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    04-07-2011, 11:51 PM
Green Broke
I attached a pic of my saddle-& keep in mind, besides riding in it for so long-I bought it used!I can't remember ever coming off a horse when I've used this saddle & I can't say that for any other saddle!
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    04-08-2011, 12:07 AM
Green Broke
I bought an 18" Down Under Wizzard Poley and a 19" Kimbery Stock Saddle for my former horse, Red. OMG are they every comfortable. I love them.

Unfortunately, they didn't really fit Biscuit. They were ok as long as he was under weight as he is built totally different than Red. I custom ordered an Alleghany Trail Saddle for Biscuit and prayed that it would be as comfortable as the Wizzard Poley. The last time I rode in it was 2 weekends ago and it was comfortable for the 3 hour ride. I rode the Wizzard for 5 months last year and 3 months this year. I rode the Stock for 7 months last year so I have ridden them about the same amount of time. I like both of them. The Wizzard's leather is nice...the Stock is a black hornless synthetic.

I loved that they didn't torque my knee!!

Thank God my new saddle is comfortable - I like it but I will always have a soft spot for an Aussie!
    04-08-2011, 01:20 AM
Originally Posted by corinowalk    
bsms, we have the same saddle only mine is in brown tones. The leather on mine is fantastic. I bought it used and it is obvious that it was meticulously cared for. The leather is super soft. ...
I think mine will get softer with time. I've only had this one 3 months, and it absorbed a fair bit of Passier Lederbalsam today. Mine may have spent some time in the store - had that happen with a Bates I bought as a store demo...leather was stiff and dry when it arrived, but it is now just right.

I love the design of the saddle. Narrower twist than my western, deeper and more secure than my Bates...good saddle. Wish I could afford an Australian made saddle, but I'm still waiting to discover oil in my back yard...
    04-08-2011, 01:30 AM
I'll help you dig if you split it! *laugh*

I think Aussies make great trail saddles. DownUnder is a good place to buy from mostly because they do wither tracings on all their saddles.
    04-08-2011, 10:32 AM
Green Broke
Thanks again for all the help on this, especially Cori. :)
    04-08-2011, 07:18 PM
Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
It's the saddle I'm jumping in at the left-I've had it on many different horses of all shapes & sizes. I wouldn't trade it for anything!
You can jump in an Aussie saddle?? Don't the poleys get in the way??
    04-11-2011, 06:05 AM
They are like any other saddle in that you need to get one that fits.
There are two different styles - one is a swinging fender and one is the traditional style Once again depends on your preference. My daughter loves the swinging fender and I far prefer the other.
I've been lucky in that I could buy one straight off the shelf (or secondhand as I did) but daughter had to have one specially made for her hard to fit horse. It didn't cost anymore to get it done specially than to buy it new off the shelf.

Also if you want a good stocky then make sure it is Australian made in Australia because a few Aussie manufacturers also get a cheaper version made in India. Same pattern but cheaper and never seem to fit as well. If you can afford it definitely the dearer option is better.

Oh, and be careful with the sizing. It is different to the english saddles - not sure about the westerns
    04-11-2011, 07:54 AM
Well I can add to this topic as I am from Australia and have a saddlery here - Stay away from Marshall Poley saddles as they are made in India - The best Stock saddles are made from RMWilliams and made here in Aussie, also the Northern Champion Drafter from James Saddlerly - The Syd Hill Stock Saddle, and the Southern Cross Poley Muster Master - these are all made from our top Australian leather and will last forever - all the gullets can be changed to fit your horses shape by a quailfied saddler. The Aussie stock saddle was a saddle for rounding up cattle and sheep and we needed the security of the seat and the ears to keep us in the seat when dealing with wayward stock and sharp turning horses. I have ridden in one for years and would never train a youngster without one as you really stay in the saddle - plus they are comfortable for long rides as a good Stockie will place your legs in the correct and most comfortable position for long rides in the saddle - I have jumped in mine with no problems - I hope this helps with your search.
    04-12-2011, 01:55 PM
I have a synthetic one for sale. It's black and only been used twice for about 30 min each time. I'd like to get 175. Or close to that (i'ts like brand new) it's black synthetic with the clingy type seat. It has med tree and horn and it's a size 19 medium. I LOVE this saddle it's very "grippy" to your legs and it definitely helps when riding a green horse or one that spooks easily. The ONLY reason I'm selling it is that it's too long for my short bodied Arab mare. I really like the Aussie style of riding. You can find great deals on Ebay. The saddles from down under (which this one is) can be custom fitted to almost any horse (except one that is too short backed to fit the size saddle). This saddle sells new for 350. Or 375. If you buy a saddle new from down under saddle company they will custom fir it for you for free I believe. But they charge about 150. More then you can get the saddles for on
If you car looking for a deal try ebay they are really cheap there.
    04-12-2011, 02:00 PM
They are really nice and very secure seating. Ride exceptionally well IMO be very careful about buying one for an Arab though as they tend to be short backed and the Aussie saddle I have is pretty long....

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