Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
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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