15 minute ride in Rio’s new ausie saddle with no bit, no spurs teaching him
how to get some steering he has the whoa down 🙂
I changed the crupper to the Britchen. Purchase the Britchen to keep the saddle in place for donkeys.
One saddle does not fit each equine or the rider. The saddle needs to be custom fit for the equine back, withers and the seat size of the rider. This saddle fits Rio’s back (flat as a board no withers) my husband Scott perfectly and I can ride in it too a bit big is better than too small for the rider.
“Saddle fitting was something that took me many hours of research and purchasing the wrong expensive saddle leaving my horse with sores. I had no idea how complicated it could be after all when I was a kid at thirteen it was easy I just got on my horse and took off for rides after school, I was a kid and a bit lighter than I am today.”
Why did we wait until Rio was seven years old to order his custom fit saddle?
Mammoth donkeys are not full-grown until six or seven. Rio stands 16’2 hands he was full-grown at age seven.
What saddle company did we use and why?
We used the Down Under Saddle Aussie Company as I had used this company to fit my short backed quarter horse Miss Lily after a western saddle did not fit. This company is outstanding at helping to teach how to do a custom fit. We did wither tracing, photos and talked on the phone before picking out Rio’s custom fit Snowy River saddle. This saddle fits perfectly sweat marks are complete, no dry areas causing white spots from rubbing. This company helped me get the crupper and breast collar along with a horn. If you have never ridden in an aussie saddle you are missing out in long trail rides as they are light and very comfortable.
I highly recommend the down under saddle company for fitting all horses, donkeys and mules as they have excellent return policies and provide amazing products.
A photo of my horse Miss Lily wearing her Syd Hills Ausi saddle ordered in 2009,
saddle weighs 18 1bs.
Me riding Ms. Lily before the car accident in 2010
Photo before 2009 I added a back cinch to help keep the saddle in place trail riding for Miss Lily
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody