Short Backed Dilemma

About 20 years ago the ‘fashion’ in saddle making was moved towards large gusseted panels. This was marketed as allowing more weight distribution for horse and a good thing… But is it?
Couple it with the slightly croup high horse and you aren’t doing your horse any favours with the large panel gusseted saddle.

What happens if you have a short backed horse?

Several of my suppliers/saddle makers are turning back the clock to help with the short back dilemma.
One of our Lovatt and Ricketts demo saddles has the old style panel on it.

Arcadia with Double Calf Skin
Arcadia with Double Calf Skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHortpanel16.5Welsh
Upswept Panel 16.5″ saddle on Welsh pony

Andrea Hicks (Native Pony Saddles) also has upswept panels to cater to the short back and ofter slightly croup high horse/pony

Short Panel

Short Panel measure

Andrea Hicks Native Pony Saddles are here!

We are pleased to be bringing these saddles to our range.

Andrea has many years experience fitting the ‘non-standard’ fit especially croup high and broad.
The first of the demo saddles has just arrived!

Not only do they fit well and well made but they look sumptuous as well.
We are expecting to carry Working Hunter, Jumping and Dressage versions in the demo pool.

Frank Baines Demo Saddles are here!

We have the first of the Frank Baines demo saddles here!

Also – in combination we will announce some special pricing on Frank Baines saddles until the 31st December. Also included is the Frank Baines Hi Wither Dressage pad RRP $145.00 (with either front or rear removable shims).

Frank Baines Hi Wither Numnah
Hi Wither Numnah

*50% deposit required on ordering
*5% off is for final sales (excludes custom orders) – No returns except for manufacturing defects.  A great way to save if you know the size you are after.

Frank Baines Orders until 31st December 2014
Make Model Type Price 5% off
Frank Baines Eclipse AP $2710 $2575
Frank Baines Capriole Dressage $2730 $2594
Frank Baines Elegance Dressage $2730 $2594
Frank Baines Elegance Deluxe Dressage $2830 $2689
Frank Baines Omni Dressage $2920 $2774
Frank Baines Pirouette (Reflex) Dressage $2770 $2632
Frank Baines Pirouette (Reflex) Deluxe Dressage $2870 $2727
Frank Baines Edessa/Evolutn/Eternity Jumping $2930 $2784
Frank Baines Elan (Foam) Jumping $2710 $2575
Frank Baines Encore Jumping $2790 $2651
Frank Baines Reflex (Foam)/Elan (Wool) Jumping $2730 $2594
Frank Baines Reflex/Enigma (Wool) Jumping $2750 $2613

Issue with email – hopefully sorted now

Hi

Sorry – my *Smart* phone is marking messages as read before they are (and then filing them away).
I’m working through emails now to try and locate those victims of my phone.
If you email and don’t hear back within 24 hours please resend email.

Hopefully sorted now!

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Saddle Price List – 13 November 2014

Saddle Price List as at 13 November 2014.
Prices subject to change according to exchange rate – Contact us for firm quote.
Price not confirmed until 50% deposit is paid.
Prices include GST at 10%.
Price includes courier to Australian mainland address.
5% off for final sales (excludes custom orders)
This is a great way to save if you know exactly what size you need.
Final sales and Custom orders are subject to no returns except for manufacturing defects – though please contact us as we maybe able to offer a solution.
For any saddles not listed please contact us!

Frank Baines special pricing valid of all orders placed prior to 31st December 2014.

