Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Well, I have the DownUnder Master Campdraft. They recommended it as having an English feel to the seat, and being OK for a horse with tall withers. One of the things I like about it is that it allows me to wrap my legs around my mare, which helps when she practices her sideways jumps.
I would call the folks at DownUnder and talk with them about your needs. In the end, buying a saddle via the Internet is always a gamble, but there are not a lot of places that sell Australian saddles.
Also, while I like the Australian saddle, they aren't very light. An Abetta saddle is much lighter than a DU leather saddle. My Circle Y saddle may be heavier, but not by much - maybe 10 %.
For sizes, I use a 16" western, and have both a 17" and 18" Australian. The 17" is a little small for me, but I've ridden it quite a bit anyways. The 18" is probably a bit big, but it is my primary saddle and the only one I use riding my mare off property.
Oh - and to add to the confusion, my wife & daughter hate Australian saddles, while I love them. Sorry my post is like reading a lawyer's advice, full of maybes!
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)