Down Under Saddle Supply
Kimberley Synthetic Endurance Saddle
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Manufacturer: Down Under Saddle Supply
Model: Kimberley Synthetic Endurance Saddle
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: After weeks of research, I ordered the saddle directly from the company. It retails for $279.
Likes: The company was an absolute pleasure to deal with through the whole process. The representatives were easily accessible via email and phone, were extremely helpful and friendly, overall the best customer service experience. The saddle is extremely light weight, beautifully made, cosmetically very appealing, no defects noticed.
Dislikes: Even though I sent in wither tracing and detailed description of the horse, the saddle did not fit at all. It rocked on the horse, and tended to slide back by about 3 inches after just a few minutes with girth well cinched. The endurance panels are very bulky and do not taper - which created discomfort to the horse and the rider. My legs were uncomfortable within a few minutes of the ride. The seat is not well padded and overall riding in the saddle gave me back pain within minutes. I was not able to tolerate the ride beyond first 20 minutes. The stirrups felt flimsy and I did not like the nylon "leathers". Only having one flap on the saddle was also uncomfortable, as I am used to more traditionally built stock saddles.
Quality: Visually the saddle looked beautiful and well made. However, it did not fit the horse despite custom wither tracing and was so uncomfortable, it is hard to say if it was just a bad fit for the horse vs. poor construction.
Summary: It was very nice dealing with the company and the representatives were wonderful and helpful from beginning to the end. If you want a synthetic saddle, they definitely make very good looking saddles, though I personally would recommend a stock saddle vs. their endurance model. The saddle fit was completely off despite wither tracing and the saddle was not comfortable for riding. I ended up buying a used James saddlery saddle imported from Australia, and it was much better choice.
Author: Aussie trail rider
Usefulness Rating: 3.33333 out of 5.
3 reader(s) voted.
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