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    08-10-2013, 08:54 AM
Green Broke
Haven't tried it with a breast collar yet. I do have 2 other saddles that fit her so I haven't been so inspired.

I've owned that saddle for over 15 yrs now. No wither tracing. I retired the horse I bought it for shortly after I got it. For years it's been sitting and I just take it out and oil it twice a year. Didn't fit the others I had so I just hung on to it knowing I'd have another gaited horse someday.
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    08-10-2013, 09:43 AM
I love my High Horse by Circle Y saddle!! It's the El Dorado model and it fits my TWH perfect :)
    08-10-2013, 10:03 AM
Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
Hi Gaited horse owners!
Just wondering how many of you ride in an AUSSIE saddle??
More specific, A Downunder saddle.

Any fans?

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.
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    08-10-2013, 10:33 AM
Green Broke
I'll be the oddball and say I ride my Foxtrotter mare and her 1/2 Quarter Horse son in a regular western saddle with "quarter horse bars" . It is a Saddle King Ol' Timer model.

The tree is made by Steele and seems to be extremely versatile. Before I discovered Steele trees I had a heck of a time getting a saddle to fit any of my horses, no matter what breed. I have a saddle with a FQHB Steele tree for my Mustang, who is built wide like a Haflinger. Eventually I might need to use that saddle on the "baby" if he keeps growing. Thankfully he inherited his mother's Fox Trotter wither/shoulder configuration and isn't built like a barrel....yet!

So here is my Fox Trotter's "baby." All 15.3, 1250 lbs of him, modeling the Saddle King Ol' Timer.

I love, love, love the high cantle!
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    08-10-2013, 10:36 AM
Green Broke
OP, I have the same Kimberley saddle that you show in your pictures. I bought it specifically for my foxtrotter. I like it - it doesn't weight much, fits both my horse and me very well and is comfortable. I have been toying with the idea of replacing the saddle's original stirrups with either endurance stirrups or English stirrups - in fact it's just a question of making time for the purchase.
    08-10-2013, 11:37 AM
My mom has a saddle made by wyoming saddlery. It works reall nicely, it's super comfortable, and they try to fit it the best they can to your horse. It's handmade and we had to send in photos so they had an idea on how to put the tree together.
    08-11-2013, 07:30 AM
Green Broke
My saddle is a National Bridle Co. Tennessean Supreme...it's an older one made by Crate Saddlery in Chattanooga.
    08-11-2013, 06:44 PM
I use a Tucker GenII on my little 14 hd buckskin mare.... I love the saddle but the down side is too dang heavy... I've had it for 2 years but already thinking of selling getting something light weight. Now the question is what?
    08-14-2013, 12:11 PM
I bought a Sycamore Creek endurance-style saddle for my new Rockie last spring because my research taught me that these were 1) comfortable for rider, 2) designed for gaited horses and 3) endurance styled so that I would be comfortable/secure on the trail, and 4) very good quality for the price. All of these proved true! My horse goes fine in this saddle (which happened to be ready-made, but they also make them custom fit to scribes of your horse's withers for VERY reasonable prices, I think). Also, Sycamore Creek service is second to none!

Having grown up using flat cutback saddles on 3-gaited pleasure horses, though, I found the rig (more western than english), and especially the WEIGHT of this saddle to be too much for me over time. I'm selling it soon, having gone back to my roots and just bought a flat cutback saddle. I think. I *might* feel insecure on trails in WV hills is my only hesitation. If you are small (like me) and find lifting increasingly difficult, I'd think about a synthetic that's lighter weight when considering saddles.

The new flat cutback saddle just arrived today, and I'm waiting on the fittings from a different seller before I try out the new saddle. I'll try to remember to update this thread with pictures after I do!
    08-14-2013, 04:24 PM
I don't own any of the synthetic type of material saddles, but I have tried the Wintec and Abetta and found they both hold heat. I could feel the heat thru the seat and thigh area while riding. They both were light weight, but the heat was a turn off. I'm thinking of one of the Aussie endurance, but never really rode in anything that didn't have a horn. I know you can get them with a horn, but then again never have tried a Aussie type saddle. Lots of money to waste if you can't try them first, not just sit in them, but actually ride.

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