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Cheers, Colin D.
From: "Dora" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 08:06:59 -0500
Subject: Maria's Saddle
Hi there Colin,
I just wanted to tell you how incredibly pleased we are with the saddle! Maria loves it! The deep carving is just gorgeous, the color matches Pumpkin the mule perfectly, and the saddle fit is superb! I mean the centerfire rigging kept the saddle in place that there was not even one hair out of place!! We will send pictures and have Maria send in a testimonial too!! Wow, thanks again for everything and let me know seriously if you need a contact out here in Ohio to represent you and your saddles. I would love to help you sell them.
DiaMond D Mule Farm
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 18:31:27 -0400
Subject: Southern Cross
Hi Colin- I want to thank you for this great saddle. I've ridden in it a dozen times on two different horses and it has fit both horses and myself extremely well. The best part however, is the fact that those poleys have held me right where I need to be (and not over the horses' heads) when they have decided to yee haw a bit!! You were right when you said that I would love it!! Thanks again!! Lisa, ME
Another SURVIVOR POLEY fan!
To: Colin and the Aussie Stock Saddle Family:
Thank you so much for all your help and advice in purchasing our SURVIVOR POLEY. We absolutely love our new saddle. Not only is it comfortable, but it fits our mustang perfectly. We love you guys. Happy rides!!
Brian and GinaGavilan Hills, Ca.
I just returned from 6 days in the Arkansas Hills with my
inexperienced little Norwegian Fjord. Let me tell you, our horses slid
down hills on their bottoms, we scrambled up hills hanging onto their
manes with all our might, and even learned the deep part of the river
(oops!), and our gear stayed put. His rig fits him so welll, and looks
so good on him, it actually garnered more attention the he himself did,
which is very unusual! My stirrups never hurt my knees, my saddle seat
felt like it was molded specially for my bottom (you been talking to my
husband?). I have nothing but praise for your gear, and I sang it all
the way to Arkansas and back, and will continue for as long as anyone
will hear me. I know I promised an action shot, and you will get one, I
promise. In the meantime, thank you for your execellent attention to
detail on your gear-it shows! I'm working on an idea for a saddle bag I
want to bend your ear about, will have to work on the design more. In
the meantime, thanks so much!
I received my order just as you emailed me. Thank you so much. Your service and quality is excellent.
Regards, Linda Sluter
White hairs on my horse have disappeared. Fits Great. My wife's saddle also fits her horse.
Thanks for all the help. Really believe it to be above and beyond. Thanks again.
Greg Apple Valley
Please tell Colin thanks for talking me into a Tipperary vest: I'm out of the hospital, nothing broken but that would not have been the case if I hadn't had my vest on. ps. I was not using a stock saddle at the time! Learn a lesson the hard way....~Christina
Note from Colin: Sabrina Alcala is riding a deep carved Muster Master, that she uses for barrel racing, and high speed cross country riding, with her dad Joe, and her mother Kellie, both of whom ride Southern Cross saddles. Nothing but the best for this riding family in Norco, California!!!.
I rode my new Cordura Maverick today for the first time. Thought you might like to read about my experience.
Jake (the young man who is riding for me) and his mother rode this afternoon. It's hot and VERY windy here. Jake said Doc (my new, young horse) gave a huge spook today. He's never done that with me before. Jake also had to keep Doc off his mother's horse's rear end and Doc reared up a small amount. Also, never done that with me before. When they got back to camp, I put my new Aussie saddle on Doc and rode out with Jake for short while. I felt like everything was fine, so I turned to come back. We were side by side when the wind suddenly came up and birds or something in the brush made a noise at the same time and Doc came unglued. That Aussie saved me. I lost my left stirrup and was canted to the right on him, but I stayed on. A few feet farther, the same thing happened and he gave that huge twisting spook to the left. I again lost my left stirrup. But the Poleys kept me on the horse. That's the only saddle I'll ride with from now on. I got off and led him back to camp. We were close.Amber
I met you at the Springfield, Mass. Equine Affair and thanked you for your help choosing and fitting a saddle for my horse, Whisper, who I ride here in the Adirondack Mountains, NY. Only the most extreme weather keeps us from going out with our good friends, Cindy and Apache. We've still got too much snow and mud in the woods to venture very far, but we're ready! There are miles of back roads to choose from.
You mentioned there (or maybe it was John-thanks to you, too, John!) that I send some photos that you might post on your website.
My Muster Master is close to a year old now, and my horse and I love it!!! I really like the halter bridle as well.
My saddle arrived yesterday 5 minutes after I emailed
Thank you and John so much for your time and attention at the Equine Affair in Springfield, MA!!
...I'll send a pic when he's not so fuzzy!!!..but it looks GREAT!!
Just wanted to say thank you for helping me to fit my girth for my saddle.
I bought the converters, girth ,and the tackaberry. It works so much
better, and it is so easy! Thanks again.
I look forward to meeting you and it will be awesome to have the opportunity to show off your products. I enjoy my saddle very much and tell people all the time how enjoyable it is to ride in it. My stallion tripped the other day and went down on his knees. Because of your saddle I stayed with him as he recovered and moved on.
See you at EA and thank you sooooo much Kathy
Cloin's comment:Kathy is riding a supreme poley
I just wanted to say thank you for coming back to Equine Affaire, Ohio.
