Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Syd Hill doesn't make saddles any more.
Bates makes an Australian saddle with adjustable gullet for around $2000.
If you have $3000+, you can probably get a genuine Australian saddle, and for $4000 on up have one fitted to your horse...but for that much money, I'd go with a US made western saddle at 2,000-2,500. Also, the Australian saddles are not that much lighter than a western one. My DownUnder & Circle Y weigh about the same.
For the price, DownUnder makes a good Australian-style saddle. $1,000 doesn't buy you a high grade saddle of any style. If you go English, then you will get more saddle for the cash and lighter weight.
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