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  • girth for my australian saddle
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    07-20-2012, 12:42 PM
Green Broke
Cinch/Aussie Saddle HELP!

I am so frustrated! The story:

I do endurance riding and mountain riding. Bought a aussie saddle 5+ years ago, love it. Only issue was the girth. Not alot of selection, the felt one I bought that worked fell appart in 6 months.

Bought Lady this april. Short backed, hard to fit arab mare, otherwise perfect for me. Ordered a aussie saddle from the same shop. Quality was iffy(weird stitching, etc) but seemed to fit her and me well.

When I ordered this saddle I asked about other options for girths. They highly recomended a new felt one, So I thought I'd give it a go. It was quite expensive. Went on a couple short rides and it seemed OK, then took it on a longer ride and it rubbed my mare badly enough she needed 2 weeks off.

I spoke to the shop, and after concidering my options thought that converting it to western was the best option so I could use mohair. The shop agreed to make me a converter. I bought it and It arived this week. I got the shortest western I could find(which was quite expensive) a 26" and tried it yesterday. I would need a 22" to get it tight enough to ride in because the girth converter sits so low, which is ridiculous and not functional at all. So now I have a useless converter and an expensive cinch too short for any of my horses, which hopefully I can return.

I thought maybe If I could get the local saddlery shop to cut all the straps and restructure it with a western d it would be better, but I noticed the ring the breast collar is attached to is now pulling out of the saddle, so apparently my quality concerns were not ill founded. After only four months.

I seem to have a couple opptions.

1) ignore the ring that's coming out of the saddle, have the saddle altered so I can use a cinch, and hope that solves the problem.

2) The shop I bought it from has offered a chance to exchange the saddle. Should I do this and hope the new one fits as well? (With is option 1 and 3 apply as well)

3) use one of the girths I have, find a sheepskin sleeve and hope that gets rid of the rubbing?

Thanks for reading.
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    07-20-2012, 01:24 PM
Green Broke
I`d take the exchange for starters. You can then start afresh getting everything set to your standards and this time round it might be completely different.

I am planning on getting an Aussie saddle in the very near future so know some but not all about them. Is it a model with the overgirth? Does a regular english girth not work with the overgirth style? I thought they at least worked with the models that did not have an overgirth.

With regard to the girth converter, Pleasant Ridge Saddlery (on line) carries the aussie converters and they don't look too bad. Is that what yours looked like?

On my western saddle, I have used both felt and synthetic sheepskin style cinches on longer rides. I found the sheepskin one the better of the two so in theory sheepskin would work for you. If you are going to use a sheepskin sleeve, I should think though you need to make sure it's a close fit on the girth so that it does not twist or wrinkle 'cause we know what would happen then.
    07-20-2012, 02:52 PM
Green Broke
Is it a model with the overgirth? Does a regular english girth not work with the overgirth style? I thought they at least worked with the models that did not have an overgirth.
it has the over girth, so it only works with aussie style cinches. I could buy a overgirth that allows english girths, but I much prefer the western rigging.
    07-20-2012, 02:57 PM
Green Broke
Did you get a chance to check out the Pleasant Ridge site for its product? I know you've already coughed up for that one converter but perhaps this might be that much better.
    07-20-2012, 03:09 PM
Green Broke
The one I have is identical
    07-20-2012, 03:19 PM
Green Broke
Darn, that's too bad. Well, your sheepskin sleeve is looking better and better.
    07-20-2012, 03:42 PM
Something you MIGHT try...

Get a double ring overgirth here:

Girts and Girthing Systems

Using the one in the middle, you can attach a latigo to the ring and use it with a western cinch.

I tried that a while back, but I felt I needed to reach up too high between the flaps to tie of the rigging. I've never like just running the tongue thru the hole, although I have no basis in fact for my feeling.

You could also use the leather part with holes on the off-side and connect your western cinch to THAT, and then try tying off a latigo on the near side to see how it works (or not) for you.

If you try it, I recommend using a nylon latigo to reduce bulk. I like Aussie-stye saddles, but if I ever get another, it will be the DownUnder has a mono-flap and uses English girths.

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    07-20-2012, 05:45 PM
Green Broke
Good information BSMS.

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