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cherriebark 03-31-2009 12:35 PM

Australian Saddles?
 
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

When I rode with an Australian saddle many years ago, I got mine from Down Under Saddle Co. Australian Saddles from Down Under Saddle Supply - Aussie Saddle Specialists I was really pleased with the quality of the saddles and in speaking with them I got quite an education.

As for a Western saddle for your short back horse, have you tried one with a round skirt?

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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