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post #21 of 28 Old 10-08-2012, 07:32 PM
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Haha yes but that is in a western saddle, one that fits neither me nor my horse lol. It was only used for quick runs for games. I'm an english rider, it's where I feel at home. That's why I was really hoping the aussie would work. The seat was comfy and the stirrups went where I was comfortable.

Oh yea and my seat is so off in the pic since it was the first time we had ever done games and she was jumping/running all over the place hehe. She loved it but man was I sore the next day.

I really wanted the aussie to work :(
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post #22 of 28 Old 10-09-2012, 02:32 PM
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Blue Monday - I know a gal selling a well used one for $200 (plus shipping) She's in North Dakota, so not super close to Edmonton, but might be a more reasonable distance than others.

I have nothing to add to the discussion of Aussie saddles. I would not know quality from crap as I am just a cutter. The only thing I could tell is the general feel of quality leather which is near impossible from photos alone.

I think horseforum has some new policy on links, so I will PM you her sale link if you are interested.
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post #23 of 28 Old 10-10-2012, 07:05 AM
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Im Australian, and the comfortabilit of the saddle really does depend on the quality.
On cheapo ones the leather is very very stiff and the pieces that cover the stirrup attachment but fold up and give harsh bruises. However, in a better quality and better ared for one I can ride for hour in comfort and it is a must for me out on trails on silly tb's - my all purpose just doesnt cut it!!
& people use them here for campdrafting, team penning etc so i dotn see why you couldntt rope in one :)
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post #24 of 28 Old 02-19-2013, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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So, I never got round to getting a stock/Australian saddle because a) I can't afford a new saddle & b) I'm so used to the old Eamor saddle I have been borrowing from the father in law for the last few years but mainly c) i read on various sites that in the lope they are ridden jockey style with knees bent.
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post #25 of 28 Old 02-19-2013, 12:01 PM
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You can ride them in a lope any way you choose. One of the nice things about an Aussie-style saddle, at least in the US, is that you don't have to put up with people telling you what is "proper"!

This was my first ever attempt at a lope/canter. Hopefully I've improved since then, but my leg probably looks about the same:

Here is a guy doing campdrafting:

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post #26 of 28 Old 02-19-2013, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by BlueMonday View Post
So, I never got round to getting a stock/Australian saddle because a) I can't afford a new saddle & b) I'm so used to the old Eamor saddle I have been borrowing from the father in law for the last few years but mainly c) i read on various sites that in the lope they are ridden jockey style with knees bent.
Pretty sure that last part is a myth, as that would mean you'd have to stop and shorten your stirrups before loping, then stop again and lengthen them after you're done loping. I've loped once (by accident) in my Aussie out on the trail and rode it just like you would in any other saddle...and I was fine (was actually more comfy than the lopes I've had in western saddles, but that could be due in part to Aires' rocking horse canter).
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post #27 of 28 Old 02-19-2013, 12:22 PM
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my stirrups are adjusted more or less like a western, when I take my feet out of stirrups, the bottom of my stirrups hot my ankle bone, riding in the stirrups I probably have a couple inches space between me and the saddle. I do change the settings while riding, I have loped 15 miles non stop without issue. And prompltly got pulled for not pulsing down, but hay we both had fun.
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post #28 of 28 Old 02-19-2013, 02:09 PM
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I wear breeches & tall boots no matter what saddle I'm riding in. I have a pair of tall Western boots now that my English ones have the sole coming off a bit. I took my Aussie saddle to ride in this W/E when I got a chance to ride a nieghbor's QH mare. It fit nicely & after a ride of an hour & a half, she only had some dampness at the end of the fenders for sweat marks. Love this saddle-I've had it for over 20 years, bought it used-it's got the name John Brush on it. When I had the billets replaced a couple of years ago-the saddle guy said it wasn't one of the real pricey ones, but given the use I've had from it, it was well worth the price of repair & I can expect many more years of use from it.. My other neighbor who has riddin in it would really like to buy it from me when & if I ever decide to sell it. It has fit so many different horses over the years & given me many hours of pleasure riding in it.
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