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SQUEE! Super excited :D When I first paid for the saddle it said it should be here by the 17th (today), but then I checked today to confirm and the tracking system said the 23rd. Obviously they were wrong & when I got home it was waiting for me on the front porch.

It's a black older Kimberly. Label on the back says "The Poley." I was debating buying new, but liked the look of this one better. Has obviously been well used & well taken care of (except it could use a good oiling). The only thing that got me was how HEAVY it is. It probably weighs as much as my barrel saddle & dressage saddle combined. Which worries me with Dani :? No pictures of it on a horse yet as it arrived after I got back from the barn. Will try it tomorrow, see if I like how it rides/fits me, & if I can deal with the massive weight. If not I might be saddle shopping again :?
 

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Yaaay! I absolutely LOVE mine and I've only ridden in it a few times. It IS heavy - about as heavy as my old Roper. I was a teensy bit disappointed, as hauling that thing on top of a 17 something hand monster is HARD - but my love of it outweighs my disappointment about the weight. I guess I'd read that they are heavier than you'd expect too, so it wasn't too much a shock.

The're SO comfortable - I hope it fits you and your horse well!
 

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Thanks! Yeah I was like holy cow o_O they must have sent it with a ton of extra stuff. Nupe. Just the saddle. It was a task getting it down the stairs to my room LOL. Dani is currently off riding due to weight issues/injuries so I'll have to test it on Cally >.> I will feel your pain VERY soon. Short 5'3" person trying to toss this heavy saddle on a 16.2h WB. Oh boy.

I didn't buy it directly from Down Under so it's not custom fitted to Dani. I've heard you can send it back to them & get it fit. We shall see...
 

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Thanks! Yeah I was like holy cow o_O they must have sent it with a ton of extra stuff. Nupe. Just the saddle. It was a task getting it down the stairs to my room LOL. Dani is currently off riding due to weight issues/injuries so I'll have to test it on Cally >.> I will feel your pain VERY soon. Short 5'3" person trying to toss this heavy saddle on a 16.2h WB. Oh boy.

I didn't buy it directly from Down Under so it's not custom fitted to Dani. I've heard you can send it back to them & get it fit. We shall see...
You can! It's a *tad* exspensive, I think it's 60 bucks not including shipping. I kept the box my saddle came in in case I had to send it in for anything LOL. I emailed them a while back asking if they could refit a used saddle, and they told me they could only make it smaller, not bigger... But I've read about people who order their saddle, it's too narrow and they send it back/get it adjusted. So IDK, you'd have to email and see!

I'm only an inch taller than that, so I can tell you from experience it's going to suck - I pretty much throw my saddle at Clementine and then shift it into position after the fact LOL
 

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Oh good! From just eyeballing it on the couch to me it does look kinda narrow. Dani isn't ready to have it custom fit to her just yet anyway, but that's good to know they will.

Tomorrow is gonna be interesting >.> I need to figure out what to do with the excess stirrup leather too. They don't look like they're even on correctly to me.
 

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Mine has a "collar" of leather that goes over the buckle of the stirrup leather so you don't get rubbed by it. I love my Aussie-I've had it for around 30 years, had to get new billets a few years back. I need to sell some saddles, but the Aussie will not be one of them.
 

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...I need to figure out what to do with the excess stirrup leather too. They don't look like they're even on correctly to me.
I normally use English leathers with mine. However:







Hope those help some. I didn't see any good pictures on the Internet to explain.
 

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I use English leathers and stirrups also. After riding in it last year, I finally broke down and bought a Cashel Aussie saddle pad. That overgirth isn't very comfortable on "girlie parts" -now I'm happy for hours! Congrats on the new saddle!!
 

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I LOVE that saddle. Congratulations. I still long for the day to try out an Aussie for myself and that fits me. My husband loves them and had one before we lost it in a fire but it was a 20 inch and I never even slightly got a feel for how it should have ridden. I then tested out another Aussie for my husband just last week which was a 19 inch and still, HUGE! I ride a 14 to 14.5 barrel saddle so I would love to try out maybe a 16 inch Aussie some time. Yours looks more along that size. What size is it? Have fun trying it out!
 

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Aussies ARE heavy, but once you use them exclusively, it changes to every other saddle being weirdly light. That's a gorgeous saddle, and I hope it fits you and your horse.
 

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Thank you bsms that actually makes sense. I flipped them around & had to like pry the latches open because they were wound through both openings - making it almost impossible to open them because of the stirrup. They still don't look totally right but the leathers are stiff & stuck how they are.

Thanks everyone! This is making me more excited to try it out tomorrow.

Mammakatja - Close! Its a 17" my barrel saddle is a 15" dressage is 17" figured aussie saddle might fit like a dressage saddle would. That and all the bajillion charts I looked at said I should go with 17" lol
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Well, I wasn't sold after the ride with Cally yesterday. Her trot is SO big that it's difficult to sit - meaning I had to post & smack myself a couple of times on the poleys. Cantering was better. I felt like there was a LOT of saddle between me & her. My legs also had a difficult time clearing the large flaps to give signals :/ I decided though I couldn't make my decision to keep/sell on that since I didn't even buy this saddle to ride her in - this is Dani's trail saddle.

