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Saddle Testimonials 2016-11-24T16:37:38+00:00
It’s as good now after 15 years of riding as the day it arrived.
Shelly McRae, NSW, Station Special Saddle

We love our Kent Saddles. I was lucky enough to be given the privilege of riding in a brand new Station Special in the stockcamp at Birrindudu 1999. It fitted every horse I was given for the season, no sore backs or bum (except when i came out of it). By the end if the year I couldn’t face getting back into my old saddle so ordered one for myself and used it for the next season. It didn’t need any breaking in, handles no maintenance, fits every horse, ok after a night spent in the bush on a lost horse. The original rough out is now shiny but not slippery.

It’s as good now after 15 years of riding as the day it arrived – its number is 296 99. (Back then Kent Saddlery had the number then year at end.) My husbands saddle (front one) is even older bought out of the truck in 96 at Bunda station – pre numbering. We don’t do as much riding now we are settled in NSW, as we use to on the stations but can’t see us ever needing another saddle.

I am thrilled with my new saddle… the craftsmanship is wonderful… I thank you all very much for your help and service.
Heather Dalgleish, Equaliser Saddle

Dear Ben and Everyone at Kent Saddlery,

I am thrilled with my new saddle the craftsmanship is wonderful and it fits ‘Patch’ heaps better than the last one no more rubbing and no more pig roots from ‘Patch’ he is travelling along a lot happier with your saddle looking forward to doing some miles on him now. I thankyou all very much for your help and service I am excited to have a brand new saddle that I am comfortable with riding ‘Patch’.

Kind regards

Heather Dalgleish
August 2015

I have covered well over 1000km in my Kent saddle and never get saddle sore. Fantastic purchase, worth every cent and still looks brand new.
Trudi Reid, Equaliser Saddle

As an Emergency Nurse who didn’t learn to ride until 18, I love nothing better than escaping for hours on my days off for a trail ride. My wonderful grey mare is feisty, excitable and runs like the wind. I’ve had several horses but none whom I’ve shared such a special friendship. We hoon through the countryside at whatever speed takes our fancy, without a care in the world. Currently we are in training to enter several endurance rides over the coming months. A friend introduced me to the endurance discipline last year and the speed and variable distances suit my horse and I perfectly. I was delighted that other endurance riders also ride too far and too fast which is a frequent complaint from my friends.

Having tested my friends ‘Kent’ saddle I was hooked and knew it was the perfect one to carry me safely and comfortably out on the trails. I have covered well over 1000km in my Kent saddle and never get saddle sore. Fantastic purchase, worth every cent and still looks brand new.

Cheers
Trudi Reid, Victoria.
April 2015.

Caption: Riding on the Mornington Peninsula to my favourite coffee spot at Red Hill.

Right then and there I decided to sell my recently bought custom made fender, save a bit extra money, and buy a Kent! I was converted!
Tara Cutler, SA, Equaliser Saddle

A big “Thanks” to Daniel and Ben Kent for making my awesome Kent fender, a custom made, “Equalizer Southern Drafter Slimline Saddle”, with Cable Rigging, with matching Y shaped breast plate. It’s amazing to ride in, and I’ve never been happier! I just love it! And a big “thank you” for the rest of the team at Kent Saddlery for doing an amazing job all round!

I didn’t think I was ever going to be able to ride my mare in a swinging fender, as she is hard to fit, which I soon discovered after I bought a pretty decent second hand swinging fender, that fit a young QH gelding I had, and I loved riding him in it…. I loved the freedom of movement of the fenders, rather than having limited movement, like you have in a western, which I was used to riding in.
But when I put the swinging fender on my mare, well, it was a different story! It was like she was having a bucking fit whenever I went to canter! It just didn’t fit her right, and I felt like a beginner, as no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t sit in the saddle, and was bouncing everywhere, even though I’ve been riding my whole life!

So I sold that saddle and ordered a custom made saddle with another saddle maker, with a wider tree, thinking that would solve the problem… Well I waited patiently for 11 weeks for my new saddle, and what do you know??? It didn’t fit her either! I was devastated! This one was even worse! I only had 3 rides in it, but no, it was no better, and so I gave up, and had decided that I sadly just wouldn’t be able to ride my mare in a fender…

Anyway, a few weeks later I went to a Horsemanship Clinic with Shane Cooper, who rides in a Kent fender. He could see the trouble I was having with my western saddle, in that I couldn’t put my legs forward enough, due to the limited movement, and so he urged me to try his spare Kent saddle on my mare in the lunch break…

Well in short, he couldn’t get me out of it, and I rode in it for the rest of the afternoon! It was amazing, I was in love!! I had finally found a swinging fender I could ride my mare in, and it felt like we were one together at the canter! Right then and there I decided to sell my recently bought custom made fender, save a bit extra money, and buy a Kent! I was converted! And as they say, the rest is history! I haven’t looked back since!

I also have a young QH gelding who is going down to be broken in the next few weeks, and I love that this saddle will also fit him, as Kent’s say, “have the saddle made to fit your widest horse”, and being that he has no wither, and is going to be extremely solid, I had this saddle made so it will also fit him! Thank you once again Lyle, Helen, Daniel, Ben, Janelle, and everyone else at Kent Saddlery, for making me a VERY HAPPY CUSTOMER!!  🙂

Cheers and many thanks,
Tara Cutler
Port Lincoln, SA
2015.