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Here are a series of emails between Colin and a person who bought a used Aussie Saddle off E-Bay


From: Curt Shepard <>
To: Tassc <>
Sent: Wed, May 2, 2012 5:08 pm
Subject: Re: Fw: Colin%20Question


Quick update.  I decided to awl the pads on my saddle and when I took a
good look I decided to re-flock it instead.  I took out the stitching
where the pad attaches to the sweat flap and pulled out the old fiber,
which was a multi-colored lumpy mass, and carded it to regain the use
of the material.  I added some polyester filling to fluff it up and
moved it in and around with a tool I made out of a cheap barbeque fork.

I sewed it back up and tried it on my horse.  With the increased
padding in the front it now clears her withers nicely and she is moving
well.  I will ride it for awhile and then adjust the flocking if I need

Colin, I can't begin to thank you enough for your input, and your great
videos, they have guided me every step of the way.  I can ride the
stock saddle the way I rode my roping saddle and with the suspended
seat I get to ride in comfort!  I changed the stirrups leathers so I
could use my wood and steel stirrups and added a small fender just for
the looks.  I was able to match up the coloring and aged look, so now I
have a highly functional and good looking saddle.

Again, thanks!  If you ever need a testimonial or if you want to use
this one, please do!

Curt in Az

       From: Tassc &lt;;
 Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2012 12:20 AM
 Subject: Re: Fw: Colin%20Question

good, Curt, I'm here for you. col

-----Original Message-----
From: Curt Shepard &lt;;
To: Tassc &lt;;
Sent: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 9:32 pm
Subject: Re: Fw: Colin%20Question

Hi Colin,

I didn't look at the bottom of the page.  Thanks for replying twice.  I
moved the saddle forward this morning and rode her around the place
some.  It was much better than before. It was not binding her shoulders
in that place.  I will try some different things over the weekend but I
won't bug you in the next few days.

The seat is comfy, much better than my old roping saddle.  Have a great
weekend and thanks again.


       From: Tassc &lt;;
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:37 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Colin%20Question

Curt, yes, you sent it earlier, and I replied to it.

cheers, col

-----Original Message-----
From: Curt Shepard &lt;;
To: tassc &lt;;
Sent: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 10:30 pm
Subject: Fw: Colin%20Question

Colin,  I thought I sent this earlier but it seems that I got it back. 
If you get it twice please excuse me.

     ----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Curt Shepard &lt;;
To: Tassc &lt;;
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 7:35 PM
Subject: Re: Colin%20Question


I basically saddled her up and tried it with the fake fleece pad which
came with the saddle.  I took it off and positioned the saddle where
you see it.  She has high and long withers which I am trying to avoid. 
If the saddles I used in the past were more forward they pinch her
shoulders producing a very choppy trot.

I really need your input on this since I know of no one riding an
Aussie saddle I can turn to.  Don't be hesitant to tell it to me
straight, I need the full input to get this project going.



       From: Tassc &lt;;
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:15 PM
Subject: Re: Colin%20Question

Curt, this is good. Colin D.

-----Original Message-----
From: Curt Shepard &lt;;
To: Tassc &lt;;
Sent: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 10:51 pm
Subject: Re: Colin%20Question


I put it back together today and put the old English stirrups back on
for now.  I made up a couple of snap on covers for the stirrups buckles
so they don't beat me or my mare up.  I took it out to the corral,
which is maybe 50 feet from our front deck, and saddle her up.  She is
very patient with me when I am fiddling with the adjustments.  That is,
as long as I have a few treats in my pocket!  I made few adjustments
and will try me in it, on her in the morning.

I will keep you posted!  Thanks again for helping me out.  I will
certainly recommend you to any of my associates who inquire about the


       From: Tassc &lt;;
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 9:13 PM
Subject: Re: Colin%20Question

Curt, I suggest you use the saddle, if it fits you, and fits the horse.
As I said, you could get a lot more miles out of it, and if it puts a
smile on your face, so much the better!! Ride the horse and let the
horse tell you how he likes it. If you would like to take pictures of
it sitting on the horse, I will help with the fitting questions! I am
here to help you get on that pony!!

cheers, colin d.

-----Original Message-----
From: Curt Shepard &lt;;
To: Tassc &lt;;
Sent: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 7:45 am
Subject: Re: Colin%20Question


I had figured it was Indian made by the look of the chaffing on the
underside of the fenders.  Overall it still looks to be a quality
saddle.  I don't care for the elaborate carving seen on many of the
high end saddles so the looks suits me just dandy.  The stirrup irons
are heavily corroded so I will swap them out for my regular western
steel bound wood stirrups after I figure a way to adapt the buckle
ends.  My wife is claiming the leather bound stirrups for herself.  She
said something about using them for towel holders. LOL

Do you have any specific advice for an old man with a bum hip in
regards to riding aussie style?  I bought the saddle to be easier on my
mare, and on me, since I don't have a lot of flex left in my hips.  I
am very impressed with the immediate and helpful responses to my
inquiries.  If I out live this old saddle, I would definitely come to
you for a new one.

Curt in Az

       From: Tassc &lt;;
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 8:58 PM
Subject: Re: Colin%20Question

Curt, this is a very old Indian-made saddle -- maybe 15 years old. It
would have sold new for about $595. I downgrade a saddle $100 for every
year it is on the planet, so I will leave the math to you on what this
saddle is worth . Make sure the billets are strong, and that the
fenders are in good shape, and not compromised where they slide over
the stirrup suspension bar. Then invest in a new girth, and I suggest
you give the saddle a good oiling, and ride it into the ground, which
will proibably take another five years. Which is a satatement to how
well my lower end saddles are made!

Cheers, colin D.

-----Original Message-----
From: Curt Shepard &lt;;
To: Tassc &lt;;
Sent: Mon, Apr 23, 2012 3:40 pm
Subject: Re: Colin%20Question


These are the pics from the listing so you can see it untouched.  If
you need more detail just let me know.  My photographer (wife) can take
much better ones than I can.  I have it taken down into parts right now
for cleaning and conditioning.


Curt in Az.

       From: Tassc &lt;;
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 2:45 PM
Subject: Re: Colin%20Question

curt, yes, send pix and I will tell you what I can about the saddle.
thanks, colin D.

-----Original Message-----
From: Curt Shepard &lt;;
Sent: Mon, Apr 23, 2012 2:43 pm
Subject: Colin%20Question


I just received shipment of one of your saddles I purchased on Ebay. 
The previous owner bought it used about 10 years ago but doesn't know
its age.  I am in the process of conditioning the leather and will awl
the pads if necessary.  I will use some of my brass cleaner and buff up
the dees and rigging but the girth is a goner.

Is there any way to tell the age of a saddle of yours by the style of
the brass fittings, angle of the jockeys or other such design change? 
It weighs in at 30 pounds and has thick leather (at least 9-10 if not
heavier) all around.  If it will help I can send pics of the saddle
with some closeups of the rigging.

Thanks in advance for your help

Curt in Az.

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