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post #11 of 27 Old 01-07-2009, 08:33 PM
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Yay Toowoomba! Represent!

I had no idea that something from Toowoomba sold internationally!!
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post #12 of 27 Old 01-07-2009, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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It is very helpful.....tyvm! especially the tip about the clearance saddles. I could save up the money to buy a really expensive one or take out a loan...but im not even sure if im gonna like the aussie saddles or not (since ive never even ridden on one)..plus once I get some riding confidence and get the buck out of Major, i may give the english saddle a try (most people say they are ideal for gaited horses). Anyway, Im seriously considering the Down Under longreach with the horn or the rideabout endurance. this is it here RideAbout Endurance click on that and scroll down
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I love the fact that the Down Under Saddle supply company will allow you to send it back within the first year to get the size adjusted if necessary for free. thats one of the reasons why im leaning toward getting a saddle from them.
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Since you've never ridden in one, do you know anyone who has one you can ride in? Personally I don't find it difficult at all to post to the trot, as I ride english as well, it just takes some getting used to. They put you in a bit of a different seat, so at first it will feel very weird!

If you get one with a horn, you should write here and let me know what its' like... I think the horns are only put on for sale to you guys, because I have never EVER seen anyone here riding in a stock saddle with a horn.

There's something about the rideabout endurance I don't like... I can't really tell what, it may be that it doesn't seem very true to the stock saddle type... But that's just me. Good luck with whatever you choose!

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hey you know more about them than me....wich is why im posting before I buy. ok...about the saddle horn thing....then reason im thinking I need one as embarrasing as it is, is because Major still has a little buck in him and im thinking I may need something to hold on too which is why im buying aussie saddle instead of english...nothing to hold on too
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post #16 of 27 Old 01-07-2009, 09:54 PM
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I've ridden just about every type of saddle you can think of, english, western, aussie, dressage, mcClellan, and endurance being the big ones. Aussies are a good mix. I won't touch on types because there have beeen good posts on that and I ride whats available. But the deep seat , like western and dressage does allow for more comfort and control when riding, and enable longer time in saddle. The leg positioning and lack of horn, as well as cantle design is more english/dressage like and gives you closer contact to the horse, meaning you move less to cue the horse. That saves energy and means there is less chance your horse will go hard to leg and body cues. It develops your balance better because they'll feel everything. Its a forgiving saddle for beginners and still allows advanced riders to get alot out of it.

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sounds like the kind of saddle in need. im a beginer rider, still working on cues and balance. maybe i should fork out the extra $ and go ahead and buy a really good one.

oh yeah and a correction to one of the posts above: I said I had been looking at the out back longreach....but it was the outback legend...not that I wont take into consideration the longreach....but I havent really looked at it yet lol sorry for the typo
I guess ive looked at so many saddles im walking around dazed and confused now lol

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post #18 of 27 Old 01-07-2009, 10:22 PM
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ha ha thats ok, it gets a bit overwhelming! If you think you will have it for a while, I would say definately go for the more pricey but excellent quality saddle. I didn't notice, are the saddles off downunder.com made in Australia and shipped, or made in the US? In regards to the horn... Nothing to be embarassed about! However, if you do decide to go for the more expensive and quality saddle, you might not find one with a horn, as they are not traditionally made with a horn. However, they all have D rings so it is as simple as attatching a monkey strap, or even an old cavesson noseband onto the D rings at the front, and viola, an instant handle :]

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post #19 of 27 Old 01-07-2009, 10:26 PM
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Here is quite a nice looking half breed stock saddle, that sounds like it would do well for trails and your requirements. Custom made in Australia and they have a promotion giving you free freight and insurance to the US. Definately a good bargain and worth a look. The last saddle on the page is the one I'm thinking of for you. Called the SANTA MK III REVOLVER

http://www.jamessaddlery.com.au/promotions.htm

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post #20 of 27 Old 01-08-2009, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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rofl about the monkey grip . I will probably need one. the saddle you have posted is a beautiful saddle! if i had the money I would buy it today. $2100 dollars though...thats gonna take a few extra shifts. that is the nicest saddle I have seen yet. If I decide to go with a high quality saddle...that will be the one I buy.
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