Outback Saddle Co?
Has anyone ever heard anything good/bad about this company and their saddles? Does anyone here use one personally and how do they feel about them. I need to get a new saddle because the one I have just doesn't fit my TB anymore since he filled out. I tried a few saddles on him yesterday that belong to a friend and found that FQHB work better on him than SQHB, But he has very high withers.
At any rate, I'm trying to find either an endurance saddle or aussie saddle for him and am currently on a tight budget. I just need something to get me by till I can save up for a better one. I don't need the top of the line but I don't want a piece of junk saddle either... So any info would be great.
18" New Light Oiled Aussie Stock Outback Saddle Pkg | eBay
16" Outback Saddle Co. Australian Saddle for sale in Newberg, Oregon :: HorseClicks
It's a good brand. For the Aussie brands you can get in the states, Outback is one of the ones that gives you a pretty good bang for your buck.
However, that first link says Saddle Package ( I can't click it for some reason). Is it one of those megs cheap brand new saddle packages? If it is, DONT BUY IT. It'll be crappy. The second one looks like a good used saddle, though. I would buy one - they're a 'good quality cheap saddle' if that makes sense!
I was going to get an Outback until I found my Kimberly for about the same price I was finding a lot of them for on ebay. I'm not sure what your budget is but you can order a Kimberly custom fit to your horse for about $300. That's their cheapest one or Down Under does have a clearance section. When I saw my Aussie saddle on ebay I fell in love though & decided I could spend a little over budget >.>
Those packages never stay around $50 - trust me I watched a lot of them. They get close to $200 and for that price you can get a used one from a good brand.
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^^^^ very true. If you go to Down Under's website, you can get a Kimberly brand new pretty cheap, and Kimberly is a better brand than Outback- ESPECIALLY if it's some saddle package that costed $150. And they custom fit to a wither tracing, too.
Outback is a good brand, the 2nd link is more likely the real Outback Saddle Co. Saddle
That ebay seller has had many, many reincarnations. It's a seller based in Modesto. When the feedback gets too bad they disappear and comeback with a new name. Some of the pictures are the same ones they have used for over 15 yrs. If you poke around you'll find them running a few different names now. Couple of different family members, couple different accounts and they keep going.
So if I go with "Outback" I should make sure it has the name brand on the saddle? I did see a lot on eBay without a brand on them so I avoided those. I may check out the kimberly saddles.
Outback Saddle Co. is an Indian made budget Australian saddle. Not the best quality, not bad. I personally didn't know if I wanted an Aussie, and am on a college budget, so I bought one from Australian Stock Co. On eBay that came with the saddle, leathers, stirrups, and cinch for $250. I did have to instantly replace the cinch, but the saddle has been doing well for me.
I've been using it about 6 months, with zero issues. I ride about 5-7 days a week, up hill, down hill, ect. and have never had an issue on it. I do check my horse's back for sore spots after every ride, knowing it IS a budget saddle, and have had none, even after 4+ hour rides.
I bought the saddle, expecting it to be almost destroyed within six months so I could decide if I wanted to splurge on the Kimberly, but this thing is showing zero signs of slowing down. I plan on riding in it until I can't anymore, then I may go for a fancy brand name :)
In all, good saddle for the price, awesome way to decide if you want an Aussie if you've never rode in one.
So I got a budget aussie saddle so I can try the style out... I may buy a nicer one in the future but I'd rather try before I spend serious cash. I got it yesterday. Tried it on my horse, fit him fine, he had enough wither room which was always a problem with him. He seemed fine in it. I LOVE how secure I feel in it, I think I really like the style of seat for me. Only thing I don't like is the girth. I'll probably look into replacing that but I don't know a thing about english girths so I might convert it to western. I'll probably never buy a western saddle again after how secure I felt yesterday (which I'm always worried about since I was bucked off my mustang years ago). All in all I'm not unhappy.
Here's a photo, was trying it on him.
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