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AZguy 02-21-2012 11:10 PM

Aussie saddle
 
I just joined this forum, every time I would look something up on google it would take me here so figured I should join. I just bought a new saddle and it seems to be good quality and i really like how it feels. Its an aussie saddle but i cant find any markings on it, anyone have any idea how i can find out the brand or does anyone recognize it. Thanks for your help.
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DraftyAiresMum 02-21-2012 11:17 PM

Honestly, it looks like it might be one of those "Made in India", sold on eBay saddles. Usually the bigger-name makers (Australian Stock Saddle Co, Syd Hill, Trevor James, Outback, etc) will have a nameplate on the back of the cantle.

Is the leather kind of stiff or is it really soft and supple?

AZguy 02-21-2012 11:19 PM

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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum (Post 1372590)
Honestly, it looks like it might be one of those "Made in India", sold on eBay saddles. Usually the bigger-name makers (Australian Stock Saddle Co, Syd Hill, Trevor James, Outback, etc) will have a nameplate on the back of the cantle.

Is the leather kind of stiff or is it really soft and supple?

it seems really soft and supple but its also been ridden a bit so that may effect it. A friend of ours bought a cheap aussie saddle and the quality is much worse than the one I just bought. I was just surprised I couldnt find markings and I dont think i just missed them

DraftyAiresMum 02-21-2012 11:22 PM

It's possible that it's a decent saddle from a no-name maker. My Aussie saddle has no name on it and yet it's pretty decent (my local tack shop had to fix one of my leathers and the owner of the shop was commenting on how nicely made it is). Mine had a horn on it, but sometime in its lifetime, someone cut the horn off.

AZguy 02-22-2012 10:12 AM

yea nothing on the cantle, either way i think ill enjoy it. I just thought it was odd that there was nothing for markings
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gigem88 02-22-2012 10:15 AM

Welcome to the forum

TrailxxRider 02-22-2012 12:25 PM

I had one just like it in black. The blue on the bottom is a sign that its a cheaper saddle. Usually the good ones have a tan-ish colored bottom. I would go to your local tack shop and have them check the tree for you, a lot of times the cheaper saddles are built with crooked trees. It can through off your balance and put pressure points on your horse.

On another note the cheap one I had was extremely comfortable and I enjoyed trail riding in it. The tree was a little weak, but wasn't crooked. The rigging was a little weak, and my breast collar pulled the seams out a bit, but it held up. I rode in in on a weeked trail ride, over 50 miles, and it worked great.

If you didnt pay much for it, its a good stater Aussie saddle. New, they cost about $300-$400.

AZguy 02-22-2012 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by TrailxxRider (Post 1373354)
I had one just like it in black. The blue on the bottom is a sign that its a cheaper saddle. Usually the good ones have a tan-ish colored bottom. I would go to your local tack shop and have them check the tree for you, a lot of times the cheaper saddles are built with crooked trees. It can through off your balance and put pressure points on your horse.

On another note the cheap one I had was extremely comfortable and I enjoyed trail riding in it. The tree was a little weak, but wasn't crooked. The rigging was a little weak, and my breast collar pulled the seams out a bit, but it held up. I rode in in on a weeked trail ride, over 50 miles, and it worked great.

If you didnt pay much for it, its a good stater Aussie saddle. New, they cost about $300-$400.

ok thats good to know, i paid 200 for it but it seems worth it.

DraftyAiresMum 02-22-2012 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by TrailxxRider (Post 1373354)
The blue on the bottom is a sign that its a cheaper saddle. Usually the good ones have a tan-ish colored bottom.

Didn't know that! It makes sense, though, because all the cheap eBay saddles have the blue panels.

The panels on mine are red, so I guess it's a pretty decent saddle. :lol: :wink:

Koolio 02-22-2012 11:34 PM

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Originally Posted by AZguy (Post 1373966)
ok thats good to know, i paid 200 for it but it seems worth it.

$200 is a fair price for a relatively inexpensive Aussie saddle. Yours has a more western-style stirrup and the blue bottom which tells me it is not an expensive Aussie-made version. Genuine, good quality Aussie saddles made in Australia out of butter soft leather will set you back at least 10 times that much.

If the saddle fits your horse, is comfortable for you, and the tree is good, it's a good saddle, regardless of the maker or the cost. Look after it and you should enjoy many miles of comfortable riding.


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