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post #1 of 7 Old 10-25-2013, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Aussie Saddle Placement

I usually don't use anything but a western saddle, but this Aussie is the only one that fits my gelding at the moment.

Does it look like its up enough? Or up too far? I went to the Downunder website and tried to follow their guidelines.

Sorry I only have one picture.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-25-2013, 08:49 AM
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It looks like it's perched pretty high. Are you sure it's not too narrow or too much padding? It should fit behind the shoulder. If you place it over the withers and slide it back without a pad it should naturally stop in place behind the shoulder.
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That pad might be a little thick for it. I'll try it with a thinner pad and see if its too narrow. He's proving to be a difficult fit!

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-25-2013, 09:02 AM
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Remember Australian saddles fit the same as English saddles - so the only purpose of a saddle pad is to keep your saddle clean
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When your horse moves its front leg, does its shoulder blade hit against the front edge of the saddle? If so, it is too far forward. If not, it is not too far forward.

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Downunder recommended a dressage pad under the saddle we purchased from them with the same kind of panels.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-26-2013, 04:53 PM
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I think the fit looks OK (I've got a saddle like that one and it's good on my horses) with these comments: you may have too much padding (as others have said they fit like an English saddle and don't require much for padding); this style of saddle has more depth to it than an English saddle so has a bit of a tendency to look higher; and the horse's neck appears to be low conformation wise (that doesn't make him any less of a cutie) which may give a false impression of the saddle perching.
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