the horse. These people are by far the Aussi saddle experts.
^^ I've had good luck with DownUnder. I used to get some stuff from Kates (RideAbout Aussie Leathers), but they seem to be going out of business. Their leathers are still selling and at a good price, FWIW. I'm using them with my DU saddle.
This place also has stuff, but it costs more and I've heard less than wonderful stories of customer support:
The AUSTRALIAN STOCK SADDLE Co
I've purchased tack from them with no problem, but their saddles are pricier - start below $1000 but go up to over $4000.
Thanks guys, now to shop :-)
Just another plug for Downunder:
I have a Kimberly (the Synthetic Endurance) from Downunder Saddlery and I love love love it.
And, I assume because they want your pants inseam and all that, my saddle came with the stirrups already perfectly adjusted to what I actually do need. Obviously, that was unnecessary but I thought it was a really nice touch.
Thanks again guys. Right now I wish he was a little older so I could buy one of these Kimberly saddles. This Downunder place sounds like it has good quality matched with great service - what a rare find.
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