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post #11 of 14 Old 08-08-2012, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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I would have never have thought of that as a flat back. I guess I'm used to looking at my old chunk of a QH.

Just took a relook at my pictures. The mare was unusually fidgety and really not paying attention to me. Couldn't figure what her problem was but in the first pic just above the wagon I have my answer. The bear. The ground dips down in sort of a drainage swale there so you only see his top half. Blackberries are ripe. Yum!
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post #12 of 14 Old 08-11-2012, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hmmm...I have a master saddle fitter that lives in town. Now if I can only catch her. Seems my work hours clash with hers and she travels all over New England.

She also has an english saddle listed on craigslist in my price range. A beat up old bush whacker that is safe but ugly. Which is really what I'm after. A light saddle for hot summer days. She wouldn't sell it unless it was safe for horse and rider. Won't know until I try.

Though I still want to figure out how to make the aussie fit.
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post #13 of 14 Old 08-05-2014, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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I'm so slow I'm terrible. Finally got the saddle problem solved. I have 2 other saddles that fit her fine so I wasn't in a big hurry.

I couldn't get the girth to sit right on her. I'd angle it forward and it would slide back. Her belly starts cutting upward rather rapidly and she has a very small girth spot. Some of it was me being short and her being tall. Just couldn't pull the girth up enough from the ground.
But I bought a converter to use a western style girth. Promptly misplaced the package and only located it last month. Switched to a western style girth finally and I've had no problems since.

I resurrected this old thread because I remember somebody else mentioning a similar problem with a gaited horse and an Aussie saddle. I hadn't switched over yet so I kept my mouth shut. If the saddle looks like it fits but isn't staying put the girth converter might work and it's sure cheaper than a new saddle. I'm tickled I have my favorite saddle back again.
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post #14 of 14 Old 08-05-2014, 12:03 PM
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I love my Aussie saddles but was having slippage problems as well. Played with pads, some made it better some worse. Solved with an English style breast collar. The first one I got I had to add a little sheepskin to make sure it didn't rub, but my newer one fits much nicer.

When using it, it doesn't even seem necessary because there isn't much tension (its not "holding the saddle") but no slipping, just stays nicely in place.
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