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    02-23-2012, 12:20 AM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by Koolio    
$200 is a fair price for a relatively inexpensive Aussie saddle. Yours has a more western-style stirrup and the blue bottom which tells me it is not an expensive Aussie-made version. Genuine, good quality Aussie saddles made in Australia out of butter soft leather will set you back at least 10 times that much.

If the saddle fits your horse, is comfortable for you, and the tree is good, it's a good saddle, regardless of the maker or the cost. Look after it and you should enjoy many miles of comfortable riding.
yea hopefully ill enjoy it for a while because I like it alot so far. Also if I find I just love the aussie saddles then I can get a higher quality one whenever I need to buy a replacement. It almost looked like the blue bottom was added after because the stiching was slightly different so im not sure if someone had to repair it before or not.
     
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    02-23-2012, 12:39 AM
  #12
Trained
So, I am not trying to hi-jack this thread, but I have a related question that has been bugging me for a while and was brought to the forefront of my mind when I saw the pics of the OP's saddle...

What is the point of a western-style horn on an Aussie saddle...especially when they're so dinky? You can't really dally a rope on those little stick horns. Sure they're convenient to hang a horn bag on, but you could just get a set of pommel bags instead (I have the Stowaway deluxe pommel bags and LOVE them...no horn required to attach them).
     
    02-23-2012, 10:00 AM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    

What is the point of a western-style horn on an Aussie saddle...especially when they're so dinky? You can't really dally a rope on those little stick horns. Sure they're convenient to hang a horn bag on, but you could just get a set of pommel bags instead (I have the Stowaway deluxe pommel bags and LOVE them...no horn required to attach them).
I think it is simply for "decoration" and maybe a bit to hang on to. I wouldn't dally a rope on one. It is also a way to put that western flair into a non-western saddle. Some Aussie saddles come with western stirrups and a wider fender rather than the traditional stirrup leathers and irons. These are usually found in the less authentic varieties.

I had a horn on my old Aussie saddle. It was a pain because it is positioned so close to your body that my t-shirt or jacket kept getting caught over it. I had to make sure to wear snug fitting clothing. I've never had this issue with a proper western saddle.
     
    02-23-2012, 12:44 PM
  #14
Trained
Last time I rode in a western saddle, I got hung up on the horn while mounting. Only time it's ever happened to me and boy it was it embarrassing. Of course, this after riding my (now) hornless Aussie for every ride on my boy except one.

My friend has an Aussie saddle (the Muster Master from the Australian Stock Saddle Company) that has a horn and she was appalled that I wanted an Aussie without a horn. "What will you hold onto when he goes rodeo bronc on you?" she asked. I just looked at her. Funny enough, when Aires pulled his little buck and jump off those rocks last trail ride, I ended up staying in the saddle (yay for poleys!), and didn't feel the need to grab onto anything other than keep a firm grip on my reins, and I didn't end up with a bruise on my stomach from a useless horn. Lol

Just my personal opinion and experience, here. Not saying horns are bad on Aussie saddles...just not seeing the point of them.
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    02-23-2012, 04:07 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I, too, love my Aussie saddle. I find if I feel a little unstable I just tuck a hand under the front of it-when I'm in my Western saddle I rest my hands on the horn at times-just used to my hands being in that position. I'm going to go play w/my gelding a bit as I cleared an area so I could do that.
     
    02-24-2012, 06:55 AM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by AZguy    
I just joined this forum, every time I would look something up on google it would take me here so figured I should join. I just bought a new saddle and it seems to be good quality and I really like how it feels. Its an aussie saddle but I can't find any markings on it, anyone have any idea how I can find out the brand or does anyone recognize it. Thanks for your help.
Hello, welcome to the forum!
I recognise this saddle from a mile away as i've repaired quite a few, the reason you can't find a brand/makers stamp on it is because it was manufactured in India, they make them up with inferior products (tree/leather/hardware) and call them 'aussie saddles', they market these saddles as 'aussie' and export them all over the world even selling them to saddle shops here in Australia who also call them 'aussie saddles'...crazy isn't it! The difference in the quality of materials and workmanship to real Australian made saddles in like chalk and cheese. This stands out in the most imprtant part of the saddle, when you take a look at the panels underneath, they are not stuffed with teezed mane/tail hair (which helps the panels shape to fit your horse better) with good quality serge on top but have a sponge/foam like material in them which tends to harden overtime.
It's best to steer clear of these saddles if you're using them for heavy work but by the look of it it's in good condition, the tree wouldn't be broken, the panels shouldn't have stiffened up too much, it's a nice colour, it's in your price range, it's got a comfy soft seat and good sercurity so after all that if it suits what you're using it for I reckon it was a pretty good buy
     
    02-26-2012, 03:14 PM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by ReneeM    
Hello, welcome to the forum!
I recognise this saddle from a mile away as i've repaired quite a few, the reason you can't find a brand/makers stamp on it is because it was manufactured in India, they make them up with inferior products (tree/leather/hardware) and call them 'aussie saddles', they market these saddles as 'aussie' and export them all over the world even selling them to saddle shops here in Australia who also call them 'aussie saddles'...crazy isn't it! The difference in the quality of materials and workmanship to real Australian made saddles in like chalk and cheese. This stands out in the most imprtant part of the saddle, when you take a look at the panels underneath, they are not stuffed with teezed mane/tail hair (which helps the panels shape to fit your horse better) with good quality serge on top but have a sponge/foam like material in them which tends to harden overtime.
It's best to steer clear of these saddles if you're using them for heavy work but by the look of it it's in good condition, the tree wouldn't be broken, the panels shouldn't have stiffened up too much, it's a nice colour, it's in your price range, it's got a comfy soft seat and good sercurity so after all that if it suits what you're using it for I reckon it was a pretty good buy
thanks, yea it suits what I want to do with it pretty well so well see how it goes. I did find this on there actually its pretty worn and wasnt stamped that well to start with I don't think. Anyone recognize it? Doesnt matter at this point since I already own the saddle, but now im just curious
     
    02-26-2012, 08:25 PM
  #18
Foal
I think that's an Australian Outrider saddle. Same thing as I said before, cheaper saddles but not all that bad. Good for light riding, like trails and such, but I wouldn't put serious strain on it. You can find a few reviews online about them.
     
    02-26-2012, 10:20 PM
  #19
Trained
That's what I thought when I saw it, TrailxxRider. I believe horse.com sells the Australian Outrider. Decent saddle. About $300 new.
     
    02-26-2012, 11:01 PM
  #20
Foal
Thanks everyone, I was going to try and ride with it today but the only girth we couldnt find was way too small for the horse so I had to go back to the western that I've been borrowing. Thanks for all the help though everyone
     

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