- - Australian Saddles?
|cherriebark ||03-31-2009 12:35 PM |
I am thinking of trying an Aussie saddle for my little trail gelding with a short back. Regular western saddles tend to poke his hips. But, I don't really know what to look for. Where can I find a decent quality Aussie saddle that will stand up to daily riding and long trail rides? Any good Aussie brands?
|iridehorses ||03-31-2009 01:24 PM |
|cherriebark ||03-31-2009 07:06 PM |
I have tried a few different western saddles, but they tend to be bulky on him. He is 15.3, but he had a very narrow, small frame (and big giant standardbred legs, haha) I have trouble finding a western that doesn't sit on his withers. I will check out those down under saddles!
|wild_spot ||03-31-2009 07:18 PM |
I've written lost of advice to epople wanting to get a stock saddle. There is some in these threads: Aussie saddles Australian Saddles
In the first one, I think we talked about a lot of the saddles from down under saddles co.
Let me know if you would like any more information!
|Eolith ||03-31-2009 11:06 PM |
I recently got a saddle from Down Under. The quality is great for the price, but it takes some getting used to.
|cherriebark ||04-01-2009 12:19 AM |
Thanks, that is REALLY helpful. I'm mostly an english rider, and I'm transitioning from eventing to trail riding. I loooooove my Kieffer english, but it's just not a saddle I want to spend all day in going up and down mountains. I'm actually looking for two new saddles, one for my mare and one for my gelding. The mare is a stocky QH and the gelding is a narrow STB. The mare fits in almost any western saddle, but the gelding is tricky.
Quality is REALLY important (I'm used to riding in a $3000 Kieffer) but at the same time I don't want to spend a huge amount because the gelding is only 3 and might a) roll on it and/or destroy it, or b) grow out of it. I also like to stay on the english side of things - close contact, and I prefer english style girthing.
Also, I am not really sure about seat sizing. I have looked around, and I keep seeing different conversions. I ride in a 17" english saddle, what size should I be looking at for Aussie saddle?
|wild_spot ||04-01-2009 12:32 AM |
I'm not sure what Bates saddles you get over there, but Bates make a stock saddle with their easy change gullet system, which could be helpful with your growing 3yo. I recently sold my Bates stock saddle... Kind of regretting it... lol.
I'm not sure of the conversions either, btu I think stock saddle seat sizes are smaller than english. So you would be a 16" or 15".
|Eolith ||04-03-2009 12:30 AM |
The Down Under website has a chart that shows you what the appropriate "conversion" is for the seat sizes. When you order a saddle, they also ask for your height, weight, and pant size to determine which size will best suit you.
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