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    06-15-2009, 03:28 PM
Question Australian Stock Saddles

Hello! I am an endurance rider as well as a trail rider, and I have been looking into purchasing an australian stock saddle for myself, and my mother to ride in.

Does anyone have any opinions on these? Are they comfortable? What brand should I look for?

ebay has a few for a cheap price, as well as the Kate's brand.. are these any good?

Oh, I live in Pennsylvania, USA. Most of the makers are in AU, how much would shipping approx. Cost?

Thank you!
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    06-15-2009, 03:43 PM
I have a close contact long reach and I looooooove it I have ridden english and western and in a million different saddles and I love Aussies the most. They do ride different then other saddles but it does not take long to adjust plus the stirrups are way longer than english and a tad longer than western. Also the seat sizes differently. You can find great deals on ebay try one out and if you like it you can have one made for you and your horse. I do not like the ones with horns just because they look silly but that's the only reason.
    06-15-2009, 08:14 PM
Hey there!

I live in Australia, used to own a Bates Kimberley Swinging Fender, have ridden in a TON of stock saddles, and am currently getting one custom made for me and my horse, so I know a little bit :]

Firstly - MOST of the cheap saddles on ebay are just that. Cheap, cr*ppy quality, bady fitting, so on and so forth :]

Firstly, decide if you want a swinging fender or a traditional. A swinging fender is sometimes called a hybrid, as the swinging fenders are the same/similar to the stirrup system on a western saddle. The traditional saddles have an english type stirrup set up. They are different in terms of the range if movement and support for your leg. I found the swinging fender gave a lot of support, and a fair range of movement. The traditional gives you more movement but not as much support. Another thing to consider is where the stirrup bar is hung. It can either be the 'traditional' style, which puts your leg more forward in the style of the old drovers, or the newer 'centered seat' style, which brings your leg more underneath you, in more of an english/dressage leg/seat position.

I have NEVER seen a stock saddle in Australia with a horn. A horn is only added to cater to western riders who want it. A TRUE stock saddle doesn't have a horn, it would inhibit a rider in sports such as campdrafting.

Now, the big one! Price. With stock saddles, you really do get what you pay for. Try to steer away from saddles called 'Kimberley Poley', they tend to be cheap indian imports. If you are looking on ebay, you can often find cheap second hand Syd Hill saddles, which have a good reputation in AUS.

One more thing... A lot of stock saddles out there sit you an inch or more OFF your horse. I personally hate these saddles! I prefer a close contact saddle. I like to be able to feel what my horse is doing and communicate clearly with my seat.

A lot of people on this forum have had success buying through a website, I forget the name, but they sell a saddle called the 'Longreach'. Try googling it. They aren't the quality of a lot of the good saddles here in AUS, but people on here who have bought them have been happy with them.

There is also a saddlery called 'James saddlery' who make saddles in AUS and can ship to the US, they sometimes have specials and packages available.

This is a saddle made by coopers saddlery. He makes really good saddles, pricey, but worth it. This is a good example of a GOOD quality, balanced, close contact stock saddle. He has a really good FAQ about stock saddles and swinging fender vs. Traditional, click the link above if you want to have a look.

Feel free to PM me of you want anymore information :]
    06-16-2009, 05:37 PM
Check with the "Down Under Saddle Co.", they are in CA. There are other reputable importers as well but avoid those cheap saddles. The cheap ones are typically Asian imports, the leather is poor, and the saddles are not made well.

I just sold a James saddle on ebay that cost my riding partner ~$2,200 and it only brought $600. It was in like new condition and included all the fitting, a sheepskin pad, and girth. There are some fantastic bargins out there if you know what to look for.
    06-16-2009, 06:31 PM
I actually have the cheap one from ebay. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I'm getting another one to fit my draft.
    06-20-2009, 11:57 AM
I have ridden western or bareback all my life but I bought a stock saddle after riding a friends I love it got mine at Down Under Saddle in Denver I am not sure they are still there as I left colo 9 years ago but anyway I love my stock saddle and it works great for the first saddle on a young horse as it is not as heavy as my western saddle
    06-24-2009, 12:28 AM
aussie saddles

I have purchased a saddle from Kates and it was great, yeah not high quality but my budget didn't allow for it. It was an english for my daughter and she rode it to death. I have a stock poley I got on a lark on ebay- very cheap- just to find out if I would like an Aussie, I love it!! I don't want any other kind of saddle. I take an 18" English, a 16" western and a 17" Aussie fit fine, it should fit with your thighs parallel to the poleys( with your feet in the stirrups) with only a 3/4" or the thickness of your hand between your thigh and the poley. Some people ride them tighter, some looser, the hand width tip I got from an old trail rider who had ridden them for years. I highly recommend a fleece (real sheepskin) western style seat saver and fleece leather covers- wow it is soooo comfy! I am looking forward to getting a synthetic Aussie since I am just too lazy to clean and moisturized leather. Hope this helps!
    06-27-2009, 11:10 PM
I rode a friend's Trevor James today (Northern Champion Drafter). It was great! Going to try it out again and ponder some more, but I am definitely leaning toward an aussie saddle!

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