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    09-04-2011, 02:45 AM
Australian saddle

I ride my mare mostly English, but we love to trail ride also and I usually use my western saddle then. However, it doesn't fit Amber that great. I've been thinking about buying an Aussie saddle. I've heard they fit the horse more like an English saddle than western. Is that true? I've been looking at down under saddlery and I love their fitting program! The saddle I like is only $300 so the price is right too. I'm more of an English girl than western, so does it sound like an Aussie saddle would be a good fit for us?
Also, if I do buy a new saddle I'll be selling my western one. It's a Wintec trail and not even a year old. I would be selling 2 pads, a girth, and breastcollar with it. Everything still looks new. Any ideas how much I should sell it for? I honestly have no clue. Thanks in advance!
EDIT: the second saddle down on this page is the one I'm looking at:
This is my western saddle that I would sell:

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    09-04-2011, 02:51 AM
Yes, an aussie saddle fits more like an English saddle than it does like a western. It's because of the stuffed panels, I believe. I've found that it's much easier to fit an aussie saddle to a horse than a western saddle. My old gelding (who was 3/4 arab 1/4 saddlebred and a PITA to fit a saddle to) fit perfectly in an aussie saddle. I had literally eight saddles on him in less than two months and only the aussie saddle I tried even remotely fit (but, because my friend who was helping me didn't know anything about aussie saddles, she said that it DIDN'T fit).

I just bought an aussie saddle for Aires. It was used and on consignment at a local tack shop for $250. Tried it on him and loved the fit and look, so offered $125 (it'd been there a while). The sellers took my offer, so I have a pretty "new" aussie saddle! I love the comfort of the saddle (western saddles always hit my butt bones). I feel like it throws me forward, though, but I think that's because I'm so used to western saddles which have a completely different feel.
    09-04-2011, 02:57 AM
Thanks! I think I'm definitely going to call this week and order a saddle. Winter is almost here and I need to get ready for trails! I'm so excited that I think I've finally found a solution to the tack fitting headache.
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    09-04-2011, 07:43 AM
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Aussi saddles are like any other the trees come in different shapes and sizes, so before you call email a wither tracing, heart girth measurment and pictures of your horse to downunder, along with your height weight , jean size and inseam and shoe size. They are great and an extra hour gathering this info will get you a great fitting saddle.
    09-04-2011, 11:05 PM
I have a friend who has a nice aussie for sale for 175 . Its black. I bought an aussie and its pretty much the only thing I ride in now. I can get pics from her and find out shipping if you are interested.
    09-05-2011, 12:10 AM
Originally Posted by christyml    
I have a friend who has a nice aussie for sale for 175 . Its black. I bought an aussie and its pretty much the only thing I ride in now. I can get pics from her and find out shipping if you are interested.
Thank you but I'd really like to buy from Down Under Saddelry. Amber is really hard to fit a saddle to and I want to make sure it's very comfy for her.
    09-08-2011, 12:36 PM
Aussie saddles are an evolution of an English saddle, just designed for trail riding. Usually when someone feels like they are being thrown forward it might be due to the saddle not being level. Check to see if your pommel (not any horn if so) and cantle are level.
As for your Western saddle they seem to be going for about $150.00 on ebay with no bids. So locally you might want to try for about this much and then offer it for lower if you don't get any takers right away.
    09-09-2011, 03:12 AM
Like the others have said, they are like the platypus version of a saddle when it comes to the tack world.

I enjoy riding Aussies myself, namely because they have certain aspects of both saddles mixed into one. I like English stirrups, preferred to Western, and I like the fact that you can get western type stirrups that have the safety of them being released if you happen to be dragged.

Some Aussies have a pommel, or a horn. They have a seat like an english saddle, but the end of it is raised which make it comfortable and helps your posturing. The overall look is that of a dressage saddle, but depending on what you get, it's got [I think] the better part of both saddles.
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    09-09-2011, 03:32 AM
I had Sky in an Aussie.. it's very secure and definitely fits more like an english saddle, but it does put your feet in a chair position because it's how the saddle was designed (for Australian ranchers and their scary jobs...) You can basically do flat in it, sitting trot was very messy for us and it wasn't as smooth as my saddle now, you can trail in it... and that's about it. It's great for safety reasons, or if you are going very long distances because it's both comfortable and durable..

But honestly I am glad I went back to my English saddle.. I feel so much safer, smoother, I can FEEL my horse underneath me rather than this huge bulk of leather and synthetics, I love my English stirrups and leathers WAY better, When I post on my English, I can really work my legs to stay where they are rather than using the little 'ears' on the Aussie and having my inner thighs whacked :P Eventually I stopped posting all the way up, just partly so I didn't touch the ears.

It's good for a nervous rider/horse or an unbalanced rider/horse to learn things like cantering or posting (not sitting trot...bleh!!) but other than that.... I wasn't so happy. Also the girth my Aussie came with had no elastic.. it's just leather on synthetics. I don't know if anyone else has the same girth, but urgh... no give besides a mm from the leather? I didn't like that at all..
    09-09-2011, 12:23 PM
I agree that you have to modify your post, but I can jump (two point) and post in my Aussie saddle. Mine is a close contact saddle so my communication level is quite close to what I have in my English saddle. My knees definitely appreciate the more chair like position, after an injury to my ACL its the only saddle that I can ride in for more then an hour.

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