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    09-13-2012, 09:15 AM
  #11
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Is that a repair or bite mark on the back of the seat?
     
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    09-13-2012, 09:31 AM
  #12
Green Broke
Ah yes it has the 4 bar stirrups. And I have about 1.5 finger widths between my thigh and the polley so it sounds like it will fit great.

Sue - I didn't see that when I went over it very carefully, must be the light reflecting off a wrinkle in the leather or something.
     
    09-13-2012, 10:00 AM
  #13
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Sorry Honey. That was weird without an explanation.

I had one just like this stolen last year. Doubt it would have made it as far as Minn. But you never know. Only distinctive marking I could think of was a bite mark from my jack donk taking advantage of my mare being tacked up. Unless repaired there would be no doubt it was a bite mark. Donk became a gelding days later.

Every time I spot the same make of saddle I peer at the seat. Must have been a quick snatch and run because they left other more valuable saddles behind. Also got most of my english pads and girths that were draped over the saddle. Everything stays in the house now. The pads bum me out as much as the saddle because my mother made them for me.

It's not an expensive saddle. I bought mine on ebay years ago. My daughter was just an infant, she's 20 now, so you are looking at a saddle that is close to 20 years. Rumored to have been made in Brazil rather than India. Fit my more narrow standardbred. I guess it would equate to semi-QH bars on a western saddle.

I suppose it could be newer but the scroll work on the flaps is the same. So is everything else.
     
    09-13-2012, 10:02 AM
  #14
Green Broke
Ok so now some more dumb questions here.

If I keep those stirrups, where do I find the pads for them as someone already mentioned?

Do I need a special pad? I have to order my girth online so it would be best to order everything at once so I don't pay shipping. My girl is still building muscle and we go for some very long trail rides. Average 15-20 miles and about 8 hours.

I wanted a half pad for my dressage saddle, would it work for extra padding here instead of special pad? Or would it be too small and ruined for my other saddle to sit on it properly?

Do I need a breast collar? I never tighten my dressage girth down tight, usually leave a finger width in there and it never slides. And I use my dressage saddle for trail rides now.

How much different is it to ride in an Aussie than a dressage saddle? I hate the position a western saddle puts you in and I felt much better when I sat in this saddle last night.
     
    09-13-2012, 10:08 AM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SueNH    
Sorry Honey. That was weird without an explanation.

I had one just like this stolen last year. Doubt it would have made it as far as Minn. But you never know. Only distinctive marking I could think of was a bite mark from my jack donk taking advantage of my mare being tacked up. Unless repaired there would be no doubt it was a bite mark. Donk became a gelding days later.

Every time I spot the same make of saddle I peer at the seat. Must have been a quick snatch and run because they left other more valuable saddles behind. Also got most of my english pads and girths that were draped over the saddle. Everything stays in the house now. The pads bum me out as much as the saddle because my mother made them for me.

It's not an expensive saddle. I bought mine on ebay years ago. My daughter was just an infant, she's 20 now, so you are looking at a saddle that is close to 20 years. Rumored to have been made in Brazil rather than India. Fit my more narrow standardbred. I guess it would equate to semi-QH bars on a western saddle.

I suppose it could be newer but the scroll work on the flaps is the same. So is everything else.
Well I will look closer tonight. I did get it from the sale barn so who knows where it came from. I thought it looked identical to this one I found online.
Australian Outrider Stock Saddle with Horn - Statelinetack.com

That is also a cheaper saddle but the reviews seem to be pretty good. And it says the gullet is 7in which is what my girl takes, she is not narrow by any means. It was so hard to find an english saddle that fit her.

How do I measure the seat size?
     
    09-13-2012, 10:13 AM
  #16
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Judging from the pictures, it looks like an OK saddle. I've seen a couple of nasty Australian-style saddles with stiff & paper thin leather, but that doesn't look like one. If your horse moves comfortably with it, I wouldn't worry. Not many of us can afford a genuine Australian saddle!

Stirrups: I've tried the 4-bar Australian stirrups, western stirrups and English stirrups. I ride with my feet pretty far forward in the stirrups, and the 4-bar stirrups annoy me. That wouldn't happen if I rode with my feet in a more normal position. I like using the western stirrups OK, but feel most comfortable using English stirrups on English straps. Like Koolio says, the saddle is designed for a straight-ish leg and feet a bit forward, but I don't find my stirrup style changes that. As in my avatar, it works OK for me with English stirrups:



With western-style stirrups:



Good luck!
     
    09-13-2012, 10:18 AM
  #17
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Australian Horse Saddles, Tack, and Clothing from Down Under Horse Saddle Supply

A square pad would work fine. Cheap navaho blanket too. You don't need a lot of padding. That's tons of shredded wool bits under that wool felt. If she needs a little wither relief what ever worked with your english saddle will work here too. The aussie is going to be a little bigger so a smaller shaped pad might be too short. I have an over sized shaped fleece dressage pad that works fine with mine. Kind of more of a man's sized saddle pad than for what I would use on an english saddle.

I'm not much of an english rider but I was able to sit right up or take a chair seat with my aussies. Only way you're going to know is get up there and ride.
     
    09-13-2012, 10:23 AM
  #18
Green Broke
Thanks, I have to wait for a girth to be shipped :( so I won't get to try it for about another week.

I think with my new hobby of what else but tack hoarding, I will buy western stirrups for winter so my winter boots don't get stuck like in my english stirrups, use the 4 bar sometimes and I can always throw my other leathers on as well. I ride with barely my toe in the stirrups so the wide stirrup might annoy me, we will see.

And I think I will like the straight leg. Western saddles hurt my knees like no other, no freedom of movement.
     
    09-13-2012, 10:24 AM
  #19
Trained
Pads...FWIW, I like using the Wintec foam pads with mine. Or to be more accurate, my horses seem more comfortable when I do:



Most Australian-style saddles put the stirrup bar more forward than most dressage saddles because they are designed for a mild chair seat - as were most western saddles in the old days:



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Some real Australian riders campdrafting:



     
    09-13-2012, 10:26 AM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SueNH    
Australian Horse Saddles, Tack, and Clothing from Down Under Horse Saddle Supply

A square pad would work fine. Cheap navaho blanket too. You don't need a lot of padding. That's tons of shredded wool bits under that wool felt. If she needs a little wither relief what ever worked with your english saddle will work here too. The aussie is going to be a little bigger so a smaller shaped pad might be too short. I have an over sized shaped fleece dressage pad that works fine with mine. Kind of more of a man's sized saddle pad than for what I would use on an english saddle.

I'm not much of an english rider but I was able to sit right up or take a chair seat with my aussies. Only way you're going to know is get up there and ride.
Well I needed a reason to buy loads of extra dressage pads hehe. I must have an oversized pad now. When I rig saddle bags onto my dressage saddle they still sit on the pad.

Oh that looks like fun. I do plan on trying out some team penning with my old girl. I have one of those wintec foam things as well.

I'm getting pretty excited to try it, this wait for a girth is going to drive me nuts. Maybe I can find a fat horse the girth that came with it will fit lol so I can at least try it out.
     

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