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    01-06-2011, 10:26 PM
  #11
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I have only sat in one once and it felt "wierd" to me. Don't you find that you get pinched or rubbed in intimate places by those heavy straps that go over the top , right where you put your "precious"?

Also, if the saddle slides back a lot, then I would think it was not a good fit.
     
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    01-06-2011, 11:17 PM
  #12
Trained
I just got my second one. My first doesn't have a horn, but it is a bit small for me (fine for my wife & oldest daughter). The new one that I used for the first time today does have a horn (mine, BTW, is in black).



Both weigh about the same as our Circle Y. However, both our horses have such short backs that it is hard to find western saddles where the bars of the tree don't go too far back.

I love them for the way they ride. My new one feels almost identical to my Bates AP english saddle from the front of the thigh back. However, it has the poleys (sp?) and a small horn, both of which I liked - the horn because I'm used to using them when dismounting. And I have more confidence that I'll stay in the saddle regardless with the Australian saddle.

I thought Australian saddles were supposed to put your feet farther forward, but my new one puts them about where the AP saddle does.

Also - it took a while for me (and our horses) to get used to the Australian cinch, but now I like it. The overgirth is under me, and I don't notice it.
     
    01-06-2011, 11:36 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Mine has the horn, but that was just luck of the draw with me as it was the only one I could find when I was looking that was a brand name but in my size.
I'm not a fan of the english girth but my friend says i'll get used to it lol. If not, i'll just get converters!
     
    01-07-2011, 01:14 AM
  #14
Green Broke
Be careful with buying any cheap leather saddle. The leather is often stiff and won't wear well. The trees can come warped out of the box, or warp/crack with age. The one on horse.com made by downunderweb.com is a bit better than the cheap eBay Asian-made specials, but they are still "imported." You have to take extra care to keep the saddle clean and conditioned, and inspect it regularly for wear. If you slack off of keeping the saddle in good working order and the leather conditioned well, then you take the risk of having it become damaged and needing to buy a new one.

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    01-07-2011, 09:48 AM
  #15
Foal
I really like my Aussie saddle. I use endurance stirrups. It is super comfortable and practically impossible to fall out of! :) Although if I'm not riding my horse in my Aussie saddle I'm riding a well mannered school horse in a treeless dressage saddle so it's all relative I guess.
I have a Down Under Wizzard Poley I got used on ebay. It is really nice quality. The company is great to deal with too, before I bought it I called them to confirm that the woman selling it on ebay was, in fact authorized to sell their saddles and they knew her right off the bat and highly recommended her. They also told me that I could send the saddle to them to have it adjusted if it didn't fit my horse. There are A TON of knockoffs of brand name Australian saddles on ebay for some reason so you have to be careful!

Mine does have a horn even though I would have preferred to get one without but I got a $945 saddle for $350 so who's complaining?! Australian Saddles - the Down Under Collection of Aussie Saddles for Trail, Ranch, and Endurance riding
The Wizzard Poley is about halfway down this page.

I did a ton of research before I bought this one and if I hadn't found my Wizzard Poly I probably would have gotten one from The Australian Stock Saddle Co. The AUSTRALIAN STOCK SADDLE Co Just be careful if you look for one of those on ebay though, 99% of those seem to be fakes.
     
    01-07-2011, 09:57 AM
  #16
Yearling
I've ridden with and without a horn. While it is nice to have a horn sometimes, I have managed to catch a bra strap/coat on it once or twice,lol. I actually wanted an Aussie but I couldn't find one to fit Jack, he's ridiculously short backed and also has low withers and a flat back so it took some experimenting to find something that fit. I ended up having to take him to a saddle maker and have him fitted.
     
    01-07-2011, 05:21 PM
  #17
Trained
Stock saddles do NOT sit further forward than any other saddle. Every saddle needs to sit behind the scapula so as not to restrict shoulder movement - A stock saddle is no different. It may look different due to the different cut compared to a western saddle, but the tree MUST still clear the scapula. If you need a breastplate to keep it forward it is probably struggling to settle in the right spot!

I have a breastplate with my stock saddle but that is only because I feel it completes the look - it serves no usefull purpose for me. Since i've been using my stock saddle on my little pony as well i've just taken it off.
     
    01-14-2011, 11:04 PM
  #18
QOS
Green Broke
I love Aussie Saddles! I have an 18" Down Under Wizzard Poley with a horn that is practically brand new (I used it for 4 months) and an 19" synthetic Kimberly Stock Saddle.

I bought the 18" last Christmas Eve and got it around New Years. It is very comfortable and I bought the woolie leggings to keep the saddle in the best condition possible and the suede stirrup pads. I got the matching breast strap The black one doesn't have all of that but they are both extremely comfortable.

Unfortunately they don't fit my new horse very well and the more weight and muscle he puts on the tighter it gets! That really bites because they are extremely comfortable on my knees and my backside. I can ride for hours without getting sore anywhere.

I have ordered a new plantation saddle for my horse - I love the Aussie but have decided to switch to a more western look but am keeping the same type stirrups - they can't be beat!! If I didn't have too, I wouldn't be purchasing a new saddle!! Aussies are terrific.
     
    01-15-2011, 09:46 AM
  #19
Foal
I have two, they both have horns.
     
    01-15-2011, 10:10 AM
  #20
Showing
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Be careful with buying any cheap leather saddle. The leather is often stiff and won't wear well. The trees can come warped out of the box, or warp/crack with age. The one on horse.com made by downunderweb.com is a bit better than the cheap eBay Asian-made specials, but they are still "imported." You have to take extra care to keep the saddle clean and conditioned, and inspect it regularly for wear. If you slack off of keeping the saddle in good working order and the leather conditioned well, then you take the risk of having it become damaged and needing to buy a new one.

aussie saddles and aussie tack,largest selection in the US
I have one of those cheap Aussie saddles hanging in my barn covered with dust. The leather feels like cardboard
I have a semi Aussie saddle. Clinton Anderson sells them on his site with and without a horn. They are made for him by Martin saddlery and are very nice. I prefer no horn.
     

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