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post #1 of 20 Old 06-14-2012, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Another saddle post (English)

weighing my options and want your feed back.
I was in the process of buying from dixieland and decided to not do that and get what I put down back.Im just sure I can find what I need for less the $1300 which is what I was about to spend.

Grew up on cutback english.As an adult would like to feel more secure in the saddle.What do yall think about aussie saddles.I am liking the idea of those knee pads.Seems like if your about to fall sideways you would be able to right your self better with those.
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post #2 of 20 Old 06-14-2012, 08:37 AM
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I had an Aussie saddle, but only for a minute. I LOVED it. It didn't fit my critter one bit though. Had to rid myself of it. You have to be extremely careful not to buy a cheap knockoff brand, and if you buy an Aussie saddle co saddle, make sure it's not a fake!
I mean, if you want a cheap knockoff, by all means. Lol. I'm just saying don't get tricked :)
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Tried to ride an aussie once, loved how it fit my butt. Unfortunately my TWH hated it and I got my worse ride ever on him. I was just starting to ride walkers at that point and that taught me the lesson of how important free motion of a walkers shoulders is.
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post #4 of 20 Old 06-14-2012, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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humm..i was looking at this one.

I had seen someone mention it somewhere on here.My guy is a narrow walker so I need a narrow tree.
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post #5 of 20 Old 06-14-2012, 12:42 PM
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Aussies are awesome. The english styled ones IMOP are a lot nicer than the western styled ones (due to padding purposes.. don't need a thick pad)

Definitely worth investigating. But I will be honest. I find my dressage saddle more comfortable.

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post #6 of 20 Old 06-14-2012, 01:02 PM
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I don't like the way an aussie saddle makes posting the trot difficult. I know there are well made ones out there, but many of the ones I've seen look like they are made out of cardboard leather.
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post #7 of 20 Old 06-14-2012, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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This will be for a walking horse. No pOsting
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This will be for a walking horse. No pOsting
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post #9 of 20 Old 06-14-2012, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Lmao. I guess I shouldn't let that secret out of the bag. Everyone will be buying up all the walkers then. Make the prices higher. Lol
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post #10 of 20 Old 06-14-2012, 10:35 PM
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My experience with Aussie saddles is that they are "blister rigs"...for me!

The three or four I've tried just put me in a position I didn't like. Some call them the best of the English and Western saddle combinations; I find them to be the worst.

But, that's my view based upon my experience. Others have much different views and find them just fine.

If you want more "stability" but don't want the weight and bulk of a Western saddle you might look at the Plantation Saddles. Steele is, IMO, the premier maker of these. They are designed for the Walking-type horse. Steele also has a "try before you buy" program. They will send you a saddle for an extended trial (at least a week) so that you can see if it fits you and the horse and the uses you have in mind. It will be a "loaner" grade saddle (not in the prettiest of condition) but it will be fully serviceable and you won't be afraid to ride it and really use it. My wife rode in a Steele Plantation for most of the time we had Walkers, and for some of the period we've owned Marchadors. She really liked it. It worked for both breeds.

We did the "try before you buy" thing. It really worked out well.

You might also find the Buena Vista type saddle a good option for a Walker. I see a fair number around me.

But, as for the Aussie, I'll pass.

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