What kind of saddle pad do I need for an Australian saddle?
The correct pad to use for any Australian pad is rectangular in shape, and should be just enough to cover the underside of the saddle, with a couple of inches extra in the front, and down past the edge of the fleece, or traditional stuffing. to give the pad more grip.
What is an Overgirth?
The overgirth is essential when racing or going cross country. It is a safety tool to keep the saddle in place in case the girth or girth straps break. It fits over the saddle and the buckle secures under the horse’s belly. Made by Shepherds of 2″ nylon webbing with a single buckle with one elasticated end.
How do you fit an Overgirth?
- Fold the over-girth in half and place it on the centre of the saddle.
- Adjust the over-girth so it sits in the centre of the saddle.
- Bring the buckle part of the over-girth under the horse’s belly, through the martingale loop, ensuring it is sitting on top of the girth.
- Fasten at the same tension as the main girth.
What size Aussie saddle do I need?
If you normally ride in a 17″ english saddle, then you need a 17″ Australian saddle. If you normally ride in a 15″ western saddle, then you ride in an Australian seat two inches larger, usually a 17″ seat. Having a larger seat size will allow you to post in your saddle if you tend to post or stand in your stirrups.
How should an Australian saddle fit?
The wider the saddletree, the lower the front of the saddle will sit. Ideal Fit – The front and back of this saddle is level, distributing the rider’s weight evenly over the horse’s back. Don’t just consider the front and back of the saddle, also look at the seat itself.
What is the difference between a western saddle and an Australian saddle?
The position of the rigging dees on a Western saddle tend to place the saddle further down the horses back when compared to the position an Australian stock saddle takes on a horses back. This means that when girthed up the saddle is in a more forward position and the rider weight is more over the horses shoulders.
How long should your girth be?
As a rule of thumb, you should be able to fit about two fingers between the bottom of the saddle pad and the top of the girth. For a long girth: The girth should sit below the crook of the rider’s knee, about two to three holes from the end of the billet, depending on the length of the leg.
Do you post in an Australian saddle?
If you normally ride in a 17″ english saddle, then you need a 17″ Australian saddle. Having a larger seat size will allow you to post in your saddle if you tend to post or stand in your stirrups. Some riders like the poleys right against their thigh, and will choose a snug fit.