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  • Aussie saddle tight on shoulders
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    08-06-2008, 10:50 PM
Aussie/saddle opinions

Ok, another saddle post. I have a cheap Aussie that I think fits my mare pretty well, except it pinches the shoulders. It is very tight to get a hand under there when cinched up and esp. When I am mounted. And I find dry circles on her shoulders occasinally. She is a pain to fit bc she has a bit of a sway and everything bridges. Someone suggested Wintec with the adjustable gullet(I looked around and like the Wintec AP 2000 best) and I considered this, a treeless, and getting an Aussie from a company like Down Under that does wither tracings. I'd like this to be under $1000. SO, any opinions on what kind, and if I go with an Aussie, which company? Down Under seemed to have more options in my price range than Australian Stock Saddle Co, but I am leary of the quality of the DU's bc they are made in India, correct? But people say good things. I need a better saddle soon, and I can't afford to trial all of these. It is strictly for trail riding. I like the Aussie vs Western bc my knees are not sore, I can't imagine ever riding Western again. Would an AP English saddle be hard on the knees? I rode one on trails lightly YEARS ago.
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    08-07-2008, 07:52 AM
If your saddle is to tight,talk to your saddler, as saddle trees can be widened. Much cheaper than a new saddle
    08-07-2008, 08:47 AM
Cloudy, first off, if your saddle is pinching your horse's withers then it does NOT fit - not at all. The fact that your horse does not react to it is a tribute to your horse but I would stop riding until I got a saddle that fit. A tight saddle can cause all kinds of problems. Some of the problems you will see right away such as balking in the transitions or even bucking. Some take a little longer to appear and a lot longer to correct such as fistulas.

I found a site that carries a wide variety of Aussie saddles: when I tried Australian some years ago I had the Syd Hill and loved it.

BTW, in a Western saddle you may want to try turning your stirrups like the way I posted in this thread (look at my post which is the 3rd one down on page 2)

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