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    11-02-2009, 07:47 AM
I love my Australian Stock saddle, the kind with the horn... The high seat back and knee rolls lock you into the saddle so even on the roughest trail, your not comin out, and the thinner tree fits my very narrow withered rocky mtn mare like a dream... its also the most comfortable trail saddle I've ever rode in...

I had the same problem with this mare, everything I put on her pinched her withers... I finally found this Aussie saddle, and it fits her like a glove... Just remember, Aussie seat sizes are measured bigger, so a 17" Aussie seat is the same as a 15" Western...
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    11-02-2009, 07:52 AM
I forgot to add, I have not found a horse an Aussie saddle won't fit... My high withered Appendix Quarter horse gave me fit problems too, and my first Aussie saddle fit him nicely... Unfortunatly, the same horse threw me and trashed that saddle... (I wasn't happy when I found I could fold it in half front to back)

I don't still have that horse, but I kept the saddle for a while, as a reminder to test ride more before bringing home a new horse....
    11-02-2009, 02:16 PM
Green Broke
I really like the Aussie looking saddles!

We went on the trail ride this weekend. I got the Skito pad in and off we went. I saddled Red up and the Skito did what it was supposed to - level out his back. It really pitched the saddle kinda low on him then and he was swishing his tail. I resaddled with a different pad...same result.

I left the camp ground, told hubby to go ahead with the ride and I went 30 miles down to my friends home to get another saddle. I bought Red from her and her husband forgot more about horses in the last 15 minutes than I will ever know.

He checked my saddle over and looked at Red's back and said he didn't think I necessarily needed a new saddle - he just didn't like my pads! He put one of their old Ryon saddles and some of their kick hinny pads on Red and off I went. Red did well in that saddle.

Next day my friend came to ride and we saddle Red with her pads and my saddle and he seemed to have done much better. The pad was an "Ultra Pad by Cowboy Classic" and I have looked high and low for one. No success for this particular pad on the internet. It has several different layers to it and is thick. I have (or thought I did) several pads that I paid BIG bucks for - to the tune of $150 for a gel pad that has been on Red's back a total of 2 hours.

I am going to ride in her pad this week and see how it goes.

If I am not satisfied I will be looking for another saddle - and I really like the Steele's and the Aussie type!!
    11-02-2009, 02:41 PM
Good luck finding a new pad..

If that doesn't work, I'd be looking for an Aussie saddle, but that's just me...

I got lucky and picked up a used Aussie for $300 with two pads, girth and breast collar and I'd swear if it was used it was only once or twice...
    11-02-2009, 02:47 PM
Green Broke
LOL I might be searching for an Aussie. I would love to have one anyway! They look very comfortable and they are sharp looking to boot!
    11-02-2009, 02:56 PM
They're very comfy, especially with the stirrups... I broke my ankle pretty bad in college and I have trouble with western fenders twisting it and causing a lot of pain in my ankle and knee on longer rides, so if I'm planning on riding more then a half hour or so, I grab my aussie... No knee/foot problems with it...
    11-20-2009, 12:33 AM
Hi there, I honestly am not surprised that the Billy cook didnt fit your guy, I personally do not like them and they have fit all my horses funny I've tried them on Qhs, Arabs, STBS, everything and they havent fit much. Im sure they do fit some horses and I know ill be slammed for this but I will NEVER buy a Billy Cook.

Some saddles Iwould try thought and hopefully maybe a friend or two may have one...
Tex Tan
Circle Y (love these saddles!)
Crates (Love them too and I think your horse has the same issue as mine.. he needs a wider flair and these saddle really accomodate this)
Southern Trails
There are some other ideas for you to check out!
    11-20-2009, 01:50 AM
Green Broke
Thanks for the suggestions! I called Billy Cook last week and spoke to the manager. I asked for the size trees in my two BC saddles and were told they were all built on a regular QH bars. I said that my husband's BC 1688 was at least, 1" wider at the conchos than mine! He said "pack it up and ship it to me. We will tear it down and see if there is a problem".

I UPS'd it to them Monday and it should have arrived Wednesday around noon. He said they would try to get back with me at the end of this week or beginning of next week.

I don't really expect them to do anything but if they do - GREAT!!! If not, I will be buying an Aussie Saddle or something like that. I spoke to the people at Down Under and have looked at other saddles too. The Down Under Saddle is affordable - around $1000 for the one I chose. Just a little less than I paid for the BC. Sigh...I had also bought a breast strap and back cinch strap that I spent big $$ on...not to mention a fortune in pads that don't help!!!
    11-20-2009, 10:58 AM
Green Broke
Oklahoma BC saddles are better than the cr@p Simco/Longhorn puts out in Texas. I don't like any of the Simco/Longhorn lines. They're just not worth the money at all.

Good luck with your saddle issue! It can be a nightmare, I know... I ended up going treeless .
    11-20-2009, 03:31 PM
Green Broke
The saddles we have came from Sulphur, OK not Texas. It is 1:30 Friday afternoon and I haven't heard anything so I guess it will most likely be some time next week. Sigh....the not knowing is a bummer.

I keep looking at saddles - everyone's saddles - wish I could afford a bunch of different saddles...I think I would have an Aussie Saddle, western - several kinds, a Steele saddle - I really like those!!! LOL I could go saddle crazy!

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