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post #1 of 14 Old 11-26-2011, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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australian saddles, any thoughts?

I am buying a saddle for the first time and am thinking about buying an Australian saddle for trail riding in New Hampshire? I've ridden both english and western and I think I like the cross between the two I see in an Australian saddle
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I ride English but after riding on some really steep trails, I bought an aussie for trail riding. I love it. I did have problems with it slipping but I think my saddle pad is too thick. I feel so much more secure in the Aussie going up and down the steep hills.

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post #4 of 14 Old 11-28-2011, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hi thanks for responding. Did you try one before you bought it? What kind did you buy? Where from?
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I have an Aussie saddle as well and I love it. In a perfect world, I'd ride English but the trails I ride aren't exactly conducive to that. I also spent quite a while riding western before I got my Aussie so I've had experience with both and I can safely say that I much prefer the Aussie for trail riding.

I have a "Kimberly Synthetic Endurance" from Australian Horse Saddles, Tack, and Clothing from Down Under Horse Saddle Supply. It does take some getting used to but I haven't ever felt as secure or as comfortable in the saddle as I've felt when I ride in my Aussie. Before my Aussie came, I had actually never seen an Aussie in real life. I probably wouldn't recommend that route just because it's risky but it worked just fine for me.

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I have a Syd Hill that I love. Can't tell you how many horses I've used it on (I used it for breaking in and on race horses that just came out of the field from their 8 weeks off).

I got mine as I tried the one my co-worker had and loved it. I have my mum bringing it to Canada for me in July.

Mine is a stock saddle and not a barcoo (with horn)
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all I ever heard was "I hate them" from women, "But I have a friend and HE loves it" seems they fit men much better. I do like mine, wont ride in anything else.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-28-2011, 06:03 PM
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Aussie saddle for trails

I have also been thinking about an Aussie saddle. I am getting ready to get my own horse (!) after 20 years of riding other people's horses with their tack. My interest is in trail riding, and hopefully some trail competitions. How would you compare an Aussie saddle to an endurance saddle? Or would you?
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-28-2011, 07:10 PM
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I've found them to be comfortable, but they take a little getting used to. Not quite as clunky as some of the bigger western saddles but more secure than an english saddle.

I say, go for it. :)
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They probably weigh more than the average endurance saddle. I'd guess 25-30 lbs. Mine are both very similar in weight to my Circle Y arabian saddle. The picture in post 2 shows something I like about them: they make it easy for my legs to hang DOWN. It gives me a straighter leg than my western. The females in my family, however, all prefer the western.
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