Saddle Price List
Make Model Type Seat Size Price 5% off
Frank Baines Eclipse AP $2710 $2575
Frank Baines Capriole Dressage $2730 $2594
Frank Baines Elegance Dressage $2730 $2594
Frank Baines Elegance Deluxe Dressage $2830 $2689
Frank Baines Omni Dressage $2920 $2774
Frank Baines Pirouette (Reflex) Dressage $2770 $2632
Frank Baines Pirouette (Reflex) Deluxe Dressage $2870 $2727
Frank Baines Edessa/Evolutn/Eternity Jumping $2930 $2784
Frank Baines Elan (Foam) Jumping $2710 $2575
Frank Baines Encore Jumping $2790 $2651
Frank Baines Reflex (Foam)/Elan (Wool) Jumping $2730 $2594
Frank Baines Reflex/Enigma (Wool) Jumping $2750 $2613
Andrea Hicks Phoenix GP/Jump AP 16.5 – 17.5 $2580 $2451
Andrea Hicks Rowan AP 14 – 16 $2115 $2009
Andrea Hicks Sienna AP 14 – 16 $2100 $1995
Andrea Hicks Heathland Dressage 16.5 – 18 $2690 $2556
Andrea Hicks Heathland Dressage 15 – 16 $2415 $2294
Andrea Hicks Phoenix/Classic Dressage 16.5 – 17.5 $2710 $2575
Arabian Saddle Company Ellipse Dressage $2855 $2712
Lovatt & Ricketts Berkeley Dressage $2855 $2712
Lovatt & Ricketts Berkeley Monoflap Dressage $3975 $3776
Lovatt & Ricketts Concord Dressage $2855 $2712
Lovatt & Ricketts Eve Dressage $2855 $2712
POSH Arcadia Dressage $2655 $2522
POSH Arcadia (Double skin flap) Dressage $2725 $2589
Ryder Legacy Dressage $3190 $3031
Arabian Saddle Company Solstice Endurance $2725 $2589
Lovatt & Ricketts Rubicon Endurance $2855 $2712
Andrea Hicks Phoenix Elite GP 16.5 – 17.5 $2525 $2399
Andrea Hicks Harrier Jump Jump 16.5 – 18 $2580 $2451
Andrea Hicks Harrier Jump Jump 15 – 16 $2155 $2047
Andrea Hicks Phoenix Symphony Show 16.5 – 17.5 $2325 $2209
Andrea Hicks Show Pony Show $2155 $2047
Andrea Hicks Phoenix Symphony Show 14 – 16 $2100 $1995
Andrea Hicks Dale WH $2325 $2209
Andrea Hicks Phoenix Luxe WH 16.5 – 17.5 $2525 $2399
Andrea Hicks Sienna AP 16.5 $1880 $1786
Andrea Hicks Traditional WH WH 16.5 – 18 $2425 $2304
Lovatt & Ricketts Eton WH $2660 $2527
Native Pony All WH/Show 14-16" $2165 $2057
Native Pony All WH/SHow 16.5"-18" $2435 $2313

Saddle Fittings Melbourne

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Try out our online booking system
Dates:
SE Melbourne
2nd Tuesday of the month
October 14th
November 11th
December 9th

Western Suburbs – Werribee/Geelong/Ballarat
4th Tuesday of the month
September 30th (1 space left)
October 28th
November 25th
December 23rd

If you are North of Melbourne I maybe able to fit you in at the end of the day.

Use our online booking system.

Otherwise please fill out the saddle enquiry form.

What is a Hoop, U or Freedom tree?

Here is a photo that shows the difference in trees.  Both saddles measure the same distance at the end of the tree points but as you can see the shape of the pommel is very different.U vs V shaped tree

 

Different brands call their saddle trees different things.  A majority of saddles are made on a V shaped tree.  Fortunately there are more and more saddle makers building on a Hoop, U or Freedom tree.

Frank Baines adds Patent Leather Options

We are now offering a new Patent colour option and matching welting to our range.

There will be a choice of :
Black Patent shown in the photo in the back facing and also the seat and cantle welt
Or
Blue Patent shown in the photo in the back facing and also the seat and cantle welt

Any combination allowed! and best of all – no extra charge!

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New Saddle

Working with the wealth of knowledge from Lovatt and Ricketts we have customised saddles specifically for the Australian market. The first wide wide saddle has arrived and is waiting to go out to be tested.