Here are just a few of the many positive comments we have received from our customers over the years.
I hope that you are fine. Sorry for the time to send an email after my return to
France. I just wanted to say to you a huge THANK YOU for the pack saddle lent for my
travel in Argentina Patagonia this winter / spring. I left the 3rd of December from
el Chalten and I finish early april at Bariloche, with my three horses Pingocho,
Mosquito and chiquito. The travel was great, and the welcoming impressive.
It was so much easier to use a great pack saddle.. for everything, carrying, for the
horse, for I to arrange everything and weight, to cross river and pass everywhere.
The pack is really good and so many times people wanted to buy it. All those who do
a bit of tourism close to bnariloche or El calafate are looking for saddle pack like
this one wich do not exist there.. if you’d like to develop your market there?
Otherwise the only small things that I would adapat would be if it’s possible :
- The weight of the crates/ boxes and structure
- And as they sometimes do on boats, provide the boxes with adapted
flexible Tupperware that perfectly fix to the box to help people arrange and win
time when we look for something in the box (for example 4 to 6 per box to organize –
medicines, foods etc). Because this was so much time to look in the boxes!
- Provide the pack saddle with an adapted girth that can go all around the
I think that’s all regarding my recommendation. This is very little as the pack was
very easy to use and practice.
Thank you so much again.
I’ll put very soon a note on my website, 123kaballu.
Do not hesitate if you have any questions
I thought I should send you an email today to bring you up to date regarding what can only be called the phenomenal success of your adjustable pack saddle as it pertains to the wide world of equestrian exploration.
To the best of our knowledge the following Long Riders have used, or are currently using, your adjustable pack saddle in a variety of countries and climates.
François Varigas (France) used the pack saddle to cross the American South West and said - "When we reached Cody (WY), I couldn't believe how good the horses looked."
Kelly, it now seems apparent that your adjustable pack saddle has become the one piece of equipment all equestrian explorers and long distance travelers should have - regardless of which country or climate they are planning to ride through!
Long Riders Guild
Gene Glasscock (USA) - Currently riding 20,000 miles to all 48 state capitals in the USA called to say - "I don't know how the adjustable pack-saddle from Custom Pack Rigging could be improved!"
Esther & Horst Stein (Austria) - Currently riding from South Africa to Kenya emailed to report - "The adjustable pack saddle is ideal."
Pam Brookman (Australia) - Currently riding through the Flanders Range in Australia emailed to report - "The Canadian pack saddle is fantastic!"
Saskia Machaczek (Germany) used the adjustable pack saddle on her trip in South America and shared these thoughts - "I used the Custom Pack Rigging adjustable pack-saddle on my trip in Argentina, and was very pleased with it."
Tim Cope's Journey, "In terms of the pack-saddle, fantastic! Something you may not know is that it can be adjusted to fit a Bactrian camel or a Yak with ease!!! I used it for 8 days on a camel through the Kharkirraa mountains in Mongolia and the herders were very impressed. Even the cinch and latigos were long enough to fit no problem. I feel that this discovery gives me more freedom now - I can rest a pack horse by using a camel or yak when necessary." Watch for Tim's book when he returns from his journey.
Hi Kelly, Thank you for the hobbles. They work great! They don't freeze up, they're easy to pack, visible, and take a long time to sore a young horse. They are the best I've ever used to hobble train colts. Dan Leonard.
Hi Kelly, Its Tim Cope here, the young Australian currently travelling from Mongolia to Hungary by horse. A quick email from Kazakhstan where I have been for almost a year now on the horses. Have ridden through everything from 40 degrees to plus 50 degrees Celsius. Have used your two saddles on both camels and horses. They have been a fantastic reliable asset- the pieces of equipment which stay fast when everything around me is turning into a storm. Quite frankly I have had a lot less trouble with the pack saddles than with my riding saddle. I will have numerous pics and reels of footage that I could send you by the time this journey is over. It will end up being two years in total from Mongolia to Hungary. The only problem I have had with the plastic boxes is that they change shape considerably in the extreme heat. The plastic becomes very soft, and the boxes, especially the inner curved side changes form. One of my boxes seems to now be convex on the curved side instead of concave. It is slight but makes a difference as you would imagine. This may have been brought on by packing my clothes bag etc too tightly into the box, but I did the same in cool weather and nothing came of it. Can you suggest how I could bend it back into shape? Anyway, thanks for your support. The two saddles have been invaluable as I have mentioned. Best wishes, Tim.
Hi Kelly, Just a short memo to let you know the great quality I have found in your horizontal adjustable cast aluminum pack saddles. I use them on two large draft mules carrying 90 lbs per side. I recently returned from a 70 mile "Continental Divide Trail" packtrip in Montana where I live and I certainly recommend them. The flat tops are especially handy for carrying saws, fishing poles, etc. that require quick access. Dick Mason
Kelly, Just a note.... Thanks for the special effort to get these pack saddles and harnesses out to me on such short notice. My son heads back to the Air Force in the morning with his first pack trip under his belt. Your equipment was easy to assemble, easy to use and high quality. I have ridden with folks that pack, but I never used a pack saddle before, and none of my saddle horses had ever seen a pack saddle. Even so, I lead a string of three newbies behind me for 30 miles through the mountains in north east Georgia without incident. We hauled between 100 and 120 pounds per horse on the way out to camp, pushing about 5 miles an hour. I don't have a clue why old timers keep using the sawbuck or Decker saddles when yours are available. Similar price, much easier on a horse's back, and low maintenance beta straps. Thanks again, Mike Kinsey www.StartemRight.com (South Carolina, USA)
Dear Kelly, The parcel arrived last Friday. We immediately used the pack saddle for a weekend trip to friends 40km away (2x 8h walking time). It took less than an hour to put everything together and adjust the saddle. Great! My horse carried tent, sleeping bags and some more stuff (not too heavy) without the slightest sign of feeling uncomfortable or exhausted. Everything worked perfectly well. I will certainly have to make some minor adjustments for the long trip (the pad tends to slip backwards), but altogether I'm extremely happy with the new gear! The book is also very helpful! Thank you! --- Hedwig Emmerig Switzerland
I just wanted to get back to you about the Bug Dope. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate this stuff a solid 12. The smell alone keeps them away. It makes the buckskin look a little funny, but bug-free is more important than looks to me. I have given this stuff such a great sale to my Vet that she may be contacting you regarding it. Good luck and thanks again. Jeff Hudson Montana, U.S.A.