So even though Dani is supposed to be getting the rest of this month off, I saddled her up & tried it again. I didn't feel like there was as much saddle between us this time - maybe just because I knew what to expect this time around lol. Giving leg cues is still a little difficult & I had to figure out to sit a bit different. The seat also isn't as deep as I thought it would be. It's deeper than my western but not my dressage. Does that sound correct to everyone? Or is my saddle maybe too small? I debated that too. Today was a much better ride in it with Dani than Cally though so I think I'll trail test it before I really make my final decision.
 

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I've never ridden a dressage saddle. My DownUnder saddle feels to my butt like my Bates AP saddle does, only with bigger flaps. I wouldn't call it a close contact saddle!

I love the poleys, probably because my mare used to spook really bad. I couldn't count the times she did a 180 or 360 with no warning, and the poleys kept my hips aligned with the saddle, and thus my butt IN the saddle. She hasn't done a 'turn & burn' in a long time, but she did try to race another horse some months back. Getting her to stop had my thighs braced against the poleys as I brute forced her to a stop. I'm not a real small guy, but she isn't a real small horse, either!

I don't hit the poleys posting, but I'm a fan of a very discrete post. I tell folks my goal is for my crotch to clear the saddle, while my jeans stay in contact.

If someone could figure out how to put poleys on my Bates jump saddle, I'd think I'd died and gone to heaven. Until then...I guess a lot comes down to what you are used to, and what you want. I love Australian saddles, but my wife & daughter won't touch them. For arena riding, I sometimes do bring out my Bates:



But the DownUnder will probably remain my go-to saddle:

 

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Your Aussie doesn't have a very deep seat. My new saddle has a seat similar to yours, whereas my old saddle was similar to this one and was absolutely amazing.



It also doesn't sound right that you were hitting the poleys when you were posting. It could just be the fact that you're not used to them, or the saddle could be too small.
 

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I don't hit my poleys when I post a trot. I'm not a person with a really big post, though, either. When I'm sitting in the saddle, theres about a finger and a half of clearance between my leg and the poleys.

It definitely isn't close contact, but you can buy a girth converter to make it a bit more discrete I believe. I can't tell you if the seat deepness is right compared to an English, but for Western it's about right. I personally love the seat- my old saddle just killed my knees. This one I'm good in!
 

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I think part of smacking the poleys was me getting used to them. I probably also have the over-exaggerated post at times (and Cally has a BIG bounce to her trot). I'll have to post pictures of me actually in the saddle to see if it looks correct to everyone else. Where I'd like my stirrups shoves my legs right next to the poleys. Where I think they should be gives me the more relaxed dressage type leg with space from the poleys. I just tried the shorter stirrup for a bit at the start with Dani then took them back down.

That's exactly why I got this saddle Shoebox lol. My western just kills my seat bones & knees. I'm far more comfortable in my dressage but for trails I do like the stability of having a horn & bit more around me (which what attracted me to the aussie with the poleys). I'm going to try switching the stirrups to english ones & see if that's more comfortable for me. The ones it came with have a tendency to slide around a bit.
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It's funny that you mention how much you like your dressage saddle for trails. The saddle I'm picturing here is my Crosby dressage saddle. I bought it on a whim on Ebay as I stumbled across it with like 2 min and the price was really good. I've ridden westerns and my Stubbens all my life but was always curious what a dressage saddle even feels like and how does it differ from an AP other than the obvious. OMgoodness, this thing is by far the most comfortable. The deep seat is awesome and mine is old! I've seen more updated dressage saddles with even deeper seats. Like I said, I haven't been able to compare it to an Aussie since I haven't found one of those in my size on a whim on Ebay, LOL, but as of right now I probably prefer this dressage saddle for trails as well. I bet it is just a matter of getting used to it though. Just gives ya an excuse to do more riding. ;)

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It is super light. And I like it because it's a little unique with the flap strap that I needed to find a 3 buckle dressage girth for. I feel more secure in this one than my suede seat stubben imperator. Now that Aussie pic Tracer posted....wow. I wonder what that feels like. :) :) :) I would love to see a picture of you in your new one SketchyHorse. :)

Just out of curiosity, bsms, why do your wife and daughter not like the Aussies?
 

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...Just out of curiosity, bsms, why do your wife and daughter not like the Aussies?
Although we were both stopped in this picture and I was leaning forward, notice the difference in the angle of our thighs. I think that is the reason - my daughter in particular likes to ride with a severe chair seat, while I like my thighs more vertical. Trooper (the Appy) is the only horse she is willing to ride, and he doesn't seem to mind, so I've given up trying to correct her. Besides, she is 15, so I'm obviously incapable of knowing anything useful...:evil:



 
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