… Frequently Asked Questions from our Our Customers
We have many people curious about Australian saddles and what are they exactly all about. These questions and answers will hopefully help to clarify the most common questions we get regarding the Australian saddles.
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Yes, yes and yes!! Because of the more forward style of saddle, like an English, you sit back in your seat, your legs come slightly forward and your heels are down in your stirrups. This is not a forced position but natural to this style of saddle. So when you are out on the trail you are truly sitting in your seat, your pelvis is naturally rolled back in a neutral position so this takes pressure off of your low back and hips. If your horse comes upon a trail monster and spooks, you will stay in your saddle because you are already in a secure riding position. The narrow 2″ stirrup leathers takes the pressure off of your knees since the leathers are so easy to turn, unlike the wider and heavier western leathers.
Basically the difference is the English came to Australia with their English saddles and the Australians began to modify the saddle for the rough terrain they were riding in. The serge panels conform to the horse’s back with continued riding. Along with the riding position that the saddle puts you in, this allows for a larger distribution of weight over the saddle. These types of saddles don’t need a thick pad on most horses as the panel has plenty of cushioning, like an English saddle. The western fleece panels were designed with the most readily available material around which was fleece. This type of panel does usually require a thicker pad for conformation to the horse’s back. The serge panel has the abilitiy to mold into curved areas of the horse’s back, where the fleece panel does require the pad for that ability and tends to be suited to wider backed horses. Both panels have their pros and cons and suitability to different breeds of horses.
I don’t try to convince someone which to get. A horn or no horn if they have strong preferences. But I do like to educate on the fact that a horn is not a safety feature. They were designed for roping. So unless you are roping cattle do you really need one? For the horn bag sure. Horns have been known to hook rider’s clothing, chaps and I have heard of stories of people hanging from the horn this way. They also have been know to break many pelvis as the rider lands on the front of the saddle in a bucking situation. They are a pain on the trail. Leaning under tree branches they are in the way and grap shirt snaps. To hold onto a horn during cantering will only throw the rider off balance. In the end it is up to each individual rider what is best for them, but these are some things to consider.
Great! All the more reason to try a light weight Australian Saddle! The weights range from 13 lbs for the Endurance Style saddles, to about 28 lbs for more heavier saddles. We even have had some of our older clients tell us they remove the stirrup leathers when they put the saddle on to lighten them up even more.