I *LOVE* mine and although I still ride "English" in it (yes, post), I don't think I'll ever go back to an English saddle.
Hate the horn, but I hate all horns. Just ripped my BRAND new winter riding tights on it. Horse unexpectledly jumped a stream last wk and my shirt caught on it as well. My 8yr old loves the horn...I'm thinking of sawing it off lol.
It's an adjustment in seat from a regular English, but it's so, so comfortable and you feel so secure with the poleys - you're not going anywhere! I ride mostly trails these days, with my stirrups a little longer but not Western or Aussie position.
I have serious back and hip problems and I absolutely wouldn't be able to ride (as LONG and as well) as I can in this saddle. It feels tall, and the high cantle is a lot to swing over, but it also definitely supports my back as I ride.
Buying Aussie was an experiment that changed my riding life. Don't think I'll ever go back to regular English.
I also love my aussie! I rode in an English saddle all my life and find that an aussie feels very similar, only more secure and comfortable. They distribute your weight further forward on the horse, like an English saddle, so you can still post, jump, do all the same things. Mine does not have a horn. You can also order custom fit ones from the Australian Stock Saddle co. Some of the synthetic ones come with removable bars in different widths so you can adjust it to any horse (theoretically). If you can borrow one from someone and try it for a while you will probably be hooked, like I was!
Ohhhh thanks for the pics!! You guys are awesome for all the info too! I think I'm going to try and sell my dressage saddle and get one :) now I have to decide if I want the horn or not...horns have always scared me lol I always think I'm going to get stuck on them or something haha!
Gosh I want it so bad now! I'm like doing all these numbers in my head to see if I can just order it now then sell my dressage when it gets here Posted via Mobile Device
They recommend their merino wool endurance pad because of the saddles close contact fit...I absolutely love my back on track pads though, think it would be at all harmful to just use my dressage back on track pad? Well...unless saddle doesn't fit on it of course. I mean if the saddle fits him I would think the pad I use shouldn't matter as much (as long as its not like super bulky making the saddle too tight) right?
Like English saddles, the Aussies don't normally need a great deal of padding in the saddle pad (the saddle takes care of that). Therefore, you can probably get by with pretty much any type of pad (particularly the dressage ones). Depending on the style you get, some saddles have longer flaps than others so you have to put up with some of the flap touching the horse directly. Not that I'm pushing my style of saddle which is the one you're looking at (mine is hornless by the way - I like trail riding and there's plenty of places to tie stuff on it without the need of a horn) but it has a more normal length of flap on it.
Oooh, can I post pics of mine too?! I got it because my Western was too huge and it absolutely killed my knees. I ended up getting the DownUnder Wizzard Poley and I absolutely LOVE it. I won't go back to Westerns - this one is just too darn comfortable.
Here it is on my draft cross. As you can see, a plain cheap Dressage pad is sufficient underneath it. It fits her like a GLOVE because of the custom wither fitting. Also attached is a pic of about how far your legs should be from the poleys. I have no problem posting a trot in it whatsoever, and it's a great bracer for an unexpected spook.
Ohhh awesome pics! Thank you for sharing! Your mare's soooo cute haha, the saddles really pretty too! I'm thinking of the cheaper synthetic version they have :( If I really like it then I'll maybe upgrade later on just right now I can't spend too much! I got a wither tracing tonight though so now just have to suck it up and place my order!