Australian Saddle Fitting! Does this fit this gelding? WARNING Lot of Pics!
Well this is Tushi, he's one of our "special" geldings. We are not planning on backing in for another month or so.. But living way up here in the Yukon, we don’t have any kind of tack shopping options. I ran across this saddle for sale, and thought I would see how it fits him, it does fit my 6'3'' boyfriend, other wise I would have to order online and shipping up here takes about a month and a half.
Does this saddle fit him? Is it sitting to far back? (I move it up in the last pics) Is it tipping forward? Will it rub his shoulder? I have only ever ridden western and don't know how to fit a Aussi saddle.
Thanks in advance
Hmm, I am no fitter by any means, but I think it needs to be moved forward and that said I might be a little concerned about wither clearance. Anyway you could lunge him in it with a white towel or something underneath? He hasn't been put under saddle yet so you won't be able to see how the weight is distributed but you should get a general idea by the sweat marks on his back, on the towel, and whether or not any of his hair is ruffled.
it needs to be moved back. point of tree should be sitting at least 2 inches back from his shoulder. harder to tell without it in the correct position, but looks like it may be narrow. :( Also, don't quite like the back panels, but they may work..
Thanks for the advice, I thought i could use some moving back.. But being the first time I have ever put on a aussi saddle I was just guessing!
It doesn't need to sit two inches behind the shoulder - It just needs to be clearing the shoulder blade.
A stock saddle fits the same as any english saddle with panels.
It's hard to tell from the pictures - It looks like the channel may be a little narrow, and it doesn't have a lot of wither clearance. Apart from that there are no glaring faults - it isn't tipping forward or back, and the panels seem to sit pretty flat and flush with his back.
This is my horse saddled up ready for a ride in my stock saddle, so you can see the placement. You'll note that my saddle is a significantly different shape as (No offense) it is a much better quality saddle. It shifts back a little more as I leave the girth loose-ish while I walk him for a while so it settles into the exact spot (He has previous back issues so it is very important it sit right).
wild spot - I love your saddle!!!
Thank you! So do I - I wanted it for years. It's fully custom made for me and Bundy - i got to pick the colour, the trim, the felt, the hardware. It was a great experience with a great end product :]
that must have been fantastic! I have an Aussie Saddle with the horn...I am now semi regretting horn but I still love Aussie Saddles!
Thanks for the advice, and no offence taken you do have a wonderful saddle ( I am pick this one up for a couple hundred dollars). I am going to buy it and try it out.. Thanks, I just wanted to know I was on the right track with this saddle..
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