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Re: [RC] [RC] Which girth for Aussie saddle? - Laurie Durgin

How is it rigged? I have a Longreach endurance that is a 'copy' of the Syd HIll endurance. It is girthed with english billets.I have had good luck in training for over a year with a Roma Gel waffle type girth with elastic on both ends.Never a rub.
I did buy a aussie coolback I just started using.I had to cut it shorter though and I added web straps to hold the billets like an english saddle.I also use an aussie tacky tack, but it isn't 'thick enough ' by itself for padding. Haven't had a problem yet.But haven't ridden more than 3.5 hours in it. My saddle has flat panels on the bottom about 1/2 thick. I added a closed cell cushion from a shock absorber pad(horse) at the very back as I got an itsy bit of soreness back there after a 3.5 hour ride(too much walking I think :}
I also added ties to all my pads, his barrel shape and all the up and down we ride makes pads go backwards.
It is a little hard to find pads ,they are either too short, too long or too big.There is a web site on the classifieds that seels Austrailian sheepskin pads that are imported and run about 70$ I think. "Australian connnection" I think is their name.
Lauirie/Scout/Honey




From: "Penny Trinca" <penny-trinca@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC]   Which girth for Aussie saddle?
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 16:50:27 -0600

HI, I'm a lurking newbie. Have to work hard on our trail "behavior" before
we can enter even an LD. I just bought (on ebay) a Syd Hill National
Endurance saddle, and I'm hoping it is not too narrow for my arab x
connemara mare. She has withers, but they're none to sharp. My english
saddle kept sliding to the belly-side when I'd try to get on. Perhaps a
mounting block is in order :) Anyway, as per the last post about the billets
being wider, what kind of girth should I get? I'm SOOOO confused by the
literature. Neoprene? Mohair? Contoured? Wool flocked? Felt lined? I'd also
like to hear your thoughts on pads. What's a skito pad? I've heard gel pads
develop hot spots, again, felt, wool, synthetic, or foam? I've browsed the
archives, and enjoyed the saddle review, but didn't find anything on pads or
girths. Thanks for your help and for you all being so willing to share your
thoughts and advice.



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