Manufacturer: Down Under (View all products by Down Under Saddle Supply)
Model: Campdraft Special (View all Campdraft Special reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: Bought from Down Under via the Internet. Upgraded stirrups and girth, paid $1000 including shipping. Staff were helpful and friendly. Saddle shipped the same day I ordered, and arrived in 2 days.
Likes: Fits like a glove with a much deeper seat than my Wintec english. I have a short-backed, high withered Arabian mare - sent them a wither tracing, and the saddle fits her like a glove as well. Feels very secure. I can post fine, but the poleys & cantle don't allow much excess movement - good, since my horses are kind of skittish. Comfortable ride. I'm surprised at how well I can feel the horse beneath me!
Dislikes: Puts more pressure/sq inch than a western saddle, as did my english one...and the mare notices that difference. Still, no pressure points. Hate Aussie girths - all of my horses objected to tightening the aussie cinch. Bought a double ring overgirth and converted to western cinch - the horses now stand calm. I tried several aussie girths, but the double looping of the girth annoyed my 3 horses.
Quality: Good quality leather - not quite Circle Y standard, but not their price, either. About the quality I expect at that price range.
Summary: It has converted me - after 3 months of use, I think I'll be riding Aussie saddles for the rest of my life. In fact, I bought a second saddle for my wife's use!
Usefulness Rating: 3.27778 out of 5.
18 reader(s) voted.
Dixieland Saddles Custom made Endurance saddle with horn Trail Saddles
Mr. Saddle TReeless - Giraffe pattern Trail Saddles
Liberty Bell Leather Dakota 75 series gaited saddle Trail Saddles
J Stead Saddle trail saddle Trail Saddles
Specialized saddles Trail Lite Trail Saddles
J Stead Lady Wade Trail Saddles
Nash Cherokee Cordura Trail Saddles
Crestridge Saddlery Crusade Elite Trail Saddles
Pam's Place Tack Genado Gaited Trail Saddles
Circle y Alpine Trail Saddles
JC Martin Saddles Trail saddle Trail Saddles
Steele Saddle Mountaineer saddle Trail Saddles
TN Saddlery Sharptail Gaited Wsetern Saddle Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Western Trail saddle, gaited tree Trail Saddles
Steve Edwards The Cowboy Trail Saddles
Dixieland Saddle Co. Tree style D +3/4 butterfly skirt light rider Trail Saddles
Bob Marshall Endurance Treeless Trail Saddles
Crestridge Wade Extra Wide Trail Saddles
Kimberley Kimberley Outback Australian Saddle Trail Saddles
Black Forest Saddles Rosewood treeless Trail Saddles