Manufacturer: Australian Stockrider Stock Saddle (View all products by Australian Stock Saddle Company)
Model: Draft Stockrider (View all Draft Stockrider reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: Purchased the saddle online at Frontier Equestrian Inc, 14416 Sumac Rd, Jasper, Mo 64755 4171-394-2298. Saddle price $397.00 I read an article in the spring 2007 issue of Draft Horse Journal about the owner of FEI, Brad Stock, having draft horse saddles made with a 10" gullet, instead of the standard 8" gullet found on most draft horse saddles. Brad and his wife Lynda, also developed the draft horse dressage saddle, selling about 80-100/yr. I called the owner immediately. Brad answered all my questions about the different styles and design of saddles that I viewed online and made his recommendation.
Likes: I was surprised to see that the leather was of good quality and not the cheat stuff from the middle east. The fit on my draft horse back is good. I also bought the neoprene pad $45.00, that Brad recommended. The saddle sticks like glue to his back now. I also bought the adjustable girth $35.00, which Brad recommended. I like the elastic thats attached to the buckle and girth, which allows the chest of my horse to expand without difficulty and breath easy. The seat is comfortable and easy on my bad back.
Dislikes: The one thing I didn't like about the Australian Saddles, was the strap that goes across the seat. I just figured it would be uncomfortable. However, Brad was right again. You don't even feel it when riding. I can't really think of anything I don't like about the saddle. Of course, I've only had it about a week. The one piece of equipment that I do plan on adding is a crupper strap. Oh, and the stirrups could be wider. Work boots are hard to get in the stirrups. Guess I'll have to wear cowboy boots........
Quality: The craftsmanship and quality of leather is well above the average saddle. For the price of $397.00, you can't beat it!
Summary: I think it's a saddle well worth the price. The delivery was fast. Customer service was great. Check it out at www.frontierequestrian.com I'm thinking of buying another saddle in brown this time.
Author: Dennis Major
Usefulness Rating: 2.86667 out of 5.
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