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    06-14-2011, 12:26 AM
  #11
Trained
I meant to say - BsMs, you can get fender stock saddles that have the long flap replaced by a western fender. Often cheaper than the full flap models too, as they are considered a work saddle as opposed to a show saddle.
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    06-15-2011, 12:21 AM
  #12
QOS
Green Broke
I have owned two Aussie Saddles. One Down Under Wizzard Poley 18" with a horn and a Kimberly Stock Synthetic 19" without a horn.

I thought they were uber comfy. I had them custom fit to my hard to fit horse and I loved them. They just didn't fit my new horse. If I could, I would have another one without hesitation!
     
    06-16-2011, 11:34 AM
  #13
Weanling
Abetta makes some nice synthetic western and endurance saddles, which to me bridges the gap between western and english. Personally I would stay about from the Corduras. Here are a few:

Abetta Pathfinder Saddle - Horse.com

Abetta Endurance Saddle - Horse.com
     
    06-16-2011, 07:11 PM
  #14
Weanling
My boy has high withers and I have a big butt. Exhaustive research lead me to this: http://www.downunderweb.com/store/MI_SAD221.html

I figured I was going to lay out major coinage on a saddle. Every review of the saddle brand and Down Under gives it good marks. I'm leaning towards the black & tan.
     
    06-16-2011, 10:29 PM
  #15
Foal
Thanks everyone for the input! Looks like I have some shopping around to do :)
     
    06-17-2011, 10:03 AM
  #16
Started
Before I started showing western pleasure, I had a Wintec Stock Saddle. I loved it, comfortable and it fit my Arab mare perfectly. Don't know much about synthetic western saddles but I love my Circle Y saddle with Arab bars.
     
    06-20-2011, 03:24 PM
  #17
Foal
I'm an Aussie & the Australian stock saddle is an extremly comforable saddle. It has to be our Jackaroo's / Jillaroo's (Cowboys / Cowgirls as you call them in the US) can be in the saddle mustering for days at a time. The Australian stock saddle is sturdy, comforable & more importantly safe!
Have you ever seen an iconic Australian movie called Man from Snowy River?? All saddles used in that movie are... you guessed it Australian Stock Saddles.
Depending on your particular needs the Aussie stock saddle can either come with or without a horn or a braided leather attachment for the less confident rider.
Like with any saddle you get what you pay for so be mindful of this when purchasing...only buy from a reputable saddler, you can't go much wrong with a Bates Aussie Stock saddle or the famous & in my opinion the best of the bunch...the one & only Syd Hill Stock Saddle.
There are some Aussie Saddlers like the one in this link that also sell in the US have a look at them for a basic overview of the saddle...but be warned, once you go an Aussie made saddle you will never want to change styles ever again.
Make sure you get a saddle with the correct fitting gullet or a removeable one so that your horse will feel just as comfortable.

Information about Australian Saddles and Tack

All the best with your saddle hunting.

Rawlo
     
    06-20-2011, 04:05 PM
  #18
Weanling
Question for you, Rawlo. I'm blessed with an abundance of thigh. (that's my story and I'm sticking to it.) How close do Aussie saddles grip and will I be able to find a comfortable fit?
     
    06-20-2011, 04:36 PM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by coffeegod    
Question for you, Rawlo. I'm blessed with an abundance of thigh. (that's my story and I'm sticking to it.) How close do Aussie saddles grip and will I be able to find a comfortable fit?
There are stock saddles out there that would fit the "more comfortable around the edges" we're not all scrawney little tackers over here either...l'm no expert, nor do l know your particular measurements but a proper made stock saddle can be made to suit you it would cost a pretty penny but my old saddle was a 60yr old Syd Hill that l picked up from a dec estate it was still in great condition & so butter soft when l sold it on...l wish l still had that saddle back then l never knew its worth. For those that do find a stock saddle small or tight you may like the swinging fender style of saddle...they are somewhat of a cross between a western saddle & a stock saddle...l have never ridden in one though so can't comment on how they measure up...
Get a sizing done by a person who sells stock saddles it shouldn't cost you anything, then once you know what size to look out for you can shop around until you find one.
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    06-20-2011, 07:13 PM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Rawlo    
There are stock saddles out there that would fit the "more comfortable around the edges" we're not all scrawney little tackers over here either...l'm no expert, nor do l know your particular measurements but a proper made stock saddle can be made to suit you it would cost a pretty penny but my old saddle was a 60yr old Syd Hill that l picked up from a dec estate it was still in great condition & so butter soft when l sold it on...l wish l still had that saddle back then l never knew its worth. For those that do find a stock saddle small or tight you may like the swinging fender style of saddle...they are somewhat of a cross between a western saddle & a stock saddle...l have never ridden in one though so can't comment on how they measure up...
Get a sizing done by a person who sells stock saddles it shouldn't cost you anything, then once you know what size to look out for you can shop around until you find one.
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Thanks much! Good to know that I can find a fit if I look. We have a saddlery here in the States specializing in Australian saddles. They work closely with the buyer on fit for both horse and rider. The saddles aren't Syd Hill but they have a good reputation and seem well made. One day I'll own a Syd Hill....one day.

ETA: Color me embarrassed. You had the link to Down Under Saddlery in your post! I'm such a dork.
     

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