Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever View Post
Hi Gaited horse owners!
Just wondering how many of you ride in an AUSSIE saddle??
More specific, A Downunder saddle.
Would love if you posted pics :)
I do have a stock saddle (it's a Syd Hill though, not a Downunder), but I bought it for using with new horses that were having issues with spooking or acting up. The poleys are good for keeping you in the saddle. I will still use it as part of the extra weight for doing load bearing to build up the cannon bones size and density (modeling and remodeling). It's not my favorite saddle though, because like most Australian stock saddles it has the old German/Hungarian type of saddle tree (AKA the English saddle tree.....why the English speaking world wanted to claim it as "English" is beyond me
Of course if Kevin Parrish had a tree that would fit one of my horses I'd get one of his. He makes a stock saddle on a western style tree.
My saddle of choice (to date...subject to change if I find something better) is the Universal Pattern military saddle (oddly enough it is an "English" saddle
). Most people are more familiar with it's modern "civilian" name of the Trooper.
Developed to cut down on the number of horses out of action from sore backs that were common when using the "English" saddles (which are not well designed for riding horses for long, continuous periods of time). Gives more surface contact to distribute the riders weight over a greater area of the horses back (also a "claim to fame" of the western and McClellan saddle trees). It has a suspended seat that insures no weight along the spine (most trees do this) and also gives open access for excellent air flow. It can easily be trimmed down (like a McClellan) to reduce weight.
Now I say it's my saddle of choice, but that's for my horse
. I'll never say it's the most comfortable saddle I've ridden in. I prefer a more comfortable seat than the Trooper. I like a slightly higher cantle and would prefer a bit more pommel or the poley. Which is why I'd really like to have Parrish make me one of his (with a couple of small, but easy modifications) stock saddles on a tree that fits. Ideally a got stock saddle seat built on a trooper tree/frame would be my perfect saddle (hey, I can dream
One picture is one mare with a stock saddle. The other is another mare with a trooper.