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post #1 of 9 Old 01-25-2009, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Question Austrailian Stock Saddle?

Hey all, I'm just posting because I'm quite curious about the Austrailian Stock Saddle. Is there somewhere I could find out about it? Does anyone here have experience with one? Opinions?

The reason I ask is because I've recently embarked on a quest for a saddle... and one that won't deprive me of too much money. >_< I've been sifting through used saddle ads and seen a few of these Austrailian Stock Saddles. The deep seat they seem to have appeals to me, and they look like they'd be a little more lightweight than several classic Western saddles. Plus, they seem to be going for dirt cheap prices. (Probably because they can't be shown in, but I'm not looking for a saddle to show in, just one to ride in.)
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Several people that I ride with have Austrailian Stock saddles and swear by them. Comfortable and they seem to hold up very well. A little heavy for me but then I'm old!
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A decent Australian saddle will actually cost more then a comparable Western one. The cheap saddles are typically made in Asia and are really inferior saddles.

If you are looking for a good saddle look at the Down Under Saddle Co. and try on ebay. Those $150 saddle packages should be avoided. A decent used one will still cost in the $500 range all fitted up unless you get lucky.

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Definatly dont go a cheap one. They are hell uncomfortable and fall apart.
My sisters girth point broke while she was trotting through the bush (they only have one point, similar to western saddles) and she is too stubborn to use a surcingale (why I dont know, I even put it on the saddle for her so that all she had to do was buckle it up, and she pulled it off...). Anyway, she ended up on her butt on the ground, with the saddle beside her.
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I bought a Status Aussie for $400 and its beautiful. Its comfortable, I havent ridden in it but my uncle has. Easy to clean and care for. If you are willing to spend over $500 on a leather one go for it but I like my cheapy. Wintec ones are comfy too, they seem to last as well.

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post #6 of 9 Old 01-26-2009, 05:20 AM
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Aussie stock saddles are great (I'm not being bias, even though I'm from Aus =]! ) You can do anything in them and they do a good job of keeping you secure and comfy in the saddle. I rode my little mare in one before I bought my AP and it was great. I could trail ride, do dressage and even jump in it although it wasn't IDEAL for jumping ;]
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you certainly wont be throwing your money away if you find yourself a GOOD stock saddle. IMO thet are more comfy than a western saddle however it comes down to what you are used to. i learnt to ride mustering cattle on a farm and stock saddles were the only saddles we owned. i used to love them but then when i was a teenager i started riding in a dressage or AP saddle and now cant stand anything else. which i will have to change as i have a qh now and i plan on doing western pleasure with him so i will have to learn to handle a western saddle :)

anyways, i digress, just be careful about the saddle you choose if you go for a stockie. many of them are just as heavy as a western saddle and can, like cheap westerns, fit poorly on the horse and cause discomfort. i speak mainly of the cheap indian made ones here as with any saddle. i can almost guarantee that anything made in india will not only be a poor fit but will also be of poor quality as already mentioned.

anything wintec, syd hill or ord river are great saddles but sadly they are quite costly. if you can i would suggest fitting the saddle to your horse before you buy

having said all that, when you find a good one they are great, comfy saddles :)

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Thanks for all of the input. They seem like very nice saddles. I think I will have to get one at some point. I am used to a dressage or all purpose saddle, but the Australian saddle sounds as though it would do better on the trails.

I found a website that seems like it has some good stock saddles. My personal favorite is the Classic Supreme Poley... but it's definitely beyond my buget range. X_X

Classic Series Saddles

I also found this saddle that's going for less. It says nothing about its tree size though. No telling whether it would fit my horse worth squat.

Australian Outrider Stock Saddles less horn -
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A decent Australian saddle will actually cost more then a comparable Western one. The cheap saddles are typically made in Asia and are really inferior saddles.

If you are looking for a good saddle look at the Down Under Saddle Co. and try on ebay. Those $150 saddle packages should be avoided. A decent used one will still cost in the $500 range all fitted up unless you get lucky.

This is true. Alot of magazines sell them "cheap" because they arent made out of high quality leather, either good English or Australian (Kangaroo ) leather. They are a AWSOME buy! They set you back more, and they cradle your pelvis. They are more comfortable for your horse, and have a air panel that allows for better air flow on the spine. Setting the saddle more forward rather then directly on the back makes for better placement on the horses back as well.

The stirrups are safety release, and give your hips more freedom of motion. The reason why you arent allowed to show in them is because they are considered a "hybrid" here in America, a cross between the English and the western saddle. It doesnt matter, they are great for trail riding. I still ran in 4-H speed shows with mine because it has a horn. I would perfer one without one, but whatever lol it works. It takes a little while to get used to having your legs placed in front of you, rather then under you in line with your shoulder and hip but you get used to it. It braces you if your horse was to trip in a hole or something.

So, get a Aussie. You wont be dissapointed. Go to Down Under saddlery. It gives you alot of information on how to fit the saddle to your horse personally, and the history of the saddle itself. I have been using my Aussie for nearly three years, and I would never want to ride in anything else!

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