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post #11 of 21 Old 05-18-2010, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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WOW, that's alot to take in...everyone I've spoken with doesnt seem fond of the australian saddle, in any way, shape or form, but I think if I find the right fit for myself and the horse, it might be my style...dang, sounds like I need to hire myself a personal saddle fitter/shopper for this dilema...
Thanks for all the advice guys,ill keep you posted, the tack store I use lets you 'try' their saddles for like a week or so, so we shall see what they can help me with...
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post #12 of 21 Old 05-18-2010, 05:43 PM
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They take a lot of getting used to - It took me maybe a month to be completely comfortable in my saddle. Rising trot is the hardest but once you get the hand of it you'll be fine.

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I used to ride my hanno gelding in one, and LOVED it! I put my husband (whose a VERY green rider) in one on a QH and he loved it too. It is our preferred trail saddle. The positives of both english and western merged into a lovely saddle.
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post #14 of 21 Old 05-18-2010, 10:13 PM
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Make sure you don't get a cheap one because they can be pretty uncomfortable and not very well made.

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post #15 of 21 Old 08-17-2010, 04:18 AM
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wild spot: fantastic pics!! I've been looking for some info about stock saddles and it's all been pretty much answered by your few posts and pics.

One question...I'm a dressage rider and used to a long straight leg in the saddle. One thing I've read about some types of stock saddles is they tend to have a forward stirrup placing on the tree giving the rider a chair seat. For their purpose of traveling long distances over rough terrain, this seems very logical. However are there any types or perhaps brands or makers that veers from that?

I have tried one syd hill on my high whithered warmblood and it was a disaster. I am hoping it was just the one saddle he objected to. However, the panels were rock hard! Is that normally how they are delivered? I could not imagine these flocked panels would conform to his back as hard as they were. To me, they seemed over stuffed, but it was a new off the shelf saddle....hmmm...???
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I absolutely love my stock saddle. I got it for cheap ($800) but it's fantastic quality. All genuine leather and pretty much brand new. I still haven't broken it in yet but once I do it'll be great! I ride mainly English but every so often I'll chuck my stock saddle on my gelding and just go and have some fun. He enjoys that saddle much more then my english and it's defiantly more secure! (I'll be trail riding and what not in it)
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post #17 of 21 Old 08-17-2010, 05:38 AM
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Rumba,

More saddle makers are now making saddles with stirrup bars set further back, more 'centered' on the tree, to cater to the more classical dressage seat. My saddle is one of them - though they aren't quite as far back as dressage bars, they are far more centered than the more 'traditional' set up.

Syd Hills are widely regarded as good saddles - however I personally don't like them! The panels aren't shaped well for the back and concentrate the pressure on a smaller area - compare the flatter panels on my saddle that contact the back the entire length of the saddle. I also think they put a lot of bulk between you and The horse.
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Wild spot, I noticed your panels look nice and flattish....the syd hill I tried had two nice round (and hard!!!!) sausages. Hmmm.....
My problem is my pone is hard to fit so I've been trying local to this continent first.
How did you like your Bates Kimberly? Oh and, what kind of back did the horse have that you fit it on? I need a slightly curvy (not quite banana) tree and most fitters have suggested staying away from Wintecs so I've been hesitant to try the Bates in the case that its tree is too similar to the Wintec tree.
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mm we have a syd hill and it does create alot of space between the horse and rider, its not the best fitting saddle either. I've never actually ridden in it so I can't say anything about comfort.
I love my wintec stock, fits so many horses and is so comfy! I don't have the chair seat problem either, sometimes I use it for flatwork even, instead of my dressage saddle for whatever reason that day. I suppose you may have to work a little harder for that classical seat as it doesnt give the support a dressage saddle has but its definitely doable.
Imo its a great everyday type saddle, easily cleaned and is very light weight.

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Wild spot, I noticed your panels look nice and flattish....the syd hill I tried had two nice round (and hard!!!!) sausages. Hmmm.....
My problem is my pone is hard to fit so I've been trying local to this continent first.
How did you like your Bates Kimberly? Oh and, what kind of back did the horse have that you fit it on? I need a slightly curvy (not quite banana) tree and most fitters have suggested staying away from Wintecs so I've been hesitant to try the Bates in the case that its tree is too similar to the Wintec tree.
I loved my bates - however it was a lot like sitting in an armchair and not on a horse! Supremely comfy but I couldn't feel much through it. I know others with them who love them despite that so maybe i'm too picky! They are very secure.

You won't know about the tree until you try one on - Also have alook at older saddles as i've found the Wintec trees have changed shape over the years. I have one quite bendy wintec 500 and one quite flat wintec 500.

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