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post #1 of 7 Old 11-24-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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QUICK HELP! Aussie Saddle :)

Hi, I am a western rider but was thinking of going English.. but then I found, what I believe to be, a good deal on a AUSSIE saddle.....

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It is used on a WIDE QH and has a 17" seat... Lightly used.

What do you think? I am not sure of the brand.

And isn't Aussie a in-be-tween a English and Western?

The person wants $100 firm.

Good deal? Thank you!

NOTE: sorry the pics are so bad, they are cell phone pics
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-24-2012, 07:37 PM
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I guess the question is why were you thinking of going english? If you wanted to get into showing or jumping, then you want a bonafide english saddle. If you were thinking of general riding or trail riding, then you can go the aussie route. I've got all three styles of saddles, by the way, and I don't think you'd be disappointed if you wanted the aussie for trail riding.

I can't say for sure about the quality of that particular saddle but there are some cheapies out there that don't hold up to rough handling and they may not be comfortable to horse and/or rider. Nonetheless, the saddle doesn't look that bad. Plus, at that price and assuming it fits your horse, you could certainly get the saddle and then later down the road purchase a better quality aussie if you decide that's the way you want to go.
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I guess the question is why were you thinking of going english? If you wanted to get into showing or jumping, then you want a bonafide english saddle. If you were thinking of general riding or trail riding, then you can go the aussie route. I've got all three styles of saddles, by the way, and I don't think you'd be disappointed if you wanted the aussie for trail riding.

I can't say for sure about the quality of that particular saddle but there are some cheapies out there that don't hold up to rough handling and they may not be comfortable to horse and/or rider. Nonetheless, the saddle doesn't look that bad. Plus, at that price and assuming it fits your horse, you could certainly get the saddle and then later down the road purchase a better quality aussie if you decide that's the way you want to go.
I only do trail riding :)

I wanted to try english as something different But Aussie looks cool too :)

Pretty sure I'm going to get this saddle... As you said, I can alway's re-sell it if it doesn't work out :)

Thanks for posting!

Any one else have an opinion? :)
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No, that's an off brand. I had one. The leathers hurt my legs like no other and it was too narrow for my horse. Go english. Aussie is not an in between, it is very different from each.

Edit: Where is the overgirth? That saddle is supposed to have one.
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No, that's an off brand. I had one. The leathers hurt my legs like no other and it was too narrow for my horse. Go english. Aussie is not an in between, it is very different from each.

Edit: Where is the overgirth? That saddle is supposed to have one.
okay- I'm so confused... what on earth is a OVERgirth?

It comes with it's girth, but it's not in the pic, I think :)

Aussie is MORE "booster seat like" then an english :) good :) lol
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See that slot in the top by the leather? That is where the overgirth goes back under the flap and that is what the cinch attaches too. It is originally rigged with an english girth. I didn't think it was more booster seat like at all. But I took english lessons for 10 years. I ride western and english and the aussie was so much different than either one.

I highly suggest Down Under Saddlery if you choose to go aussie. I didn't like mine one bit but I had the exact same one as you.

I also don't understand why they would take the overgirth off with the girth? It should stay put. Also the billets are two different sizes, width way.
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If you pop over to the downunder saddlery website, they've got some information on how an aussie saddle should fit plus you'll see pictures of how an aussie saddle is girthed up.
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