Kimberley Synthetic Australian Saddle w/Horn

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Down Under Kimberley Synthetic Endurance Saddle with Horn 
Beauty meets function… meets value! The intelligently designed Kimberley Synthetic Endurance Saddle from Down Under will impress even the skeptics. The suspended seat and smooth poleys on an Australian saddle offer superior comfort and a balanced secure ride. Plenty of dee rings and adjustment points make for a great trail or working saddle. Crafted of the highest quality synthetic leathers for easy maintenance and durability with long-lasting equi-suede on the seat and poleys that won’t lose its nap or grip.  The heart of this light weight endurance styled saddle is the same sturdy wood and steel tree that is in the rest of the Kimberley models. The saddle is made of a woven synthetic material, with synthetic suede seat, poleys, and wear patches for extra grip. Nubuck trim on the back of the cantle. Saddle comes with billets so no overgirth is required. 
  • Weather resistant and easy to maintain
  • Suspended seating system provides a hammock-like “give” and supreme rider comfort
  • Natural seating position 
  • Close contact for great communication and control
  • Closed cell foam panels with wool covering
  • Sturdy wood and steel tree
  • Nubuck trim on cantle back
  • Contrast stitching
  • Light-weight polymer stirrups with rubber grip tread
  • Shock-absorbing dressage-style 22" neoprene girth
  • Double billets
  • Easy-to-turn nylon leathers included 
  • Use with Australian or endurance shaped pad
  • Saddle works best on horses with low to medium withers
Item Specifications:
16-19" Seat Medium Chamber Width (fits like Semi-Quarter Horse Bars)
16-19" Seat Wide Chamber Width (fits like Full Quarter Horse Bars)
Synthetic Leather
Please note attached sizing chart is just a guide chart and not a rule.  For best fit, use pant size chart.
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Product Reviews by Customers

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 14 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome! Although the saddle took longer to arrive than I expected it too, it was I must admit worth the wait. I was really surprised when I opened the box. The saddle is beautiful! I love it! Impressed with the quality. I have a Paso Fino and he is wide,and I am petite, so I bought a 16W and it fits him perfectly! The saddle is very comfortable and I feel nice and snug in the seat. Couldn't be happier! Looking forward to many happy trails! ? April 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best saddle I ever bought! The last saddle I bought was a Wintec english and I thought I'd died and went to heaven, it was so comfortable, but with this saddle both me and my MFT have died and gone to heaven. My horse is so comfortable with this saddle that she moves really nice and I feel so secure in it. Now I can enjoy my trail rides with out having sore knees and lower back. The price is great even though it was on back order for about a month but well worth the wait. When it came in I had a professional english saddle fitter come and see how it fit my horse and even he was suprised at the quality and fit. BEST SADDLE I EVER BOUGHT!!! When this one wears out I'm getting another one!!!!! April 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good choice for the price I've had this saddle about 2 years now and it has held up well. A little place under the flap came loose but I screwed it back down. I have it in brown, it is dark and light, brass fittings, nylon 'leathers'. I like two things about this saddle. First, it's an aussie saddle with NO overgirth! This means you won't be sitting on a strap. You can use a regular 2 buckle english saddle girth, no need to buy special overgirth girth with the extra end pieces. It came with a 22", I would suggest 28" is a better fit for most horses. I used it on my Morgan and she didn't like it, tried to buck me off, but on my TWH mare it it quite nice. It has reasonably wide bars so I have to pad it up a bit since she has high thin withers, but just a nice thick pad, no need for a lot of fiddling. really can't say anything negative, but I might want to find one that will hold up for some more vigorous riding in the future. October 24, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by slips a lot I put off buying this saddle for months, then it went on sale so I ordered the brown with horn. I love love love the saddle, it's comfortable, beautiful (switched out the stirrups). However, I have tried a number of different pads/blankets, but I still get a lot of slipping - saddle slips and pads seem to slip right out from under it. I love the saddle so much that I am not going to give up until I find a pad that doesn't slip. August 28, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice Saddle, looks great I like this saddle, and I have ridden in it twice. It offers security, if your horse is green or spooks a lot. If your stirrup strap length is long enough you won't have any rubbing where the straps attach. It is not meant to sit in like a chair, no saddle is. Girth is not long enough, so you will need to replace it with a size 30" if your horse is medium size. With the girth that arrives there is too much strap against the horse, and not enough girth. I would buy again for any horse that might act up, just to get good seat security. Get the wide or your saddle will be too narrow for most. I am using mine on a Foxtrotter and a Tennessee walker. August 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Can't go wrong with this saddle After going back & forth finally decided to give the saddle a try & I am so glad I did. Ordered this model & spoke to customer service for help and they were the best. Beautiful little saddle, well made with nice materials. A pleasure to saddle up, light weight and fits my gaited horse to a T. Very secure so I feel more confident on my horses back. Too bad the site won't let you upload photos, my horse looks great in this saddle. Order this one, you won't be disappointed. July 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LOVELY SADDLE- Just buy it! It's everything it says it is, and way more! I bought a 16W for my 15.1/1100 round half arab/QH. The 22" girth fits fine. IT Fit's my hard to fit mare, is as comfortable as my old Crosby show saddle, you cannot be unseated in it- lol- even with a half Arab. The included girth was black, not brown, and had elastic on one end/roller buckles. A VERY NICE high quality, easy to use, very easy to cinch up neoprene girth. I quickly forgave it for not matching my saddle. April 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Value / Excellent Comfort Purchased this saddle a couple of months ago. Very comfortable for rider and horse. Thought the cinch that came with it was to small ( 22" )but it has held up so far. I highly recommend this saddle for its comfort and price. October 25, 2011
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Joanne H on Oct 5, 2015
Good reviews and super price
Kim T on May 27, 2015
John G on Jun 28, 2015
Reviews. Hoping this saddle works out.
Dreamsbig on May 10, 2015
I've never sat in an aussie saddle & Im not sure of what size to get. Can I exchange for size if its not right ? I am 5'5" and 135 lbs. I ride currently in a wintec dressage size 17. I also have ridden in a western 16. Looked at the size chart at 'down under saddlery' and I'm not sure if I'm 16 or 17. other reviews say they run small.
A shopper on Oct 15, 2014
Best Answer: They do run small. I'm 5'2" and weight 120 and I got a size 18. I like to sit back in the saddle because my horse is gaited and my English saddle is a cutback and I tend to sit back somewhat. This size works good for me. I would suggest either a 17 or 18 but probably an 18. Hope this was helpful. It took me awhile to get used to the saddle but it is comfortable and I'm using it almost exclusively when I ride now.
Reply · Report · Barbara W on Oct 15, 2014
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looking for a light weight saddle, is this saddle very lite weight?
Bonnie R on Mar 3, 2014
Best Answer: HI I've had several Winter saddles, They are maybe 8 lbs. So I'm

