Aussie Saddles - Down Under Kimberley Stock vs Endurance?
I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on a new saddle, but I'm still somewhat torn between the Down Under Kimberley Synthetic Stock and the Synthetic Endurance. This will be my first Aussie saddle, so I don't want to spend a ton of $$ on it. I know a "true" Aussie saddle would run me much more than these saddles ;)
For those of you that have one of these saddles, why did you choose the one you did (Endurance or Stock)?
I plan to use this saddle on trail rides (usually 1-4 hours at a leisurely walk/trot) and so I'm looking for a saddle that will be comfortable for both me and my horse and give me a little more security than my English close contact saddle while still being lighter than my heavy Western saddle. I know the Endurance is a little lighter than the Stock, but I'm leaning towards the Stock anyway, since it has the Serge panels and the traditional Aussie rigging with a sweat flap.
How long are the flaps are on the Endurance and Stock? (I called Down Under, but the person I spoke to didn't know). Based on the photos online, it looks like the Stock saddle has much longer flaps. Will a standard dressage saddle pad fit under the Stock saddle, or will the flaps of the Stock hang down past the end of the pad?