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post #11 of 17 Old 12-06-2012, 07:45 PM
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Looks decent to me. Does he move willingly? Any pinned ears at the start of a trot or canter? Sweat marks even? Saddle stay in place while riding?

I use English stirrup leathers. There are pads made for Australian leathers, or you could try something like the pads they use on seatbelts. Fuzzy socks works OK by me, but as a 54 year old "Old Fart", fashion isn't high on my list!

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post #12 of 17 Old 12-06-2012, 08:00 PM
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My Aussie saddle has a leather piece that goes over the buckles, also I aways wear tall boots when riding-in all my saddles-sure helps on the bruising. Usually english style boots, but I also have a Western pair that come up to the knee.I've never seen an English or Aussie pad that has neoprene, but I have a Western one that might come under that description. Most of my rides are usually 1-2 hours, so haven't had a problem. Glad you stayed on while she was jumping around. An Aussie does help w/that.
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-06-2012, 09:12 PM
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I have used those type stirrup leathers on my aussie before, and I hate them. I use the aussie leathers that are like the English leathers, except they are 3in. wide, and don't pinch as much. I also am considering getting a pair of children's leathers because I am 5'3" and the adult leathers are as short as I can make them, which is a fine length, until I want to do more active riding.

I had my Aussie custom made for my old horse, they used the smallest tree they make, and it was still too wide for him(he has badly atrophied & damaged muscles along his spine) When I got my new horse I asked for help from the maker in deciding if it fit him. They were hugely helpful! I sent photos of it on my horse from different angles and they digitally drew lines over the angles they liked, where it should sit and how I could shim it if I wanted to improve the fit. Overall they told me it was a good fit and they didn't try to sell anything more to me.
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post #14 of 17 Old 12-07-2012, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Looks decent to me. Does he move willingly? Any pinned ears at the start of a trot or canter? Sweat marks even? Saddle stay in place while riding?

I use English stirrup leathers. There are pads made for Australian leathers, or you could try something like the pads they use on seatbelts. Fuzzy socks works OK by me, but as a 54 year old "Old Fart", fashion isn't high on my list!
If the tall English style boots don't help, I'll look into new leathers. As for how she moves, she moves willingly at each gait. She never pins ears with girthing or trotting or cantering. We haven't done enough work to build up a real good sweat yet. The saddle does stay in place.
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-07-2012, 01:03 AM
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The saddle looks like a good fit to me :)

I've never dealt with leathers like the ones you have so can't offer advice there. Honestly, it might be worthwhile going out and buying some more comfortable ones. That's my plan soon, as the leather of my stirrups are extremely thick, and so stick out a little and aren't exactly comfortable.

It sounds like you're discovering the wonders of the Aussie saddle though They're ridiculously comfortable, and they're great for holding you in place. Also, it looks awesome on your girl.
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-07-2012, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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I have one more questions for you aussie saddle users...what kind of saddle pad do you use? The one I'm using is very thick, which I bought because I figured some cushion would be nice when we're doing competitive trails. Do you think a thin, plain ol' blanket would be better? Could the thick saddle pad create pressure spots since the saddle seems to fit so snugly?
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-07-2012, 10:18 AM
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Lots of folks use English saddle pads. I use a Navajo blanket. The cheap ones work, but I like the Mayatex ones made from New Zealand wool. But I've ridden my horses with a thin English pad and they don't seem to notice any difference.
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