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    12-10-2011, 07:38 PM
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Foal
Australian saddle fit critiques please? On TWH mare *Pic overload*

I've had the saddle a week but because of rain and illness, just got to try it out today. It is just a cheapy Down Under Saddlery Synthetic endurance style Aussie, no overgirth or horn and takes a short dressage girth due to the long billets. I don't have a pad for it (yet) so actually rode without one. Other than Hope being a brat because a) she wanted to be at the barn with the others because she thought she was missing something and b) she hadn't been ridden in about 2 weeks, she rode nicely in it. Keep in mind that Aussie saddles with serge panels sit a bit high until the flocking settles, and there should be about 3 fingers clearance in the gullet, with the points of the gullet being even with the top of the withers.

She would not be still so the pics are terrible She thought she was starving to death and wanted food

BTW, This saddle has a wide tree.

















Since it is cool here she did not sweat, but I did get a good dust pattern lol!







And to show her general build. No she's not pregnant lol! Just a tad fat She is on a vet prescribed diet
     
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    12-10-2011, 07:50 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Initial impressions are it is too wide and seems to be sitting down to much in the front your horse has pretty prominent withers. But once you put a pad on and the serge panels mold a bit it may be ok. The seat appears fairly straight if you don't look at the cantle. Did you buy it from down under direct and send in a wither tracing ?
     
    12-10-2011, 07:56 PM
  #3
Trained
Looks a bit far forward to me, but it is hard to tell from pictures. Make sure you have some wither clearance with weight in the saddle. My gelding has withers that are darn near a dorsal fin, so I tend to worry more than most.

How did your horse behave?
     
    12-10-2011, 08:06 PM
  #4
Foal
Joe4d, I got it from Stateline Tack when they had their black Friday sale. Got it for $150. Couldn't resist. Not sure if I can send it to Down Under for an adjustment if I need to since I didn't buy directly from them, but as you can see from one of the pics, I was able to fit 3 fingers easily under the gullet. When riding in it I felt very balanced. Not too far back or thrown forward.

Bsms, When I ride in it I have about 2 & 1/2 fingers wither clearance. She behaved pretty well when she wasn't trying to convince me we needed to go back to the barn. Actually she rode better in it than most of the saddles I've tried so far. No pinned ears, tail swishing or refusing to move forward.
Oh, and I was thinking it might be a bit too forward so will move it back a bit when I ride tomorrow.
     
    12-10-2011, 08:09 PM
  #5
Trained
2+ fingers under saddle is fine. The horse doesn't know if it is 1 or 3...they just understand no contact.

DU charges $60 to resize a saddle - at least, that was the price a few months ago. I paid shipping to, they paid it coming back. FWIW.
     
    12-10-2011, 08:13 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by bsms    
2+ fingers under saddle is fine. The horse doesn't know if it is 1 or 3...they just understand no contact.

DU charges $60 to resize a saddle - at least, that was the price a few months ago. I paid shipping to, they paid it coming back. FWIW.
Thanks for that info.! And no, there was absolutely no contact with her withers when I rode. I was surprised at how easy it was to ride in it without a pad since I've never done that. I was slightly worried she would find it uncomfortable but she did fine, and I was worried about slippage but it stayed stable the whole ride.
     
    12-10-2011, 11:14 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Welcome to the Aussie world-those look like very comfortable stirrups-how did you like them?
     
    12-10-2011, 11:29 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
I think the fit looks good.
     
    12-11-2011, 05:11 AM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
Welcome to the Aussie world-those look like very comfortable stirrups-how did you like them?
Love them! They are wonderful if you have knee and/or ankle problems

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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I think the fit looks good.
Thanks! I appreciate your opinion
     
    12-11-2011, 09:28 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Pay for shipping I'll send yo an aussi pad that came with one of my saddles, Its just a basic wool felt.
     

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