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  • Aussie saddle stirrups pinch my legs
  • Lower stirrup australian saddle bruising leg

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    10-06-2012, 09:52 PM
Green Broke
Here's my question Joe... How do those leathers not bruise your legs? I thought the saddle was comfy and I was getting the hang of riding in it but my legs were bruised to hell when I was done with a 15 min ride.

Riding english I cannot ride without tall boots, pants don't matter but I cannot ride without tall boots or my calves are bruised for weeks.

So how do you handle those leathers?

Especially you BSMS since you use regular english leathers?
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    10-06-2012, 10:38 PM
As in, the stirrup leathers? I've never had bruising from them in an English or stock saddle - can't even imagine how you'd get one (although maybe if the leg was in the wrong position it might happen). I don't even feel stirrup leathers through thin material. I ride in chapettes sometimes but that's more to stop my boot heel from dropping off my foot (never found a narrow enough boot!).
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    10-06-2012, 10:47 PM
Green Broke
Yes stirrup leathers. They pinch the fat part of my calf lol. Always have, no matter what type of pants I'm wearing, I have to have tall boots. I bruise in just minutes too. And it's not from my leg moving, they can pinch at the walk. Maybe I'm just uber sensitive or something...
    10-06-2012, 10:53 PM
Bizarre! That would be awful - and expensive lol.
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    10-06-2012, 11:04 PM
If I ride with English leathers and my toe in the stirrup, then I sometimes get bruising or chaffing about halfway up my calf. The root cause was my lower leg moved too much, and this particular saddle - where it positioned the stirrup bars, the lowest part of the seat, etc - meant rubbing. It didn't happen when riding in my Bates CC saddle.

But I normally prefer to ride with my feet 'homed' - the stirrup almost as far back on my foot as it will go. When I do that, the stirrup strap falls against the shaft of my cowboy boots - and I now ALWAYS wear cowboy boots with a good heel as part of my personal safety equipment. I'd much rather skip the helmet than skip the boot!

Happily, my lower leg seems to be getting more secure. I also often ride with a mild chair seat, which seems to help. DownUnder claims that is what an Aussie saddle is designed for, and I won't argue:
"Riding Position: Adjust the stirrup leather length so when you're sitting in the saddle your thigh runs parallel with the kneepad. You'll ride longer in the stirrup with your feet forward and heels down. You should place 25% of your weight in each stirrup and the balance in the seat of the saddle, this ensures an even weight distribution on the horse's back."
Wither tracing and fitment instructions for Aussie Saddles

Also from DownUnder:

Australian Saddle Fitment for Rider and Horse - YouTube!
    10-06-2012, 11:12 PM
Green Broke
Ugh I tried that. I have ridden in many many saddles, they all bruise without tall boots. I've been riding english for 14 years. Even when I was in lessons and had a very solid lower leg, still bruised without tall boots.

I have to ride with barely my toes in the stirrups, been thrown to much I don't want to be caught. But with the aussie I tried putting my feet all the way in until the stirrup was stopped by my heel, no difference.

It sucks, I have to trail ride in breeches and tall boots lol. Seriously I have tried putting my legs in every position I can think of.
    10-08-2012, 02:57 PM
Hmmm, well 90% positive feedback for an Aussie style stock saddle. Just need to start saving now.
    10-08-2012, 03:43 PM
Green Broke
I don't have any isues, I usually ride in baseball uniform pants and endurance ankle high shoes. I use half chaps on occasion but usually only in colder weather, have you tried those ? Never really had any issues.
    10-08-2012, 04:30 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I don't have any isues, I usually ride in baseball uniform pants and endurance ankle high shoes. I use half chaps on occasion but usually only in colder weather, have you tried those ? Never really had any issues.
Well half chaps aren't a whole lot different than tall boots, I just need another pair of boots for that lol. I think I'm just uber sensitive or something weird.
    10-08-2012, 07:11 PM
Green Broke
Is that your picture to the left ? Looks like a heckofa chair seat, lengthen your stirrups. So when you stand you just barely clear the seat.

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