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post #21 of 34 Old 07-20-2013, 11:09 PM
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Now that Aussie pic Tracer posted....wow. I wonder what that feels like. :) :) :)
Like an arm chair, without the arms xD I'm so peeved that it doesn't fit my horse, and I can't bring myself to sell it... So I'm buying my next horse based on saddle size I think xD It's got a 7 inch gullet, so I might need a drafty...
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post #22 of 34 Old 07-21-2013, 12:52 AM
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Like an arm chair, without the arms xD I'm so peeved that it doesn't fit my horse, and I can't bring myself to sell it... So I'm buying my next horse based on saddle size I think xD It's got a 7 inch gullet, so I might need a drafty...
LOL!!!! I like that. Buy your horse to fit the saddle. Nothing wrong with that. Hmmmmm, I have a big wide mare that would fit a 7 in gullet perfectly.

Bsms, say no more. I have 6 kiddos, and the oldest ones are almost 17, almost 15 and almost 13. Parents are clueless. She does like to sit way back doesn't she. Awww well, at least she's riding. You on the other hand would probably get along just fine on a dressage saddle. They ride with a much straighter leg than an AP or a western.
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post #23 of 34 Old 07-21-2013, 10:15 AM
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Like an arm chair, without the arms xD I'm so peeved that it doesn't fit my horse, and I can't bring myself to sell it... So I'm buying my next horse based on saddle size I think xD It's got a 7 inch gullet, so I might need a drafty...
You might want to look at some warmblood types. Most draughts I've dealt with need over 7" gullets. But you might find some smaller ones that it works for.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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post #24 of 34 Old 07-23-2013, 01:49 AM
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Wow, I am drooling over that saddle. The tooling is beautiful! I'm considering an Aussie, but I don't think I can commit to the weight of a leather one like that gorgeous one you've got :)

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Wow, I am drooling over that saddle. The tooling is beautiful! I'm considering an Aussie, but I don't think I can commit to the weight of a leather one like that gorgeous one you've got :)
Thanks! Ya know the weight actually doesn't bother me anymore at this point. After the initial shock of first getting it & hauling it around the house - I haven't really thought twice about it.

Took it on it's maiden trail ride with me on Sunday! Was MUCH more comfortable than after a ride in my western. I was able to take a deeper seat & ride out Dani's bumpy excited canter. Plus I figured out how to post without whacking myself on the poleys >.> Best part was no sore knees! My back did hurt after but that's because I think I did something to screw it up.
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post #26 of 34 Old 07-23-2013, 08:00 PM
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Took it on it's maiden trail ride with me on Sunday! Was MUCH more comfortable than after a ride in my western. I was able to take a deeper seat & ride out Dani's bumpy excited canter.
Great, now I want it even more

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You're welcome LOL. Rode for probably a good two or three hours in it today and nothing hurts. Knees are good, butt is good. Did a lot of trotting & posting so that helped. I still think the seat might be too small though :-\
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post #28 of 34 Old 07-24-2013, 03:56 AM
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Mind if I ask what seat it is and what seat you normally ride? I reeeeally have my heart set on a brown leather Down Under and have been scouring Craigslist for a used one, but I'm unsure about seat size as I normally ride English. I'm in a 16" Western now and wondering if Down Unders tend to match Western sizing.

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post #29 of 34 Old 07-24-2013, 09:25 AM
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I have a 16" Circle Y, although I almost never use it. The seat fits me, but I don't like where it forces my legs. We have a 15" Abetta...a bit tight for me, but I can ride it. We have 2 DownUnder saddles, a 17" and 18". The 17" fits me OK, but I only have about 1/4" between my thigh & the poley. The 18" is a touch big, but gives me some wiggle room.

I'd add 2" to what you ride western, but it will also depend on the angle of the cantle, how vertical you like your thighs while riding, and your technique in posting.

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post #30 of 34 Old 07-25-2013, 05:57 AM
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Sammysmom, I suggest going into a tack store and sitting in different Aussies.

I tried the 'add 2 inches to your western seat' theory when I was trying western saddles, which would mean I was a 15/16" western. Nope, even a 17 was a tight fit. Makes me very grateful that I didn't jump at the 16" western I saw online.
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