The Aussie saddle is mybe 20 lbs. Im . guessing Joan
Reply · Report · Joan K on Mar 20, 2015
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Is this saddle easily adjustable by a saddle fitter? I need a wide fit now but may need to change that in the near future.
Linda G on Jun 21, 2014
Best Answer: I don't know how "easy " it is to adjust the tree width on this saddle. I'm under the impression that there is a metal bar in the tree that is spread apart. The manufacturer's info gave me the impression that it can be spread to widen it, but cannot be made more narrow. Whether a saddle fitter can perform the spreading of the tree operation is beyond my scope of knowledge or experience. Consult a saddle fitter for that answer. The manufacturer will tell you that any warranty will be voided if someone other than the manufacturer does tha spreading. I really like this saddle a lot. One thing to note though: it runs a bit on the narrow side. The wide tree is probably equivalent to a semi QH tree. It works well for a horse with moderately prominent withers, but not extreme withers. Consult the manufacturer for more info about how they adjust the tree, then consult your saddle fitter. Hope this helps.
Reply · Report · Jody R on Jun 22, 2014
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I have a haflinger who is difficult to fit because he has no withers and is wide like a draft horse. I'm wondering if this aussie saddle in the wide size would be a good fit for him, or if I am better off finding a saddle with a flex tree?
Karen L on Jan 18, 2015
Best Answer: It is fairly wide but you if you contact the manufacturer they are located in Colorado they may be able to advise with a wither tracing. I think they can do specialized custom adjustments to width at the factory . It tends to be a little snug for the rider I would order a size up if you are in between. It comes with all the fittings. I had to return mine due to shipping/manufacturing issue and didn't get to ride in it It seemed fairly wide ,wide enough for my 1/2 trakehner/ arab but might be snug for a draft depends on how developed his shoulders are .
Reply (1) · Report · Kathleen A on Jan 18, 2015
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I own a very friendly, green appy/quarter cross mare, 5 years old. Can you tell me the difference between a wide saddle and regular? Also, am I correct that this saddle fits well on a horse less angle at her withers?
Thank you, Mary
mmclaughlin on Apr 27, 2014
Best Answer: The horse I use this saddle on is actually a 5 year old Tennessee Walking Horse mare. She is also very green. She also has very undefined and angled withers which was a little bit of an issue with this saddle and getting it to fit right and stay in place because it slides a bit. What I found was that by using two saddle pads, the saddle worked much better for the both of us. The saddle suits us well now because we aren't doing much, and because it was inexpensive, but when if I could afford it I would probably buy something much nicer or atleast something without fabric billets and fabric stirrup leathers because they stretch after the first use.
Reply · Report · Juan O on Apr 27, 2014
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Currently I have a Wintec Pro Endurance Saddle in a size 17w ... I want to buy the Kimberly Aussie Synthetic saddle. My horse is 14.3h Paint and built like a QH. Can anyone PLEASE tell me what is the right size? I already use 2 regular saddle pads. One pad is used on the bottom and then I put another one on the top so it will stay clean. I don't want to pad up a new saddle. I called Down Under and they are saying I should get a 17R. They also said that at the withers there should be between 2" to 7" clearance at the pommel. I'm really need this type of saddle and I am desperate to know what to do! PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME.
Thank you whoever you are,
Cherie T on Jun 14, 2015
Best Answer: I bought this saddle for my 16h Tennessee Walker. It fits him okay but seems a little narrow, making it hard to cinch enough to stay on but not be too tight. Now I use it for a 15.2h Fox Trotter who is narrower through the shoulders and girth area than my TWH and it is great. I also use it for my 15.2 quarter horse. Seat size works fine for me, I use a 15 or 16 western saddle. I use thin quilted dressage pads for everyday riding and sometimes add a second for hot days or longer rides. Hope this helps/ It's a really nice little saddle, by the way. I bought a second in leather. I did change out the stirrup " leathers" on both since the woven straps fray badly. I just switched to regular leathers.
Reply (1) · Report · Mary S on Jun 15, 2015
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What is synthetic about this saddle? Is it the leather or the tree or what?
Margie G on Sep 27, 2015
Best Answer: It is basically the covering of the saddle is synthetic leather/ suede. The rest of the saddle is as any other. It looks and feels like real leather. I have several synthetic saddles and love them. Easy to care for and inexpensive. This is a super comfortable, good riding and good looking saddle.
Reply · Report · andrea s on Sep 27, 2015
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Ii have a 15h quarter horse that measured medium wide to wide and I'm usually a 17 1/2 in a AP English saddle, what would suggest on size for this saddle?
A shopper on Nov 6, 2015
Best Answer: Australian seat sizes usually run about one inch smaller than their English counterparts. Here is a link with more sizing information:

