Downunder Horsemanship Saddle by Martin Saddlery
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: 4.16667 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.
Other Reviews You May Find Interesting
Billy Cook 1779 Trail Saddles
Down Under Saddle Supply The Legend Australian Saddle Trail Saddles
Crest Ridge Saddlery Sinclair Lite Plantation Trail Saddle Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Butterfly light rider wide tree Trail Saddles
High Horse by Circle Y Eldorado Trail Saddles
Brenda Imus 4 Beat Trail Saddles
Circle Y Just B Natural Treeless Saddle Trail Saddles
Circle P Leather All-Around Saddle Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles 1 Butterfly/1 Endurance Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles English Plantation Trail Saddles
Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles Cascade Wade with gear Trail Saddles
Big Horn Cordura Trail Saddles
Freedom Saddle/Casa Dosa Freedom West Saddle Trail Saddles
James Saddlery Champion Cox Poley Australian Stock Saddle Trail Saddles
Imus 4 Beat Endurance with Fenders Trail Saddles
Fabtron 7152-F (B-Full QH Bars) Trail Saddles
Dixieland Endurance round skirt w/ horn flex tree Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Light Rider Saddle Trail Saddles
JT international/ king series saddles old timer....but all apply Trail Saddles
Down Under Saddle Supply Kimberley Synthetic Stock SAD 280 Trail Saddles