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    05-27-2012, 03:38 AM
Aussie Stock Saddles !

Okay so, my dad would like to buy a horse for trail riding / pleasure etc. He's been riding my horse which is a TB who is beginners if not novice horse. I've been giving him the basics such as, halt, go, turn, position and gaits etc.
I've decided on getting a Australian Stock Saddle for his new horse and we've just been looking around just to get an idea on quality and prices.

But I am an english rider and I have absolutely no idea in what to look for when buying a Aussie Stock Saddle. Can anyone give me any ideas in what to look for, what to avoid, price ranges - it is a matter of "the more you pay the better the saddle". The horse is most likely going to be ridden once or twice a week.

And sizes too, I have a 16.5 inch wintec all purpose saddle and that was for growing room as well, would he be suited to a 16.5 inch or a 17 inch, he's got an average weight and would be riding a 15hh+ horse.

Thanks :)
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    05-27-2012, 05:00 AM
Size for one thing :) I can't tell you what size saddle is needed! You will have to go to a saddlery and get him fitted to one. Theres nothing to really look at in a stock saddle if it is just to be used for pleasure saddle. I know that the Kincade make a very nice synthetic stock saddle and it is pretty cheap as well :PI haven't ridden in my Stock saddle for years so I can't really remeber what they feel like to ride in lol.
    05-27-2012, 08:52 AM
Green Broke
Wither tracing and fitment instructions for Aussie Saddles

Scroll down there is a seat size chart. That page should answer alot of your questions.
    05-27-2012, 09:42 AM
Best bet new are the saddles at DownUnder. Send a wither tracing, and they can recommend which models would fit or not, and then adjust the saddle. They are the best cross between quality and price.

I use their Master Campdraft. It feels like my Bates AP saddle to my butt, but is a lot more secure if the horse hits the fan...

Also, be very wary of used saddles. If you know the brand, OK - but there are a lot of cheap knock-offs out there.
    05-28-2012, 02:33 AM
Also he wanted a leather one, I don't think he'd really care if it was indian leather though.
    05-28-2012, 05:30 AM
Originally Posted by KnB    
Also he wanted a leather one, I don't think he'd really care if it was indian leather though.

The horse would, so would his safety. Indian leather is more likely to fall apart than properly tanned leather. Quality leather will also last WAY longer.
    05-28-2012, 10:23 AM
Indian leather would probably include a cheap tree stapled together. Pain for the horse, and probably pain for the rider as well. And when it falls apart after X months, you''ll be back in the market for a saddle...
    05-28-2012, 11:55 AM
We bought ours from Collin at Australian Stock Saddle Company.


The man knows what he is doing. He also has you send tracings of your horses back before he sends you the saddle so he can custom fit it to your horse. We've done business with him for over 10 years now and have been very happy. We've even driven out to his place with our horses once to have saddles fit to our horses right then. But that was because we took a riding vacation out that way. Good luck in your saddle search. I love mine.
    05-28-2012, 12:05 PM
Green Broke
While there are junky saddles coming out of india, I don't think it is fair to condemn all of them. The kimberly series of leather saddles have served me well. I have hundreds of miles in them and several endurance rides. Not sure where they are made but probably not Australia. The Kimberly Superior and Kimberly Trailmaster I have both seem to be decent made saddles. They fit my horses well and have been comfortable for me.
    05-28-2012, 06:37 PM
The DownUnder saddles are made in India. However, they are a large company with established supplies and with quality control.

Information about Aussies saddles and tack

You can return the saddle for 30 days, and their tree has a 2, 5 or 10 year warranty, depending on the model.

I own two. Both are used often. The leather bleeds dye for a while, and I would recommend taking a good look over the saddle when it arrives. I also shipped one back after a couple of years to resize it for a different horse. $60, done quickly and done well.

I'd love to try a genuine Australian saddle someday, but they start at around $3000 and go up fast.

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