Manufacturer: Clinton Anderson
Model: Downunder Horsemanship Saddle by Martin Saddlery
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: Just before Christmas 2006, I purchased a Clinton Anderson Downunder Horsemanship saddle made by Martin Saddlery directly from Clinton Anderson. There was a special discount plus a Christmas special and the final price was about $1600.00 Canadian which included exchange, freight (with other items), duty and taxes. The service was second to none and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The saddle I purchased was the one with the horn.
Likes: This saddle fits a wide range of horses with varying body styles. No leg or ankle fatigue because this saddle has pre-turned fenders. The swept-back design of the pommel keeps you securely in the pocket and the flat-style seat gives the most comfortable ride I have ever had in a saddle. It has a very close contact feel and is made so that my shorter-backed horses are not restricted at the hip. The tree allows for free movement of both the shoulders and hips. It is lightweight coming in at about 30 lbs and is easy to handle.
Dislikes: There isn't anything to dislike in terms of quality and fit for the dollar. The style isn't necessarily what true western riders are used to but it blends in to the western look. Once you try it you won't care that it is pseudo-western in looks!
Quality: This saddle is constructed of Hermann Oak leather, the finest on the market. The leather is very soft and supple. There is attention to detail and it has a beautiful dark chestnut finish, a gorgeous velvety suede seat and great fittings including kangaroo conchos. It has the innovative Martin Saddlery tree that fits as advertised and allows for free movement of your horse. It has a drop rigging and rear flank cinch.
Summary: I have used this saddle for training, trail riding and reining and it is truly the most comfortable, most versatile saddle that I have ever owned. I have never had a saddle that fits my horses better and keeps them sound and happy. Everybody needs one or more of these in their tack room! I would not be afraid to set this saddle alongside more expensive brands and it would compare admirably for excellence of horse and rider comfort.
Usefulness Rating: 3.75 out of 5.
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