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Roux 09-06-2013 02:04 AM

Synthetic or Australian Saddle?
I have always rode in traditional western ranch type saddles that can be heavier. So when my mom got her horse this summer I had her use one of our roping saddles. Which is fine except she isn't strong enough to lift it. So I always saddle her horse for her, I absolutely don't mind that at all but it is starting to bother her because she want to be able to do it herself, understandable.

So we are looking at getting her a synthetic saddle that is more lightweight. I have never bought or rode in one so I am not too sure which is best. We do more than "just walking down the road" so I need something that will begood for the horse for several hours at a time and hold up to a little wear and tear. Although I understand that they need replacing more often which is ok.

I found a used Abetta saddle we are going to go look at, it is super inexpensive. She is also going to borrow a friends Wintec to see what she thinks. So any opinions on good brands or bad?

She has also had several people suggest she get an Australian Saddle again I have very little experience.
Thanks! :D

Chevaux 09-06-2013 02:15 AM

I bought a synthetic Australian saddle from the Downunder Kimberly line. I got it because of my bad shoulder. I needed to avoid lifting my western saddles for awhile and I didn't want to use my English ones so I thought I'd try the Aussie. It is light weight, gives a good secure seat and fits the horses and me well. It's definitely worth a look.

DraftyAiresMum 09-06-2013 03:46 AM

I LOVE my Aussie saddle!! Weighs less than 30lbs, fully fitted, and it's all leather. Super comfy, super secure, and...yeah. Love it!
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Tracer 09-06-2013 03:59 AM

Synthetic Aussies are great. Leather Aussies are heavy as all heck.

Plus, if you get a nice deep seated Aussie, it's ridiculously comfortable and you can ride in it for hours.

BLAZERIVERSONG 09-06-2013 04:22 AM

I've ridden in an Aussie Syd Hill leather stock saddle for over 10 years and just love it.

gigem88 09-06-2013 07:17 AM

Wintec has a stock saddle that is very comfy. Only sold mine because I decided to start showing, but I do miss it.

Drifting 09-06-2013 08:57 AM

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I don't really like the Wintec synthetics. I've found them uncomfortable. Abetta's OK, you either love them or you don't. Personally I'd take a Big Horn over an Abetta any day. Depends on which fits your horse best too.

I do own an Australian saddle but I haven't used it, so can't say much about it.

Druydess 09-06-2013 09:43 AM

I have bought 2 Aussies from Kate's Saddlery and absolutely love them! Unfortunately, it looks like Kates isn't making any more Aussies, but you can find them up for sale out there. I bought one from Australian Saddles from the Aussie Saddle Specialists

Kimberley Synthetic Stock Saddle with Horn

This has lasted years and taken a lot of abuse. And very comfortable!

Roux 09-06-2013 01:05 PM

Thanks for all the help everyone!

I am looking at an Aussie Saddle with a horn this afternoon that I found on Craigslist.

Will I need to purchase a new pad for the Aussie Saddle? Or can I see if one of my western or English pads fits. I just don't know if there is a specific Aussie pad.

It looks like they take an English style girth is that correct?
I have two of those so that will be nice if it is true - and if they fit lol

Again, thanks for the info! :)

DraftyAiresMum 09-06-2013 01:14 PM

You can use a dressage pad, but AP pads are too short. Western pads tend to be too short and too thick. You want an Aussie saddle to fit like an English saddle, meaning that the pad should just be there to protect the saddle from sweat. I made my saddle pad for my Aussie saddle for under $15.

The girth is kind of similar to an English girth, but different enough that you can't use an English girth on an Aussie saddle. One end is a single buckle, while the other has two buckles.

As for the weight of an Aussie saddle...mine is all-leather and weighs less than 30lbs (probably in the neighborhood of 25lbs). I have a bad shoulder and have limited range of motion, especially when weight is involved, and I can saddle my 16.2hh draft cross gelding with no problems at all with my Aussie saddle.
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