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 Much to my surprise! I have a 5 yr old in training. I fractured one of my fingers and the on and off of the western tack became to much. My Husband found this saddle and ordered it for me. I didn't expect much but when it arrived and I took it out of the box, all I could say was "Wow, I am impressed!" Great, great value for the price and very light weight and I can handle tacking him up by myself! My only complaint is the nylon straps did pinch my leg alot! I will take Andrea's suggestion on changing out the nylon leathers to real leather. Other than that I love the look, price and comfort it provides. I have never ridden in anything other than a bareback pad or western saddle. Thanks Kimberly :-) July 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome saddle Much nicer than expected !! Light and comfy. Would highly recommend. July 6, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it!! I got this for my hard to fit donkey, I actually bought it straight from the manufacter & sent in a with tracing for my donk. It fits her great! It has to be the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden in! very secure, fits me great. the serge panels are closed cell foam, so it has extra 'built' in padding for your animal. Love all the places to hook stuff! I've already made a matching breeching and it attached beautifully to this saddle! Light weight,easy care, looks way better in person!! ( btw, I got black) October 26, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great buy! My daughter bought this saddle 2 yrs. ago - compact like a hunt saddle and light too, but the material grips you wonderfully - the high back and the polies keep you tight in your seat. secure on the horse - never slipped in any direction and easy to cinch up. And minimum care! I have leather austrailian endurance saddles and treeless saddles and I think the close contact and gripping of the seat material - lightness is better in this little favorite of all the saddles we own. September 22, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good for the price Good value for the price. Very light. I love the ease in cinching with the elastic girth but it definitely needs a breast plate if your going to ride up hill. I replaced the nylon leathers with real leather ones, I found the nylon pinched my leg quite a lot. The dee rings screws on the front for the breast plate came loose so I had to glue them. This is the worst feature on this saddle. June 10, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice saddle for the price I have the brown saddle; it is a dark brown, not peanut colored, more like a brazil nut. Very comfortable and strong brass fittings screwed in, lightweight, gold top stitching. Won't last 100 years but will do the job well enough. Try it, you'll like it! June 10, 2010
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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.
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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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