Fitting an Aussie Saddle

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    04-14-2008, 10:52 PM
Fitting an Aussie Saddle

I got interested in Australian saddles after being tossed last month. I grew up riding western and have a western saddle that fits my horse perfectly and me poorly. I'd sat on an Aussie saddle before and liked it.

I started checking out Aussie saddles on craigslist using tracings of my big old quarter horse. I found a pretty cheap almost unused 17" stock saddle. It seems reasonable quality and isn't just for a skinny withered horse.

It's quite comfortable but I'm wondering if it is too small. When I sit in it the tops of my legs lightly touch the polleys. When I try to apply pressure with my knees I find my knees pressing air. As I apply pressure my legs go into the polleys and push my knees out. I found I could manage to get my knees to touch by sitting high and back on the saddle which isn't exactly practical. I'm thinking I need an 18" or larger.

Any members with Australian saddle care to share an opinion. Not being able to touch my horse with my knees might make my horse happy but I'm not so happy.

Sedalia, CO
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    04-16-2008, 04:28 PM
Sitting in an Aussie saddle is very different.

It is generally 2 sizes larger than your Western seat and a size smaller than your English seat.

Maybe this will explain it better, on how to make sure the measurement it right for you and your horse and to make sure the saddle is resting correctly on your horses back.
    04-22-2008, 11:44 PM
I'm not sure about measurements, but I own a stock saddle as well as a few other english saddles, and the seat in the stock saddle is very different. You carry your legs a bit more forward and your weight a bit more on your bum, as you would if you were spening the whole day mustering etc...
It's good that your legs lightly touch the knee rolls, they keep you secure.
As long as your not falling out the back and your knees still sit on the leather of the saddle and not in front, it's not majorly too small.
It really is a different way of sitting/riding, and you will have to get used to it. If you are still uncomfortable after riding in it for a while, then maybe try other saddles, as there are many different types, ie. Drafter, fender etc...

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