New Aussie Saddle - fit critiques please!
I recently purchased an 8 year old OTTB, and I've having a heck of a time finding a good western saddle fit. I need something more secure than my all purpose english saddle for our very hilly trail riding. I sat on this saddle as well, and to me, it looks good..but I've never fit an australian/stock saddle before.
She's also currently lame (likely a stone bruise or the start of an abscess - time will tell), so I couldn't ride in it.
It's a used saddle from the Australian Stock Saddle Company. I believe it has a normal western girth rigging system - pictures below as well!
Any and all comments appreciated! It was super comfortable while I sat in it...I love it, just hope it fits right!
I'm realizing now that I probably should have taken some photos without the bad on! Gah!
How is it when you run your hand under the pad/saddle, along her shoulder? Being an OTTB, unless the saddle was custom made for a non-TB, it will probably fit decently/well, as Aussie saddles tend to be made for TB style wither horses.. My quarter/appy cross... I have a really nice Bushrider Aussie.. love it... poor girl, I didn't realize it fit her as badly as it did, until I started to wonder on her behavior change, and then I noticed a bit of marks in her hair (she is buttermilk buckskin, so the white marks didn't start to show until a year + of using it). The saddle fitter pointed out to me how tight it was at that spot where you put your hand to check western saddles- does that make sense? Under that front point over the shoulder. It was so tight on her, it hurt my hand to put my hand there, and she tossed her head and pinned her ears when we checked it. My poor long suffering girl, she tried tho, and rode very well in it most times.
You don't want that tight on any saddle, as it pinches and puts too much pressure there, and causes pain.
Also, can you see a bit of an air channel at the point of the saddle, across her back? Try it without the pad, and look. Most times in an Aussie you can see a bit of daylight front or back.
You also don't have to have a thick western pad- you can use a folded towel, or an AP English pad... :)
It looks like a super comfy saddle! I hope it works for her, for you! :)
Hope she gets better soon!
That saddle seems to be more of a "halfbreed" style, where its built on a western type tree instead of an english. Traditional stock saddles have flocked panels running the length of it which act as the "padding" where as with the western style ones you use pads as padding.
The traditional style were designed to fit more TB-type stock horses, where as the halfbreeds and more modern stock saddles fit the more modern stock horse which is being bred wider.
As far as this saddle fit, if it doesn't have flocked panels you still need a thick pad to act as cushioning. You should also be sure that its not putting pressure directly on the spine because I have found, because TBs are sometimes narrower through the back the western type saddles don't offer enough clearance, and can rock as well. This isn't a problem with flocked saddles as they are built up on each side.
I have a TB and I fit a western saddle to her by using a thick pad that gradually builds up more at the front. It also isn't padded along to spine channel to ensure clearance.
Looks OK to me. Those two extra saddle flaps are entirely superfluous, Id be cutting them off.
Looks like an older Muster Master without the horn. One of my really good friends has one (with the horn) and she loves it. Has had it for 15+ years and it looks brand new.
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which do you mean, the jockey (covers the D ring where latigo attaches the cinch) or the Fender? I would not consider them superfluous.
I kind of like the fit and it looks like a well made trail saddle. Deeper than the Grand Canyon!
Oh, you mean the flap UNDER the cinch, not the seat jockey and the fender. I get it!
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