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    08-06-2013, 10:07 PM
  #11
Green Broke
I personally ride my gaited in a specialized eurolight. Suits my mare just fine. A friend of mine rides her TWH in a wintec Australian and swears by it.
     
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    08-06-2013, 11:02 PM
  #12
Showing
I don't have an aussie saddle but I have ridden in one. I am actually considering getting one for hubby. I own a few saddles myself, but my favorite one has got to be my dressage saddle.
     
    08-06-2013, 11:36 PM
  #13
Foal
Who? Me Standards?

Yup, guilty got 2 (and a diva Shetland pony mixed mare) I used to have my trainers license and now I'm doing LD rides and learning CDE's.




Mr. Beau Windswept (Tagliabue-Beauty Windswept-Baltic Speed) made almost $200K with a lifetime mark of 1:56.1 on the trot. He is an amazingly smooth racker yet will trot under saddle and in the harness.



Slingblade Hall (Precious Bunny-Swifty but Nifty-Jate Lobell) Ky Sires Stakes winning pacer 1:55.1 but too slow to continue racing, he went to the Amish where he got into an accident and broke his knee. It healed badly but he is sound and vets cleared him for light riding and driving.

He will singlefoot but he prefers to pace so I honestly don't ride him that much he is really pacey even at the walk.



Prissy is a Shetland mix mare and a complete diva. She is probably the sweetest pony I've ever had. She never bites or kicks, she loves attention and she rides and drives.

I'm going to start her in CDEs this winter.
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    08-07-2013, 08:13 AM
  #14
Started
I use a bighorn endurance saddle most often because my horse is tall, I'm short and the saddle weighs nearly nothing.

I wish I could use my Aussie saddle on her but it slides back terribly. Looks like it fits. Was actually used last on a very similarly shaped horse and doesn't have much use on it so the padding should conform to this one. It just doesn't stay put. Tried different pads and placements. She even gaits pretty good in it but...
     
    08-07-2013, 09:43 AM
  #15
Yearling
I regularly ride a Stubben Scout Stubben Saddles

It is very comfortable and fits well. One of the advantages of the higher end saddles is quality materials AND engineering. Stubben's been doing this since 1894 so I figure they've probably got it about right.

My wife rides a VSD DL Stubben Saddles She got a super deal from Usedsaddles.com.

My latest aquisition is a British 1902 Universal Pattern Officer's Saddle. It is in need of restoration. Upon completion it will be my "parade" and historical impression saddle. One of it's major features is a significantly longer than average set of bars. It was designed to be used on TB-type horses common in the British Cavalry. It sits a bit more forward than most gaited horse riders would think right, but in testing it did not interefear with any front end movements. It would be very unsuitable for use on a horse with a short back. The standard load carried by a horse carrying a British officer would be close to 300 lbs. (rider, tack, weapons, equipment, etc.). Proper weight distribution is important!

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    08-07-2013, 01:28 PM
  #16
Weanling
I rode in an Aussie on my QH, and it was very comfortable. But I was told that for my TWH, it would interfere with his shoulder movement due to the way the Aussie tree was made.

So I ride my Walker in a cutback saddle, or bareback. We use a western only in the show ring lol.
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    08-07-2013, 02:26 PM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by Idrivetrotters    
Yup, guilty got 2 (and a diva Shetland pony mixed mare) I used to have my trainers license and now I'm doing LD rides and learning CDE's.


Slingblade Hall (Precious Bunny-Swifty but Nifty-Jate Lobell) Ky Sires Stakes winning pacer 1:55.1 but too slow to continue racing, he went to the Amish where he got into an accident and broke his knee. It healed badly but he is sound and vets cleared him for light riding and driving.

He will singlefoot but he prefers to pace so I honestly don't ride him that much he is really pacey even at the walk.

Silver Match (Royal Match - Silver Surfer) raced on the pace 287 times...lifetime mark of 1:52.3.
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    08-07-2013, 08:35 PM
  #18
Foal
That's a lot of starts that's a solid horse! Pacers do so well at the track but they get a bit bored just pacing so we always rode ours to keep them fresh, the trotters never seem to burn out so we didn't ride them as much.
     
    08-10-2013, 08:16 AM
  #19
Started
That's exactly what I ran into with my walker. My Aussie looked like it fit but with each step she took her massive shoulders knocked the saddle back just a fraction. I've fiddled with positioning, changing pads. It won't work.
Thought about getting a cutback saddle but everywhere I ride here is up and down hill. Just not practical.

It did fit my smaller gaited standardbred mare. Was only used a handful of times. Very comfortable saddle. Makes me sad it doesn't fit this one.

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Originally Posted by disastercupcake    
I rode in an Aussie on my QH, and it was very comfortable. But I was told that for my TWH, it would interfere with his shoulder movement due to the way the Aussie tree was made.

So I ride my Walker in a cutback saddle, or bareback. We use a western only in the show ring lol.
     
    08-10-2013, 08:39 AM
  #20
Foal
@Sue did you do a wither tracing for fitting your Aussie? I found out two things with Aussies, 1) wither tracings are the best way of insuring fit and 2) breastplates may be necessary to get shoulder fit.

My Aussie slipped a bit (my horse is still building up muscle as he was only a driving horse until I got him) but I got a breastplate and it has been a life saver.
     

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