When I started my mare (under instruction) and got on her for the very first time my trainer said I had a ‘grin like a split watermelon’ which always amused me… I suspect that grin returned this morning as I got on my new Kuda Saddle! I LOVE it! It doesn’t feel new, it feels like I have always had it, and the leather is so soft, even adjusting the fenders wasn’t a battle like I am used to!
I am so happy! Thank you so much! We did arena work today and will trail ride tomorrow… my gorgeous boy liked it too! Although, now his working life will actually pick up as he has a proper saddle that we both like!
Thank you so much, thrilled to bits!
I have just received my Kuda Rancher Flex saddle from HEST and it is everything I hoped it would be. Dianne was super helpful, knowledgeable and patient through the saddle and tree selection process. Being able to try the saddles is wonderful though the one I finally chose was on Dianne's recommendation alone-I trusted her that much! The return policy gave me peace of mind but no need to use it as she nailed the selection. Buying a western saddle was a new challenge for me but Kuda's gaited horse tree is perfect for my horse. Thanks Dianne for the customer service, thanks Kuda for the fabulous product!
This is a fantastic saddle to look at and great to sit in. Secure, but not restrictive. Feels very 'correct' with your legs in the right place and helps to have you sitting straight and balanced. All that and a perfect fit in my short backed Arab mare.
Di is very knowledgeable and definitely not a hard selling type, she wants to help find the best possible fit for horse and rider. I can honestly say, from the first time I put the saddle on, my horse thanked me! He moved better, was more forward and in subsequent days he ceased shifting about and trying to walk off when I went to put the saddle on so he is definitely happier in this saddle!! He now stands rock still while I saddle up and snoozes, LOL.
I absolutely love my Kuda Rancher Flex Saddle, it is so comfortable and I feel very secure. Naturally correct fit is paramount as they are of no use if the horse isn’t comfortable but I really felt that Di was absolutely honest and if she didn't think it would be the right fit, she would say so.
These saddles are a thing of beauty, the quality of the leather is really the best I have ever seen in saddles.
I have a just received my made to order Kuda Rancher Saddle. Dianne's experience, advice and support made the whole process easy and I got exactly what I wanted. The saddle fits all my riding horses ( I used the measuring shells and took advantage of an available demo saddle) and is the most comfortable and secure saddle I have ever ridden in. I cannot recommend Kuda Saddles and Dianne too highly.
If I wasn’t already in love with my Kuda Enduro Saddle, I would be today after my gelding did a huge shy and shot sideways with no warning. It kept me on board! I am telling everyone I know how great the saddles are!
Kuda saddles came highly recommended to me from both personal friends and a saddle fitter as a flexible saddle that was kind to horses backs. New to the 'Western' style of riding I needed a fair bit of help to figure out what was going to be right for myself and my young warmblood horse. We are into dressage and working equitation and do a fair bit of trail riding as well so I wanted a nice looking, comfy saddle that would last for years and complement my dressage saddle as well as be useful for trail riding and the cattle aspect of working equitation.
Dianne was very helpful and responsive to all my emails and texts. She helped me find a saddle that would fit both myself and my horse and the 10 day money back return guarantee helped me with peace of mind as to fitting the saddle correctly after a horror experience fitting a dressage saddle that left me $500 out of pocket, hours of my time lost and still without a usable saddle.
I settled on an All Round Flex Saddle and what a well made, good looking saddle it is. The attention to detail and quality shines through and I know I will have a saddle that will last me the next 20 years. The saddle itself looks great, the colours and leather are beautiful and I get lots of comments on it. Best of all it sits me in the correct position and is very comfortable. It was a bit daunting in a western style saddle for the first time coming from years of dressage but the saddle is very secure and well made and I feel great in it.
Dianne was incredibly patient with my fitting concerns and talked me through various options and how to best fit the saddle to a young, growing horse that will change shape quite a bit over the next few years. She was instantly responsive every time which surprised me, in the past saddle fitters/makers etc tend to leave you hanging for hours if not days at a time.
Dianne had a solution for everything and I felt I was getting a fair price and value for money every step of the way.
I couldn't be happier with the service or the product. It's worth every cent.
Thanks Di! You rock!
