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    12-10-2009, 01:27 AM
Australian Saddles?

I am just curious, but what in the dicken's is the purpose of Australian saddles. LOL.
I havent heard of one till this past year, and im just curious, but what are they used for, when did they become a legit saddle ? Such as made and the popularity arised.
Where do they get the design on the saddles?

Just a thought :) ?

They kind of remind me of a cross between a dressage and western saddle ! Of course I know that some have a horn, and some do not, so some can follow the western design and some may follow the english design, but why ?

If you've no idea what I am talking about... her is an image of an australian saddle /w horn
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    12-10-2009, 01:37 AM
I guess you guys don't see the purpose in the other parts of the world

But it is designed by us, for us and our terrain etc

It was developed as a more comfortable alternative to unviersal stock saddles

The deep seet - and removal of the fender created a saddle that could be ridden in- on aussie horses mostly (walers and Aus Stock horses)- all day for mustering and australian farming

In recent years the Australian Poley has decreased in popularity in its home country- so much so that on the rodeo circuit- saddle broncs can enter into challenges where they ride in a poley as aposed to a fender saddle

So as for aussie saddles they must be growing in popularity in N America- because they are dying out a bit here in Aus

Poley- syd hill ( about as Aussie as u'll get)

And the Aussie Fender saddle
    12-10-2009, 01:41 AM
Thank you :) Xivo
That does rather make sense, I have only seen about 3 out here.
That is rather a shame they are less in popularity as they once were.
But thank you very much for explaining this to me :)
    12-10-2009, 01:44 AM
No problem- glad I could help- at first I thought you were having a go at them then I realise you just didn't understand--

I still don't really understand why they are becoming popular over there? As it's a traditional saddle

Maybe they are more comfortable?
    12-10-2009, 01:44 AM
I have never actually seen one before !!
    12-10-2009, 02:06 AM
They are pretty interesting, there is one in the tack shop not far by that is for sale.

Maybe they are more comfortable, i've never tried one, I am an english saddle person lol, I like western saddle's alright but the amount of leather and the stirrup's etc make my leg feel all weird ! Annoy's me so much lol
    12-10-2009, 02:12 AM
I would disagree, I think they are becoming more popular as they are becoming better made and made with a more modern seat as opposed to the old 'stockmans seat' with your feet out in front of you!

As Xivo said, they were made for stockmen who were riding all day out in harsh terrain. Nice deep seat to be comfortable, and the knee rolls give you security for different situations - Wether it be galloping down a rocky, hole covered hill, or turning hard and fast with a cow.

Nowadays they are used as working saddle for stockmen still - And are also the saddle of choice for campdrafting and polocrosse, both very Australian sports. They are also the traditional saddle used on Australian Stock Horses - and is what the majority of ASH horses are shown in.

NO AUTHENTIC AUSTRALIAN STOCK SADDLE HAS A HORN. A horn is something that has been tacked on simply to appeal to the US market - Stockmen didn't rope calves off horses, they used transportable yards and a crush to doctor cows. A horn gets in the way of your body when campdrafting/fast stockwork out on the plains, as the traditional seat for a stockmen in fast work is a very forward, hunched seat.

Most stock saddles in the US are cheap, poor quality and badly balanced. A good quality Australian Stock Saddle is a thing of beauty and comfort... The market for custom made stock saddles is roaring in Australia - Some makers have up to a 2 year waiting list. I recently bought my own custom made stock saddle for my ASH - And I have sat in nothing that compares to it comfort wise, and it is the only saddle my horse has been comfortable in so far.

If you have a chance to, have a sit/ride in a true Australian stock saddle - Syd Hills are a better known brand but not the best. Names such as Mackellars, Coopers, Jacksons, Peter Nelsons, etc. are sinonimous with the better quality stock saddles you can get today, and many actually increase in value with age and good care. If you are interested, you can look in my archive of threads I have made and I have posted pictures of my saddle.
    12-10-2009, 02:18 AM
Indeed- check out wild spot's threads- because she actually rides in them and knows alot more about them and competes in Aust. Stock horse shows- I am much like you twister- the less of the saddle the better- and even for campdrafting and polox I compete in an all-purpose
    12-10-2009, 02:19 AM
Thank you for that wild_spot! I liked reading that -hands cookie- it is very informative :)
    12-10-2009, 02:22 AM
Originally Posted by XivoShowjumper    
i am much like you twister- the less of the saddle the better- and even for campdrafting and polox I compete in an all-purpose
i just find it SO much more comfortable, I can never get my leg's very comfortable in a western saddle compared to an all-purpose english saddle lol.
To much leather just make's me feel very odd and out of porportion

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