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post #1 of 9 Old 09-21-2014, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Aussie Saddle fit

I have been trying to find a saddle for my quarter horse-arabian mare. She has been difficult to fit. Our current FQHB western saddle is too wide in the withers and too long for her back (hitting her hips). Concerns:
* I picked up this aussie saddle with Arabian bars to try but does it fits her correctly?
* I'm also concerned because it has a green mold problem (not on the areas that touched her, between the flaps). Is this fixable?
*It also doesn't have an overgirth or regular girth, so I would have to purchase one.
*There is no brand name on it, so is it worth purchasing or will in break down in a few years? Lady is asking $300 obo.
* Lastly, it came with 2 identical straps and for the life of me, can't figure out what they are used for. I've attached pictures of those and any input would be greatly appreciated.
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**sorry for the sideways pictures, they rotated after upload and I don't know how to fix that :(
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Not worth $300. It looks like one of those saddles you get in the saddle packages off eBay for $200 brand new and that are made in India.

How is the leather (other than the mold)? Stiff? Soft? Thin? Cardboard-y?

It actually looks a little wide for her. There doesn't appear to be much wither clearance there. Also, I've never heard of an Aussie saddle having Arabian bars. As far as I know, they have a medium tree or a wide/draft tree.
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Fit: My initial thoughts are that it is low in the front - there's not much wither clearance going on; the back panels should lay flatter on her back. I await to see if other members see this or something else.

Green Mold: You should be able to make that go away with a cleaning (saddle soap, water and leather conditioner/oil).

Straps: That's a bit of a mystery. I don't think they are part of the over girth system so what would they be used for??
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the pictures are too dark for me to tell much. take her outside and get good lighting on the areas that you are trying to show, such as the front , so that we can see how much wither clearance there is, and if the angle of the front bars matches her back.

I am not so sure that is any kind of cheap Indian made saddle. it look like it a reasonable construction. Most Australian saddles that I have seen have leather that is tanned differently, or is of a quality that does not look as good as what you'd see on a typical English saddle or decent Western saddle. not sure why.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-21-2014, 02:16 PM
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If I may add (and I'm not on commission), check out Downunder Saddles. They have a web page catalogue and frequently have used saddles, scratch and dents for sale and also can help with fitting. I purchased their Kimberley synthetic endurance saddle (around $400) and have found it of very good value with a good fit for both horses and me.
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Tiny, the leather looks different on cheap saddles because it is usually urine-tanned water buffalo leather. Good quality saddles from the US are usually made with naturally-tanned cow leather, which is thicker and of higher quality.

OP, are there any straps between the flaps? I ask because in the pictures showing the near-side of the saddle, there appears to be a strap hanging out. My Aussie saddle (which I recently sold) had the Aussie rigging removed and was rigged western. It almost looks like the same was done to this saddle.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-21-2014, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for replying so quickly everyone! It was raining outside, so I couldn't take sunny pics. She has a 3 finger wither clearance, so I thought that would be alright. The leather is soft, just has some mold spots. It has 1 strap under the flap (on each side) and a slot on either side for an over girth, so my assumption is an aussie girth set-up. I would love to order online from one of the Australian saddle companies, but being in Alaska, shipping is outrageous. I'm trying to prevent that as much as possible but I may end up going that route.
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I agree with the others posters - my only wonderment is that it looks like it's scooched quite a bit too far back on her back. To the best of my knowledge, you want the beginning of the panels to be sitting right behind her shoulder blades.

I don't think I'd pay $300 given the mold and the missing pieces, but it's your call. It doesn't look like a terrible fit for this mare! :)

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post #9 of 9 Old 09-21-2014, 03:25 PM
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get a local leather worker to make you waht you need.
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