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post #1 of 8 Old 11-15-2009, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Question Anyone used an Australian saddle?

I am thinking about buying an aussie saddle but have never ridden in one. Our local tack shops don't carry them nor do I know anyone who has one to try out. I haven't ridden in years and from what I have read the aust. saddle has a deeper seat and helps you stay in the saddle better. If anyone has one or have ridden in one some info would be wonderful!!! Thanks for your help!!! Happy Trails!!!
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-15-2009, 03:59 PM
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I'm a fairly new rider and we only ride on trails so after much research I ordered an Aussie saddle. I love it, I always feel so slouchy in a western saddle and I definitely feel secure in my Aussie. The other people I ride with will complain about being sore on a long ride when I'm still comfy.

I bought a cheap, used one initially and my horse hated it. Then I searched around for a while and bought one on line and sent in a whither tracing so I was sure it would fit. Check out www.downunderweb.com. That's who I bought from - they give you lots of fitting help and have wonderful customer service. My horse seems to like this one pretty well and I think it fits her quite nicely.

Also, check out anything you think you might buy on www.horsetackreview.com. Australian saddles aren't for everyone, my husband isn't a fan. I think some of the online stores will let you "rent" a demo saddle to try out, you just pay for shipping, but I'm not sure.

Call the different companies and ask lots of questions - I think I called 3 or 4 different ones and they were always happy to help!

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-15-2009, 04:11 PM
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The other good one is www.aussiesaddle.com. Those two have the most stuff and lots of info. Another company, Kate's, wasn't rated as well in the things I've read, but I haven't used or seen any of their stuff.

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-15-2009, 04:54 PM
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Do a search of the archives for Australian saddles/Stock saddles. I've written pages of information from an Australian who rides in one - I can't be bothered typing it out again!

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-15-2009, 05:09 PM
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I love them. Very deep seat. You are NOT comin' out of it!

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-15-2009, 05:14 PM
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just going to post this topic myself! how does sizing work? anyone know. im a 16.5-17 in my c/c saddle. (ive never ridden in a wester saddle, i figured an aussie saddle would be in between the two.)
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-15-2009, 06:29 PM
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I don't know how the sizing compares to other saddles, but the at least one of the two websites above gives sizing info based on your weight and height.

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-15-2009, 09:58 PM
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because they are deep seated they are sized similar to dressage saddles- now when u say Aussie- i assume u mean a poley? not a fender? or half breed?

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