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post #1 of 39 Old 01-04-2011, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Aulstralian saddles

Hello. I"m looking into getting an Aulstralian saddle. I was looking for some imput from people who do or have ridden in them.

Some reasons I am heavily considering them:

*Light weight (compaired to most leather western saddles)
*security for riding
*Deep seat
*Supposed to be easy on the butt & back on long rides (horses back too)
*Riggings for saddle bags (unlike my English saddle)

The western saddle I have is a Big Horn cordura, and it weighs about 17lbs. Which I love. I can grab it by the horn and flop it up onto my 15hh gelding. Right now my sister in law is using it on her 14hh mare because she only has an english saddle and perfers a western.

The western saddle I am using (which belongs to my father in law, who doesn't ride) is super comfy, but is easily 35lbs, and surely not my favorite to get on my 14.2hh mare, let alone my 15hh gelding. lol. Plus it's a smidge long for him (in my opinion) and I don't want the unnessary weight on the trails. Especially when we ride in the mountains & have switch backs & such.

This is one of the saddles I was looking at

Kimberley Outback Saddle Package - Horse.com
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post #2 of 39 Old 01-04-2011, 04:00 PM
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I have one of those saddles and it is lovely and very comfortable for long trail rides. I have only two complaints with it, and they are not really complaints so much as "FYIs":

1. Mine did not come with pads for the stirrup irons. They are slippery if you try to ride in the "bare metal" stirrup irons so I had to get some pads on eBay. (Item 150228315780 is similar to what I got.) I am not sure now if stirrup iron pads are included, or if perhaps Horse.com has them available as an accessory.

2. Aussie saddles are supposed to sit farther forward on the horse. To keep mine in the proper position I needed to get a breastplate for it. I also use a piece of non-slip shelf liner stuff (you can pick it up at the supermarket for like $4 a roll) in between the horse and the pad and then in between the pad and the saddle.

Many of your reasons for looking at the Aussie were my same reasons for wanting one. I think you will really like it.
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I ride in one, so does my wife and son. We have no issues but make sure you have a breast collar for it. My wifes tends ot slip back but not the other two. I believe the horse shape (hers) has something to do with it. I had ridden in hers and did not like it, but found another one and put my Tucker Gen II on the saddle rack. I really like the one I have now.
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I just bought one this month that looks exactly like that one! Only the stirrups arent metal.
My friend rode in one for years, but sold it because the position it puts you in would throw her hips out, but that's not with everyone of course.
I really like them because of the kneepads & it puts you in more of an english-rider position (even though i ride western). You can also get girth converters if you prefer a western cinch, which i do.
One thing i dont like is that the stirrups dont train very well so it's not as easy to just slip your toe in. The rings & everything are really nice too. I love how they're little horseshoes

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I also ride western, but I rode english so long (when i was a kid, I couldn't get the western one on my horse, lol) that I have more of an english seat anyway. I'm more of a crotch sitter, than a butt/tail bone sitter. Even just in a chair, so that is another reason I think an Aussie would be good. Plus, as I said, as far as a fully leather saddle, it's going to be lots lighter than most western ones, which is what i want. Why add the excess weight on the trails?
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We have four and they are lighter than the western saddles we have. My youngest son says he feels out of place since he rides in a barrel racing saddle. SO I am going to have to let him try the fourth one....
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My husband and I both switched from western saddles to the australian saddle. We love them for trail riding, they are so comfortable and the deep seat makes us feel so secure. I grew up riding english, which I love but the shorter stirrup makes my knees hurt. To me, the australian saddle is like an english saddle with longer stirrups and a saddle horn, so it's perfect.
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So how many of you have the horns? I was thinking it would be good for trails... I sometimes tow a horse & its always nice to have the horn to pit the line on while we are taking a (mounted) break. Not towing on the horn of course. Man, I'd be cut in half! Lol
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To me, the australian saddle is like an english saddle with longer stirrups and a saddle horn, so it's perfect.
That's exactly what I thought!

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So how many of you have the horns?
Mine has a horn, and it's saved my butt a few times.
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All 4 of the ones we have, have horns
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