I just got one. In the mail. I am going to ride in it tonight for the first time. If it was any other saddle it seems to fit. No rubs on the back bone,etc. But the girth seems huge. Even though its smaller than my English 46in. It's up all the way & still too big. I even double padded. My western pad & my English one too. And it is super hard to get it tight in the first place.
Could you guys please show some pics of your horses tacked & girthing pics too? Thanks so much. I will let y'all know how the ride goes. I am trying it out on my mare, who is broke... my 4 year old has gotta wait til I get something tighter figured out. Lol. He still bolts sometimes. Posted via Mobile Device
FWIW, my horses use a 44-46 English girth, a 28-30 western, and a 30 Australian, although all of those could vary with the exact saddle and manufacturer. For girthing them, I use the front billet to hold the off side just overlapping the flap, and then adjust the overgirth so the D ring on the near side is halfway down the flap. I tighten the saddle on using the overgirth, the attach the front billet on the near side to match.
This isn't completely accurate (the D ring should be lower), but it shows how the overgirth straps up:
FWIW = For What It's Worth. Some Australian-style saddles use English girthing, or an overgirth with billets on both sides. More typically, they use an Australian girth, that works like shown. The nice part is that a single pull both tightens the girth AND pulls the saddle down.
I have ridden in two Aussies, one with a horn and one without. I loved riding in them both. They belonged to friends of mine. I loved them both, but more so the one with the horn. One of the saddles had western type stirrups and the other had english irons. I preferred the western type stirrup.
I'll need to get a different Overgirth, and also a new girth that has a flap thing on it (like BSMS showed in the pic) The overgirth that came with my saddle just has holes on each side, makeing the rigging under the saddle just like English.
Both of mine have over-girths. I rode this past weekend and my horse shook several times from head to toe like my former horse did when we had saddle fit issues. He is filling out and the saddle left dry spots on both sides. I called Down Under and they may be able to adjust the stuffing which is wonderful!
I have a question about Australian saddles and flank girths, actually, flank girths in general, I guess. I grew up riding English and so knew nothing about flank girths. I have ridden Western some but never owned a Western saddle, and I always wondered about the flank girth on Western saddles, noticing that some people used one, some didn't. Now I'm wondering about my Australian saddle since it has a flank girth ring on it and I've seen flank girths in the Down Under catalog. I just trail ride, should I be using one? Who uses flank girths and why?