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  • Leg cues with australian saddle
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    07-18-2013, 12:52 AM
  #11
Weanling
Thank you bsms that actually makes sense. I flipped them around & had to like pry the latches open because they were wound through both openings - making it almost impossible to open them because of the stirrup. They still don't look totally right but the leathers are stiff & stuck how they are.

Thanks everyone! This is making me more excited to try it out tomorrow.

Mammakatja - Close! Its a 17" my barrel saddle is a 15" dressage is 17" figured aussie saddle might fit like a dressage saddle would. That and all the bajillion charts I looked at said I should go with 17" lol
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    07-19-2013, 08:18 PM
  #12
Weanling
Well, I wasn't sold after the ride with Cally yesterday. Her trot is SO big that it's difficult to sit - meaning I had to post & smack myself a couple of times on the poleys. Cantering was better. I felt like there was a LOT of saddle between me & her. My legs also had a difficult time clearing the large flaps to give signals :/ I decided though I couldn't make my decision to keep/sell on that since I didn't even buy this saddle to ride her in - this is Dani's trail saddle.

So even though Dani is supposed to be getting the rest of this month off, I saddled her up & tried it again. I didn't feel like there was as much saddle between us this time - maybe just because I knew what to expect this time around lol. Giving leg cues is still a little difficult & I had to figure out to sit a bit different. The seat also isn't as deep as I thought it would be. It's deeper than my western but not my dressage. Does that sound correct to everyone? Or is my saddle maybe too small? I debated that too. Today was a much better ride in it with Dani than Cally though so I think I'll trail test it before I really make my final decision.
     
    07-19-2013, 09:15 PM
  #13
Trained
I've never ridden a dressage saddle. My DownUnder saddle feels to my butt like my Bates AP saddle does, only with bigger flaps. I wouldn't call it a close contact saddle!

I love the poleys, probably because my mare used to spook really bad. I couldn't count the times she did a 180 or 360 with no warning, and the poleys kept my hips aligned with the saddle, and thus my butt IN the saddle. She hasn't done a 'turn & burn' in a long time, but she did try to race another horse some months back. Getting her to stop had my thighs braced against the poleys as I brute forced her to a stop. I'm not a real small guy, but she isn't a real small horse, either!

I don't hit the poleys posting, but I'm a fan of a very discrete post. I tell folks my goal is for my crotch to clear the saddle, while my jeans stay in contact.

If someone could figure out how to put poleys on my Bates jump saddle, I'd think I'd died and gone to heaven. Until then...I guess a lot comes down to what you are used to, and what you want. I love Australian saddles, but my wife & daughter won't touch them. For arena riding, I sometimes do bring out my Bates:



But the DownUnder will probably remain my go-to saddle:

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    07-20-2013, 01:01 AM
  #14
Yearling
Your Aussie doesn't have a very deep seat. My new saddle has a seat similar to yours, whereas my old saddle was similar to this one and was absolutely amazing.



It also doesn't sound right that you were hitting the poleys when you were posting. It could just be the fact that you're not used to them, or the saddle could be too small.
     
    07-20-2013, 01:46 AM
  #15
Yearling
I don't hit my poleys when I post a trot. I'm not a person with a really big post, though, either. When I'm sitting in the saddle, theres about a finger and a half of clearance between my leg and the poleys.

It definitely isn't close contact, but you can buy a girth converter to make it a bit more discrete I believe. I can't tell you if the seat deepness is right compared to an English, but for Western it's about right. I personally love the seat- my old saddle just killed my knees. This one I'm good in!
     
    07-20-2013, 03:14 AM
  #16
Weanling
I think part of smacking the poleys was me getting used to them. I probably also have the over-exaggerated post at times (and Cally has a BIG bounce to her trot). I'll have to post pictures of me actually in the saddle to see if it looks correct to everyone else. Where I'd like my stirrups shoves my legs right next to the poleys. Where I think they should be gives me the more relaxed dressage type leg with space from the poleys. I just tried the shorter stirrup for a bit at the start with Dani then took them back down.

That's exactly why I got this saddle Shoebox lol. My western just kills my seat bones & knees. I'm far more comfortable in my dressage but for trails I do like the stability of having a horn & bit more around me (which what attracted me to the aussie with the poleys). I'm going to try switching the stirrups to english ones & see if that's more comfortable for me. The ones it came with have a tendency to slide around a bit.
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    07-20-2013, 11:00 AM
  #17
Yearling
It's funny that you mention how much you like your dressage saddle for trails. The saddle I'm picturing here is my Crosby dressage saddle. I bought it on a whim on Ebay as I stumbled across it with like 2 min and the price was really good. I've ridden westerns and my Stubbens all my life but was always curious what a dressage saddle even feels like and how does it differ from an AP other than the obvious. OMgoodness, this thing is by far the most comfortable. The deep seat is awesome and mine is old! I've seen more updated dressage saddles with even deeper seats. Like I said, I haven't been able to compare it to an Aussie since I haven't found one of those in my size on a whim on Ebay, LOL, but as of right now I probably prefer this dressage saddle for trails as well. I bet it is just a matter of getting used to it though. Just gives ya an excuse to do more riding. ;)

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    07-20-2013, 02:47 PM
  #18
Green Broke
That dressage saddle is really nice & I'll bet it's pretty light, also.
     
    07-20-2013, 08:09 PM
  #19
Yearling
It is super light. And I like it because it's a little unique with the flap strap that I needed to find a 3 buckle dressage girth for. I feel more secure in this one than my suede seat stubben imperator. Now that Aussie pic Tracer posted....wow. I wonder what that feels like. :) :) :) I would love to see a picture of you in your new one SketchyHorse. :)

Just out of curiosity, bsms, why do your wife and daughter not like the Aussies?
     
    07-20-2013, 08:35 PM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by mammakatja    
...Just out of curiosity, bsms, why do your wife and daughter not like the Aussies?
Although we were both stopped in this picture and I was leaning forward, notice the difference in the angle of our thighs. I think that is the reason - my daughter in particular likes to ride with a severe chair seat, while I like my thighs more vertical. Trooper (the Appy) is the only horse she is willing to ride, and he doesn't seem to mind, so I've given up trying to correct her. Besides, she is 15, so I'm obviously incapable of knowing anything useful...



     

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