For your horse's sizing, the Kimberley company advises us that the regular chamber (gullet) measures 4 inches at the top and 13 inches at the bottom and the wide measures 5 inches at the top and 14 inches at the bottom.
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How much does this saddle weigh?
A shopper on Oct 22, 2015
Best Answer: Very light, removable stirrups. I have a hard time keeping it from sliding. But... Very comfy! Is great for trails and jumpy horses. Very secure in saddle.
Reply · Report · Tammy M on Oct 26, 2015
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What's the difference between the 18 and the 18w?
I know w is wide but how does it mesure and what is the difference
Diana B on Mar 24, 2014
Best Answer: Sorry I forgot to say it was a 17R that I bought for my appaloosa. good luck!
Reply · Report · Carol B on Jun 21, 2015
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What is the best size for a quarter horse?
A shopper on Sep 28, 2015
Best Answer: 16-19" Seat Medium Chamber Width (fits like Semi-Quarter Horse Bars)
16-19" Seat Wide Chamber Width (fits like Full Quarter Horse Bars)
Reply · Report · Kathryn BStaff on Sep 28, 2015
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What size tree fits a regular build quarter horse the best .... Regular or a Wide tree?
Cherie T on Jun 15, 2015
Best Answer: Unfortunately, there is no standard answer for this.

16-19" Seat Medium Chamber Width (fits like Semi-Quarter Horse Bars)
16-19" Seat Wide Chamber Width (fits like Full Quarter Horse Bars)
Reply (2) · Report · Kathryn BStaff on Jun 16, 2015
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People have said it is lightweight. How much does the saddle actually weigh? I ride western and want a deep seat, but need a very lightweight saddle so I can saddle myself. Will this saddle work. Also, 5'6" 130lbs. 16 or 17 size?
A shopper on May 26, 2015
Best Answer: Approximately 18 lbs without fittings
Reply · Report · Kathryn BStaff on May 26, 2015
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I use a 16inch western saddle . Is this measured as a western or as an English saddle?
amybet on Feb 15, 2015
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