Is riding Australian like riding western?

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    10-29-2013, 08:34 PM
Is riding Australian like riding western?

Ok, long story short I am riding English but I do not own the saddle. Myself and my horse used to barrel race, and while I enjoy the English I would like to use a western saddle for days when my horse is very hyper or im kinda "off". I do not own a western saddle right now, but I have an Australian that fits my horse that I have never actually ridden in. Is riding in an Australian similar to riding western, and what kind of saddle pad would I use?
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    10-29-2013, 08:39 PM
It depends on the type of Autralian saddle that you have. Some aren't padded so they require a thick pad, some are pre-padded so only require a simple thin English saddle pad.

It should be fine to ride in that though, as they have those 'ear flaps' that your top thighs will touch when you post, which also give you that added security that typical western saddles have
    10-29-2013, 08:55 PM
Ok, and it is very thickly padded on the bottom, much like a well made English saddle.
    10-29-2013, 09:05 PM
Yeah so likely it's leaning towards the English style. I think it'd be good to ride in that when you aren't up to being in the english saddle.
    10-29-2013, 09:42 PM
My saddle is identical to this one, not the most quality piece of tack but it seems decent, and it won't be used much. Australian Outrider Stock Saddle with Horn -
    10-29-2013, 11:13 PM
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You don't need a thick saddle pad for that stock saddle, just whatever you use with an English saddle. Fit is important as there is no padding in between, just the saddle.

You can ride however you like in them really. Lots of people here use them on green horses until they're a bit quieter then they switch to an english saddle. Some people solely ride in them too.

I guess what they were originally used for and ridden isn't unlike what western was either. Just a safe, comfortable saddle for mustering cattle, checking fences just general farm stuff. It's not really like modern western disciplines though.

Whether you can ride english well in it is a personal thing. Lots of stirrup bars are places too far forward to get your leg under you, leaving your leg out the front and you sitting back. They're harder to post in anyway, much harder if your leg is too the front. I've been comfortable in very few stock saddles, and so I've started riding in western saddles (quite unpopular in my area!). Just depends what suits you really. A saddle is a saddle though, I can ride in a western like I would in a dressage, and vice versa really. Obviously doing what it's made for is somewhat easier, but it's not a huge thing.
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    10-29-2013, 11:44 PM
Australian saddles are very similar to Western saddles, but they also share similarities to an English saddle. They are almost in a league of their own.

I personally feel a lot more secure in an Australian saddle than I do in a Western saddle.
    10-30-2013, 12:19 AM
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    10-30-2013, 12:40 AM
I'd love to find an Australian saddle that forced my leg forward...haven't yet. Mine is from DownUnder, and it definitely rides more English than western. No problems here with posting, either.

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