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    02-16-2011, 12:23 PM
Can I remove the horn...?

I want to buy this Australian saddle (it's used)

Buuut it has a horn. Is there any possible way to remove it? It's the right seat size, the tree would fit my gelding, but the horn!
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    02-16-2011, 12:50 PM
I've seen some butcher jobs on removing the horn. My advise would be to either find a different saddle or live with the horn - much more cost effective.
    02-16-2011, 02:41 PM
Green Broke
You could try looking around for someone who knows how to repair saddles as they might beable to do it properly and so it doesn't look like a hack job.
It also depends on how the horn is fixed as many are made of metal & so it would be difficult to simply cut it off.
    02-16-2011, 03:02 PM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
I've seen some butcher jobs on removing the horn. My advise would be to either find a different saddle or live with the horn - much more cost effective.
And it wouldn't ruin it for resale
    02-16-2011, 03:42 PM
Too many aussies out there without horns to ruin one with a horn by hacking it off. Find that saddle without and you will be much happier.
    02-17-2011, 02:08 AM
Consult with a saddler- it may be possible.
    02-17-2011, 02:25 AM
Real stock saddles(you call them aussies?) don't have horns anyway, a saddler might remove it for you but you canprobably find a better one without it.
    02-17-2011, 02:41 PM
Don't know what size you are looking for but I am helping a friend look for a horse and ran across this ad.
Australian saddle
    02-17-2011, 07:49 PM
Remove the horn is not a cost effective move. The horn is metal and it's bolted to the tree, or maybe even welded as I'm not familiar with the construction of an aussie. If you trail ride then you'll appreciate the horn for carrying horn bags.
    02-17-2011, 07:54 PM
I don't mind the horn per say, but I've enjoyed riding without it. Pretty much forces me to focus even harder on balancing with my seat in legs, versus using a horn as a crutch.

I was quite interested, as it was cheap ($100) and would fit both me (16" seat) and my horse (wide tree). I think I missed it though, I couldn't get up there to pick it up yesterday and there was a gent looking at it this afternoon. He'd be crazy not to buy it I originally emailed on it for my dad, he wants an Aussie but with a horn. I have no idea why, he's an excellent rider and doesn't use it anyways. All the hornless Aussies I've e-mailed on so far have been 18" seats. I have one with an 18" seat...but it also has no horn.

I'll keep that in mind though, if theres a horn, it's staying put. No matter how much I like or dislike it

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