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        04-12-2011, 01:04 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by WildAcreFarms    
    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....

    That is what I am afraid of! :/ The saddle fitter is bringing one tomorrow for me to try.
    My arab is a big guy, though. 15.3, but still pretty short backed.
         
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        04-12-2011, 09:20 PM
      #22
    Foal
    I hate it. My friend owned one (same one in the picture above) and let my boyfriend borrow it for the summer, I found it hard to position on the horse and really heavy, it was also hard to cinch up compaired to a western. I also found the strap that goes across the seat unconfortable. The buckles to adjust the stirrups where hard and some how dug into my shins (also another rider in one of my classes had the same problem with the same style saddle). The only thing I kind of liked about it was when a horse bucked the rounded pieces on the front helped a bit from going over the top and hitting the horn, other than that personally I hate the saddle.
         
        04-12-2011, 09:49 PM
      #23
    Trained
    Aussie saddles LONG for an Arab? My horses are Arabs, and I bought one because it was only 23 inches long! It isn't noticeably longer than an English saddle, and much shorter than most western saddles.

    They are heavier than English saddles (mostly - I know DownUnder has one that weighs 13 lbs). I think around 25 lbs is typical. They have a wood and metal tree plus lots of leather, but are still lighter than a lot of western saddles (the western saddle I would like pushes 40 lbs!)

    The cinching? It takes getting used to. My Arabs are small enough that I can't convert it over to western cinching, because there just isn't enough room for the converters and the cinch and straps. I think it is easier to overtighten an Aussie cinch than an English, but that just comes with practice. I like that the motion pulls on both the saddle and cinch at the same time.

    I often ride mine using English stirrup leathers and stirrups. You can buy leather ($24) or cloth ($9) covers for the Aussie stirrup leathers. The only thing I like about the design is that the buckles are low instead of bulging at the hooks. I almost always wear cowboy boots when riding, so the boot shaft keeps the buckle from bothering my leg.

    I typically ride an Aussie saddle with English stirrup leathers with cowboy boots and a Navajo blanket, so I won't win any awards for looks - but it works well for me.
         
        04-13-2011, 02:27 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    Drea Bsms,
    My new Aussie saddle is a 19 inch rather a large stock saddle and it's seems twice the size and weight of my English which are an older jumping all around Jefferies called "The Huntsman" and a 25 year old Passier and sohn K Baum jumping saddle. Both of them are size 17.5 and they fit me fine. The passier fits the horse well and Jefferies has too small a channel between the panels.
    Both English saddles weigh about 15 to 20lbs tacked up and ready to ride. The Aussie weighs about 45lbs tacked up and ready to go. The web site claims 25lb but i'm telling you my saddle weighs almost as much as a bag of feed. :) that suckers heavy!! It bridges my mares back and sits on her loins she hollows out her back and there in no imptrint in the middle of the pad at all except at the front of flaps and the very back 3/4 inch from the cantell. Maybe its becasue it's a 19 inch as opposed to the 17.5 that I ride English. I'm ALWAYS looking for a shorter saddle with Deja casue of her short back and my big butt :)
         
        04-13-2011, 02:33 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    Ill try to post a pic of her in it so you can see what i'm talking about :) hell maybe I'm taking her up wrong in the equipment. I know very little about the Aussie. I did watch their video after they told me to get the 19 inch saddle.
    Ill post pics ans you can let me know if you see something that seems out of place. I LOVE the saddle and may keep it to train the my OTTB. She's FRESH off the track and a first "sticky"saddle might be a GOOD thing ;)
         

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