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post #11 of 26 Old 07-11-2011, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, it seems a little of both for me.
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post #12 of 26 Old 07-12-2011, 06:16 PM
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Have you ever looked at an Australian Stock Saddle? I am getting a new one next week (I hope).

May be this one
The Kimberley Lite Rider [Kimberley Lite Rider (no horn)] - $725.00 : Cariboo Outback, Australian Saddles & Supplies

I have a knockoff Aussie saddle now and can ride for hours in it (paid $200 on craigslist). Can hook all sorts of stuff to it. I am only getting a new one because this one is a little heavy for my guy and I want to upgrade to one that's actually made in Australia. Though you can see by the prices they aren't cheap. The one I listed is the low end.

I think this might be the one I get.
The Master Campdraft Deluxe [Master Campdrft Deluxe (no horn)] - $1,150.00 : Cariboo Outback, Australian Saddles & Supplies

Once you ride in an Aussie you won't go back. Last trail ride my horse did a 90 degree turn at a run. I stayed in the saddle, my friends horse behind followed us and my friend in a western kept going straight after her horse turned.lol

Saved my butt when Hunter bucks too.
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post #13 of 26 Old 07-12-2011, 07:00 PM
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The style on that saddle is what I want. I need the padding not only for Ziggy but for me. I can't ride on a stiff saddle. IT MUST have cushion or I am unable to ride. This seems like a great fit. The pockets are a major plus since I don't really want to put a lot of extras on the saddle. If it has it built in.. it makes me VERY happy.
when you say 'pockets,' are you talking about where you see the zippers on the front and back of the saddle? If so, those are NOT pockets for putting stuff in, they are ways to get at the framework of the saddle.

This is my torsion:


This is what is inside those zippers--wooden frames (sorry for bad quality, my camera battery was not charged, so I took these quick with my phone):





You will still need to attach a saddlebag of some sort if you want to have pockets for stuff (or get a pad with pockets in it).


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post #14 of 26 Old 07-12-2011, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Actually, yes I thought those were pocket pockets! I really appreciate you correcting me. I feel a bit stupid but atleast now I understand! How do you like that saddle by the way? Is it as comfy as everyone says it is?

Hunter, I have looked up Aussie saddles. If it would fit the criteria of what I want and need I would have no problem getting one! I have heard ALOT of good things about Aussies. I would much rather buy one of those then a western or an English saddle.
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post #15 of 26 Old 07-12-2011, 08:13 PM
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Well, I don't think this saddle would last me 30-40 years but I would like to find one that will at least last me 5. I just don't want to get a saddle that will fall apart the year I get it. I haven't found any that is in that style that costs any more then 250. I just don't know what to look for in these saddles.. or any saddle really.
That lookes more like a bareback pad on steroids. I agree that a good saddle is going to be much more and a pad for a treeless is about 200.00
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post #16 of 26 Old 07-12-2011, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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I need ALOT of padding. So I suppose that works out. LOL
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post #17 of 26 Old 07-12-2011, 09:01 PM
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Actually, yes I thought those were pocket pockets! I really appreciate you correcting me. I feel a bit stupid but atleast now I understand! How do you like that saddle by the way? Is it as comfy as everyone says it is?

Hunter, I have looked up Aussie saddles. If it would fit the criteria of what I want and need I would have no problem getting one! I have heard ALOT of good things about Aussies. I would much rather buy one of those then a western or an English saddle.

Don't feel stupid for not knowing! How could you know if you have never seen one in person?

I haven't had the torsion for very long, but I have really enjoyed the time I have spent in it. It's not the saddle I ride dreams in (she goes in a free n easy, which is an english-type flex-panel saddle), but I know several people who have done tons of miles in them and love them.

I also have an older wintec aussie, which I used back in the days I was saddle breaking racehorses, then retraining the off-track kids to the trail. I find I have gotten *ahem* a tad bigger in my old age, so its not as comfy as it used to be, but its held up beautifully.

I hope you can find a tack store near you to be able to go in and lay your hands on some saddles and see what you like/can afford. Even if you just find a type you like and can't afford it new, you will know what to look for online.


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post #18 of 26 Old 07-12-2011, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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We have so many tack stores around here. I just don't want to be ripped off. A lot of people are not very honest. I can be talked into getting stuff rather easily and I am pretty set on my criteria.

If it's going to be one that is going to be over 200 hundred dollars it has to be..

Very light.
Must be cushioned..very cushioned.
Must be able to be comfortable on Ziggy. (He is an ASB so I heard they can be hard to find a saddle for.)
Last at least 5 years. (Pretty good quality!)

Would also like..
The saddle to be a bright color.. blues reds.. I will be on trails and Ziggy is a light chestnut color. I don't want him to be mistaken for a deer.
Be able to attack a lot of travel gear.


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We have so many tack stores around here. I just don't want to be ripped off. A lot of people are not very honest. I can be talked into getting stuff rather easily and I am pretty set on my criteria.

If it's going to be one that is going to be over 200 hundred dollars it has to be..

Very light.
Must be cushioned..very cushioned.
Must be able to be comfortable on Ziggy. (He is an ASB so I heard they can be hard to find a saddle for.)
Last at least 5 years. (Pretty good quality!)

Would also like..
The saddle to be a bright color.. blues reds.. I will be on trails and Ziggy is a light chestnut color. I don't want him to be mistaken for a deer.
Be able to attack a lot of travel gear.


=3

Don't take your wallet inside with you to the tack store. Then you can't get talked into buying anything without having a moment to go out to the car, at which point you can take a breath and make a decision. I would go into the stores and sit on literally every saddle you can (most places have a fake horse you can use to test the saddle out). Make a list of the ones you like, and what size they are.

I wouldn't worry too much about the color of the saddle. If you are worried about hunters, you can always buy blaze orange saddle bags to hang from your normal-colored saddle! Or buy a cheap orange vest to go over what you are wearing.


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post #20 of 26 Old 07-12-2011, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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I am just really cautious about it. I don't like the brown and normal black saddles anyway. That is such a good idea. I am not bringing my wallet in! I plan on having some bright colored gear.. including the reins. It just makes ME feel better if pretty much everything is bright colored.
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