Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: saskatchewan, canada
Aussie saddle for a gaited horse
I have had my horse now for 2 months and still don't have a saddle. He will be ridable come 2 months from now(injury). I have been on the fence about what kind of saddle to get for us. I really like the security or an aussie and the fact that is has english leathers. I've thought about trooper saddles, but after reading a lot of reviews I think it would sit to high on him ans him being 17HH already I don't want to be much higher. I like the feel of english but this being my first horse I am a little afraid of not feeling secure. And western saddles KILL my knees due to the thick fenders. SO im back to an aussie. I don't want to afford a $2000 saddle and would like to keep it under $500.
But I guess my real question is have any of you rode in an aussie on a gaited horse, does it restrict the movement? And his previous trainer said he was eay to fit and took regular QH bars, with the last year off it looks like he has lost a bit of muscle and now has high withers. I don't want to buy more than one saddle, so should I, after he's well ride him bareback to build up his muscle before I look into buying him a saddle.
Most people that have rode in an aussie do you like them? No tack shop sells them around here so I can't just try one out, and I don't know any one that has one to lend me for a ride or two :(
Im thinking I will have to buy new so I can send a whither tracing in.