Unfortunately the falling dollar is impacting the price of saddles.
You will find that our saddles are priced at the manufacturers recommended retail price in their country of origin plus freight and customs/duties and GST payable. You also get the added safeguard of being able to trial the saddle for 7 days (conditions apply, please see “Purchasing a Saddle“) – meaning you don’t have the heartache of an import not suiting and being stuck trying to sell on – often at a loss.
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 Customised 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!
Please note that we have had to change our saddle trial policy.
We are happy to courier out demo saddles for you to try for 7 days (generally around $50 but we will quote first).
You need to provide a daytime address (like work) for courier as we prefer not to have saddles left on doorsteps.
Visa or Mastercard must be given for freight.
This will also be held as security (but not charged) until a decision is made about the saddle.
The website has been updated to include photos of photos to take (and what not to).
Also, the saddle fitting price has been simplified.
Locally (within 20km of Yarrawonga) – cost is $50. We have access to a nice all weather arena (costs additional $20)
20 – 100km is $60 ($50 + $10)
100 – 300km is $75 ($50 + $25)
More than 300km contact me.
Note: travelling fee is only charged once per property so if there are 2 horses on same property and you are 250km away then charge would be $125 ($75 + $50)
Frank Baines Saddles have advised a price increase for all saddles ordered after 1st April 2015. This is large and, unfortunately, our prices will increase to reflect this.
But we still strive to offer a saddle that costs less than you direct importing the saddle yourself and by buying through us you do not have to pay all those costs such as Freight, Customs Duties and GST as well as those ‘hidden’ costs ranging from Customs Clearance fees imposed by your freight company and charged extra, to the 3% currency conversion fee for using your credit card and (if you are lucky) and extra 1.5% fee charged by your bank for the privilege of using your credit card.
Also – we offer the 7 day trial! See our other pages for details or contact us for more information.
Many of you have heard me waffle on about the evils of adjustable trees so will be surprised to see that I’m now stocking them.
The truth is I still firmly believe that a saddle can not go from Narrow to X-Wide without compromising fit and horse comfort. The panel shape on a narrow saddle is not likely to do anything good on an X-Wide fit.
So – why are adjustable saddles on my price list?
The simple answer is that these saddles are made to adjust a total of 3 sizes. The panel is set up for this. The saddle panel is designed to accommodate from MW to XW. The saddle is constructed around this limited sizing.
Most spring wooden trees can be adjusted one size either way before the tree starts being compromised. We don’t recommend any further adjustment beyond this (and have sadly seen some top brand saddles that have been compromised by being stretched too much).
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.
Andrea Hicks (Native Pony Saddles) also has upswept panels to cater to the short back and ofter slightly croup high horse/pony