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    08-07-2013, 04:56 PM
Aussie/"Crossover" saddles?

I usually use a western style saddle but as I am a newbie at riding and a bit top heavy I often feel very insecure and unstable when going fast or going downhill. I recently tried a cheapie Australian saddle and was amazed at how "locked in" I felt in it.

So now I am on the hunt for something that will be somewhat of a compromise.

I have seen the Clinton Anderson (Martin) saddles that are sort of a cross between Western and Australian and I like the looks but not the PRICE.

I saw Tough 1 makes a clone called the "Brisbane" but I can't find any reviews as to the quality of the Tough 1 version.

I have thought about just getting a fully Aussie saddle but I don't like the giant full skirt things on the side, or the big fat "pillows" at the back. I admit both reasons are more personal preference and aesthetic more than function or purpose.

So I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions for something with the big "Poleys" that can help keep my fat a$$ in the seat, but will look at feel a little more like a western saddle?

Or if anyone has ever seen or used the Tough 1 Brisbane in person and could give me a review of it.

Thanks for looking.
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    08-07-2013, 10:06 PM
Green Broke
First my advice would be to become more secure in your seat before going "fast" or downhill instead of relying on the saddle to keep you secure. Your position and stability will thank you in the long run! To get back to the original question, I have seen someone post about something called bucking rolls that you can have attached to a western saddle that look and function similar to the poleys of an aussie saddle. Google the name to see what they look like :)
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    08-07-2013, 10:31 PM
Green Broke
These saddles are quite popular in Australia at the moment, they're called "halfbreed" saddles, or "swinging fender stocks" and they've been around for a while, although they can differ on how much influence they take from either stock or western saddles. There are lots around however I have never met anyone riding in Clinton Andersons. However, most of these saddles don't have horns.

They're great for many reasons, an example is I don't like riding in traditional stocks, I feel the thigh rolls combined with the deep, curved seat are too restrictive. However many half breeds have slightly "straighter" thigh rolls and the flatter western seat and I like riding in these (and they all have fenders). However some of more traditional rolls, and some have more traditional seats.

They're not cheap here either (saddles are generally more expensive here). You can get more affordable synthetic models, but to go for a good brand leather you're look at at least $2000, and most people go for a custom (usually $3000 up). Being more popular here though, you might be able to find one secondhand and get it shipped over.

Google "halfbreed saddle" and have a look.
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    08-07-2013, 10:54 PM
I know some people don't like them, but look up the Australian Stock Saddle Company. They've got several different styles to choose from.

I wouldn't touch that Tough1 saddle with a twenty-foot pole, much less put one on my horse.
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    08-07-2013, 11:02 PM
I had never heard of these! I like them! Neat idea!
    08-08-2013, 01:05 AM
I love halfbreed saddles, mine is what I call semi custom, choice of colours, rough out/smooth, fender length along with set size and choices of bars

I believe I paid around $1,500 (Aus) for a very well made saddle, it's somewhat plain by western standards but I prefer it that way. My only complaint is the weight, it's heavy compared to a stock (Aussie) saddle or english, but a bit lighter than most good leather western saddles.

I can give you details of the seller if your intersted he will ship them world wide for $200aus

Not everyone like riding in them, but I highly recommend trying them
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