Tack: Western Saddle and Bridle PS140; Suede Show Saddle 17" PS120; Australian Stock Saddle
PS110; 18" Med/ Wide Saddle PS80; 450g Pe 6" Neck Turnout Rug PS70; Stable/Lorry Flooring PS60; 450g Pe 6'3" Neck Turnout Rug PS50; 151/2" Pony Saddle PS50.
Watching DVDs of Australian cattle herders on horseback, Andrew decided that the saddle he wanted was an Australian stock saddle. These saddles offered a deeper seat, and the option of a horn at the front, unlike the more minimalist English saddles that we had grown up using.
The Australian stock saddle is shaped in the style of the English saddle, but it has a higher pommel and cantle, providing greater security, and it has the addition of outer blocks that sit in front of the thigh and help hold the rider in place.
Months of preparation and training, and this was it, riding long stirrup in an Australian stock saddle
, walking along the sand paths as the guide pointed out the different types of antelopes, and what to look out for to identify them, before quick dashing canters avoiding holes dug by feeding aardvarks.
At Ashcroft (British Columbia), Whelen bought "a saddle horse for $25, two pack horses for $15 each, a stock saddle
for $25, two sawbuck saddles for $5, and $25 worth of grub...." The day after a prospector gave him a quick packing lesson, Whelen headed up the Telegraph Trail.
In a stock saddle
with rider mounted, there should be about 2 inches of clearance between the withers and the gullet (underneath front) of the saddle.
For the journey I've ridden the horse in an Australian stock saddle
and a pelham bit with curb chain.
From Boolabinda, ride Australian horses with stock saddles
on a five-day ride to small out-posts in the bush.