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    10-13-2013, 07:11 PM
  #11
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Since you mentioned saddle weight playing a factor in your decision, it'll probably be good for you to know that many leather Australian saddles are NOT light. The one that I have has a pretty big seat size, but it is super heavy!!
     
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    10-13-2013, 07:55 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DuckDodgers    
Since you mentioned saddle weight playing a factor in your decision, it'll probably be good for you to know that many leather Australian saddles are NOT light. The one that I have has a pretty big seat size, but it is super heavy!!
Yes, for sure! Mine weighs just as much as my Western did. (WELL, maybe a couple pounds lighter)
     
    10-13-2013, 09:58 PM
  #13
Foal
You can also check with The Australian Stock Saddle Company : The AUSTRALIAN STOCK SADDLE Co Selling - Saddles - Tack - Holsters

Both my aussies came from there and they will match up your back tracings to saddles or custom fit. I have one right now that is lighter than my other and it's for my little wide backed, fat shouldered, low withered arab :)

One is around 25 lbs just by itself and the other is around 18/20 with all my gear on it.
     
    10-13-2013, 10:12 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by Horsesaplenty    
You can also check with The Australian Stock Saddle Company : The AUSTRALIAN STOCK SADDLE Co Selling - Saddles - Tack - Holsters

Both my aussies came from there and they will match up your back tracings to saddles or custom fit. I have one right now that is lighter than my other and it's for my little wide backed, fat shouldered, low withered arab :)

One is around 25 lbs just by itself and the other is around 18/20 with all my gear on it.
A friend of mine has an ASSC Muster Master and it's the only saddle she uses (she also has a very nice Circle Y trail saddle). She's had it for 15 years and it still looks brand new. She bought it directly from Colin at a horse expo in California and said he was amazing to work with. She also says that it's much lighter than her western saddle.
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    10-13-2013, 10:16 PM
  #15
Weanling
I ride a Tucker endurance trail saddle and have for the last 5 yrs and love it.
     
    10-13-2013, 10:39 PM
  #16
Weanling
The Australian Stock Saddle co. Will make one to fit your wither tracing. They are made in the US but the owner is an Australian craftsman, and they are very good saddles. I got one made for my stocky, round Morgan gelding and it fits perfectly, is super comfy and lightweight (16 lbs). It is a Squire Poley. I love it, and it was relatively inexpensive, too!
     
    10-13-2013, 11:04 PM
  #17
Weanling
I have a syd hill for sale ;)

17in Syd Hill Aussie saddle for sale
     
    10-14-2013, 11:27 AM
  #18
Foal
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Originally Posted by KatieQ    
The Australian Stock Saddle co. Will make one to fit your wither tracing. They are made in the US but the owner is an Australian craftsman, and they are very good saddles. I got one made for my stocky, round Morgan gelding and it fits perfectly, is super comfy and lightweight (16 lbs). It is a Squire Poley. I love it, and it was relatively inexpensive, too!
I got the squire poley and Luka was still too round in the shoulders for it, lol. Colin was surprised when I needed to send it back. I bought the aussie/english hybrid one. I like it and Luka does too.
     
    10-14-2013, 12:59 PM
  #19
Yearling
The ASSC can have pretty good saddles too, but the reviews I read about them are less than impressive to me, they seem kind of hit-and-miss. And not all of their saddles are made in the US, they get a lot of theirs (and their leather for the US made saddles) from India - which isn't a BAD thing per se but just to be aware. When I was looking for an Aussie that was where I was going to buy from but was eventually persuaded to go with DownUnder (it was going to be one or the other for my budget).

Just be sure to do your research :)
     
    10-17-2013, 11:21 AM
  #20
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Green Broke
I have had a Down Under Wizzard Poley saddle with a horn and loved it. I also bought a black hornless Kimberly stock saddle. I liked both of them. I REGRET selling them to this day. I am riding in the Poley in the Avatar picture.

I bought a hornless brown Kimberly that I have now. All of them are lighter than MOST western saddles. The Wizzard Poley weighed just about the same as a Billy Cook western trail saddle I had.

I did have an Allegany Trail Saddle Renegade Endurance saddle made for Biscuit - he is a pretty dang chunky Quarter Horse. It only weighs about 22 lbs. It is a huge difference in lifting my Allegany Saddle and the Billy Cook Trail saddle that is supposed to weigh around 28 or so lbs. I am sure with the girth it is more.
     

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