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    07-26-2012, 08:58 PM
Australian Saddle Experiences.

Have you guys ever owned an Aussie saddle and what were your experiences with it?
I bought one six months ago because it looked absolutely beautiful online, but I have been very disappointed with it. I have been training my young horse and he has tendencies to get a little out of control and I thought the poleys would be bigger and secure me more into my seat but they are very small [stick out like one inch] and if I hit them it is actually painful.
On top of this, I was told that aussies were great for thick horses and it hardly fits my appy.

I love how the saddle looks though, it is so pretty, I almost don't want to get rid of it just so I can look at it from time to time, haha.

What do you guys think?
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    07-26-2012, 09:27 PM
Depends on who made the saddle. I've never heard of an Aussie-style saddle with 1" poleys.

My experience...when the horse hits the fan, I want to be in an Aussie-style saddle.

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    07-26-2012, 09:35 PM
Green Broke
May I ask where online you got it? Was it new and if so did the company request a whither tracing to size the saddle?
    07-27-2012, 12:44 AM
Bsms your saddle and horse are both beautiful! Your poleys look tons bigger than mine, that's really the kind of aussie that I want, something that really holds you into the seat.
And I did a big saddle buying no no and got it off of craigslist and had it shipped to me. I looked it over and don't see and brands or markings on it either.
    07-27-2012, 01:27 AM
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I loooove my Aussie saddle.
It's so comfortable and, like bsms said, when the horse hits the fan, there's no saddle I want to be in more than an Aussie-type one.
My one complaint is that my Arab mare is the widest thing ever and even though the Aussie is "wide", it's still a smidge too narrow. However, it fits perfectly when she's in shape so it's really extra motivation to keep her fit, I guess.
Mine is a "Kimberly Synthetic Endurance" from DownUnder Saddlery:

[excuse how awkardly she's standing, stopped her while she was walking up a steep hill, haha]

And this one kinda shows how darn wide she is, plus the saddle:

Can you post pictures of yours? I'm intrigued. :)
    07-27-2012, 01:45 AM
Green Broke
OP, I don't suppose you could provide pictures of your saddle? If this saddle is not quite right for you then you probably should consider another one. Have you visited the Downunder Australian Saddle Co web site? They have a clearance section and you can get some decent deals there.

Wallaby, what size is your saddle? I like the look of it.
    07-27-2012, 01:51 AM
OP, there are lots of cheap, poorly made Aussie saddles out there (most of them don't have any form of branding but some of the 'budget' branded ones are just as awful IMO). I love a good Aussie saddle, seriously considering getting one for Brock if I end up keeping him, because they're more secure than a dressage saddle, without being as big and different as a Western saddle. I'd definitely want one with nice big poleys
    07-27-2012, 02:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Chevaux    
Have you visited the Downunder Australian Saddle Co web site? They have a clearance section and you can get some decent deals there.

Wallaby, what size is your saddle? I like the look of it.
Thanks! It's a 17, I believe.
I love it so much. I had never seen an Aussie saddle in real life, let alone sat in one, before I bought that saddle last fall but after the first ride I was so sold.
I used to be really afraid of Lacey tripping (she's extremely vision impaired due to Moon Blindness and I do my best to guide her but she still trips at times) but that saddle is so secure that spooks/trips don't freak me out anymore. It's great!

Speaking of the DownUnder clearance section, that's where I got my saddle ($70 off due to a small cosmetic cut to the back of the saddle - sewed it up with thick brown thread and it's not noticeable anymore!) and I have no complaints. Definitely look into that.
There's actually one there right now (just looked), like mine only in black and with a horn, for $199 because the billets were done a little wrong. However, all their saddles come with girths soooo they'll send you the right girth and the manufacturing issue shouldn't be a real problem. :)
    07-27-2012, 02:11 AM
*just feels like a really proud Aussie at the moment*
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    07-27-2012, 02:13 AM
Green Broke
I'm going to get an Aussie sooner than later -- just need to get my act together and get it ordered before the summer is gone.

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