THE most knowledgeable, easy going person to deal with, not to mention patient (working out colours, etc), Dianne is half the reason I have come back to order another saddle from her. The Kuda Elite Flex that I bought originally is everything she said it would be. My horse (high withered TB) loves it and stretches out into some beautiful strides. I have received many comments when they see us at clinics and club meets, ranging from "How did you get a Western Saddle that fits at TB?" to "Wow I love your saddle, where did you get it/what brand is it?" I just wish these people could see the difference in his mood and performance from being ridden in the 2 year old stock saddle to moving with some lovely, controlled energy in his Kuda (yes it is HIS saddle :) ) As an added extra, super comfy for me too! I saved a few dollars and bought an ex demo from Dianne, excellent condition, only difference being that it had already been oiled and conditioned for me.
I've owned and ridden in quite a few saddles but this is the first time I've bought a custom made saddle and I want to say it is worth it. I had become too anxious to canter and had given up trying. But on my second ride in my new Kuda I had my first canter in about 5 years ! Milo and I both enjoyed it and I am a lot more confident that I will stay on if something unexpected happens. Hooray for buck rolls !
Dianne is lovely to deal with and is always quick to return calls or find out information. I've now ordered 2 more saddles for my children.
My horse and I both love our Kuda Aussie Flex saddle. It fits my short, broad backed Quarab perfectly and is very comfy. The saddle is finished to a high standard, even my hubby commented on its looks and he is not horsey. Di was very helpful in helping me choose what I needed in my saddle, there are heaps of options. One of my friends has already ordered a girth and saddle blanket based on what she has seen and I will certainly be ordering more gear. I have completed two 40 km training rides in my Kuda saddle with no problems at all.
GREAT customer service! Di was patient, knowledgeable and gave me confidence to buy such an important item before being able to try it first hand. After many emails and phone calls I was ready to purchase my beautiful saddle fully fitted with girth and saddle pad. The quality of my Aussie Flex saddle is just awesome and it was the perfect answer to my dilemma of a having new horse that nothing else would fit. I will be spreading the name KUDA here in Western Australia.
Just letting you know my saddle arrived at Tambar Springs today, and I couldn't wait to go for a ride. I think it is fairly safe to say that after only one ride I will NOT be requiring a refund.
The horse I bought the saddle for, Cash, a VERY wide 5 year old quarter horse, is usually so cranky when we go for a ride, and I know that is because the saddle I rode him in was too narrow across his shoulders making him sore and uncomfortable. Normally when I ask for a canter he does so begrudgingly and with his ears back flat against his neck the whole time and a hump or two in protest. As a result and out of concern for him because he is my baby, he has had very little work, and nothing too complex because he was always sore across the shoulders and got around with a hollowed out back and high head - not a pretty look for a quarter horse.
Today - after I figured out how to do the latigo girth up (having never used one before) and having Cash try to get away from the saddle as he does with my old saddle - we walked around for about ten minutes, his head got lower and lower and he started licking his lips. Taking this as a good sign I asked for a trot and canter. At first Cash was reluctant but after a few strides he softened up so unbelievably well and every canter after that was hump free and an absolute rocking horse dream. If it hadn't started raining after an hour, I would still be riding. When I took the saddle off there were no sore or dry areas from uneven pressure on his back.
I cannot thank you enough for answering all my questions and helping me decide which Kuda saddle was right for me. The Elite Flex is perfect and feels like I have been riding in it for years. I will recommend you to everyone I know - whether they ask or not. I have tried to enter this testimonial onto your website, but couldn't work out how so please know that I am absolutely thrilled with my new saddle and will look to you again next time when I buy my dressage saddle.
Cash's days of lolling around the paddock getting fat on air are over, he and I have so much to catch up on and many an adventure to be had.
Best shopping experience ever. Nothing was to much for Dianne! The saddles are awesome! My Kuda changed my world!
An absolute pleasure to deal with! The saddle I ordered was customised to my specifications and is outstanding quality. I have never owned such a beautiful saddle before. Di was a pleasure to deal with. She answered my many questions thoroughly and with pleasure.
A great service full of knowledge patience excellent top quality products all delivered with a smile. Would shop here again and again.