I rode in an Aussie saddle YEARS ago, and fell in love with it, and since then have always said if i ever get a horse I'll get the Aussie saddle too. Well took me a long time to get a horse, and I use that word as a generic, I got a mule baby instead. She's now three and I'm waiting one more year to get her a saddle to fit. (plus i'm saving the money for it) And she'll pretty much be done growing then too.
But your demo about saddle fitting and correct position in the saddle was an extreme help to me. And I was able to confirm my saddle size. So now I'm almost ready, just gotta get the money!
I appreciate you coming back to Ohio every year at Equine Affaire and at Congress. I could just spend HOURS literally going through your booth and talking to you.
I'm really anxious to be able to order my saddle.
That's April Smith, a trainer at River Run Ranch, in Harrisburg, Pa. "This style of saddle sure give me a lot of advantage. I want to sell them!" says April
Tanner Smith of River Run Ranch, in Harrisburg, Pa., hits the barrel course in his Tagalong Poley. He blew the doors off the competition! Of course, under the watchful eye of his father Scott Smith.
Hi There. My name is Patti and I am from Canada. I lived in Australia for a
few years and worked on a Sheep/Cattle Station in NSW. I became a lover of the
Australian Stock Saddles and upon returning to Canada I searched them out here.
I looked specifically for The Australian Stock Saddle and thought that what I
had ordered was exactly that. I have since learnt that what I bought was a stock
saddle that claimed to be from The Australian Stock Saddle Co. But it is not. It
has a fake logo on it. I was so disappointed when I found out and had spent a
great deal of money on this saddle and I am now out that money that I had worked
so hard to save. I just want anyone who is looking to buy on, to really check
into the buyer that you are dealing with and the authenticity of the saddle that
you are buying. Then you will not receive the disappointment that I have. The
Australian Stock Saddle Co. makes the best saddle that I have ever ridden in and
I really hope that one day I will get the chance to own a real one. Thank you
for many years of great riding time while living in your beautiful country. I
encourage all my friends out here in Canada to buy your saddles.
You were absolutely right when you said, go ahead, and spend the money (on an Australian-made , 12-plait kangaroo hide whip) The craftsmanship is awesome. The whip makes even me look like I know what's going on. I've watched your video so much it's getting fuzy. Thanks for everything. Donnie Hopkins, Charlotte Hall, MD
Dave Holliday here up in Auburn, WA. Still riding my Muster Master and lovin it. My buddy Dave Haynes is still ridin his Survivor Poley and lovin it. Thinking about ordering some saddle cleaning supplies and a back cinch. Here is a recent picture so you can have a look at us.
Kellie Alcala, of Norco, California, tries out her new Sport Poley, from Southern Cross. Kellie has ridden and owns many Australian stock saddles, but, she says of this one: "Wow! I just LOVE the way this saddle feels! My horse is right here!"
The barcoo bridle I ordered for my draft/appy cross arrived today, it fits him well and I love it! It's a nice bridle for a very reasonable price. I've attached a picture of Rio modeling it. Thank you!
If it's OK with you, I'll put a link to your site on my site, www.shoemyhorse.com.
Tim Campbell, a professional trainer in Norco, California, with his new stuffed panel Southern Cross Poley on one of his many mustangs. "A friend let me ride her Southern Cross, and I decided right there I had to have my own!!!!"
I purchased a 20" Southern Cross Poley...it's great . The fit is so good I could probably get away without a girth most of the time. I never had a saddle 'stay put' so well.
I took Pepper's wither tracings and sent them to Colin. A few weeks later my saddle arrived. (A Fox Poley) It fits her beautifully. And for me it is very, very comfortable, and I feel extremely secure in it.
Received the shipment of my Southern Cross Saddle and it's working out great. I also bought a SHOOTIST for my wife...and she's really happy with it. You saddle fit our mules well.
Mike and Ronda Gappa.
Thanks for the miracle. My horse Dixie is 14 years old, Tennessee Walker and for 13 years has been a problem fit. The only cure for other saddles was several blankets. The SHOOTIST saddle requires a single, thin blanket and makes an ideal sweat pattern. I believe I could ride her in this saddle without a cinch. Really appreciate your great customer service.
Doing some galloping the other day, when my horse decided to stop on a dime. I got jiggled a little but nothing of note, thanks mostly to the saddle I bought form you in June 1999.
Both my wife , Joan Sheldon, and I use our Australian saddles forall of our train riding and we're extremely happy with them.
A DREAM COME TRUE. Wow!! This saddle (a Southern Cross Poley) is so comfortable my horses smile when I put it on their backs. I am so glad I was able to meet with you at your wonderful place. Thanks for making my saddle dream come true.
The Southern Cross fits me AND my horse perfectly! It's gorgeous. I couldn't be happier and have already received many compliments on it from folks still trying to stay aboard their traditional Western saddles when their horses spook. Go figure!!!
have never encountered a company that works so hard to make sure not only that you are happy with your saddle, but also to see that you have the right one for you. When I find something this good, I want to share it with all my friends.
Janet and Bill Dingmann,
Amazingly, the SPORT POLEY fits my horse better than any other saddle I have seen. It allows more freedom of movement for the horse without discomfort for the rider.
If you're going to buy an Australian Stock Saddle -- and I STRONGLY urge you do -- buy it from The Australian Stock Saddle Company. They have correctly fit every client I have sent their way.
(noted California trainer)
I rode Peter into the Scapegoat Wilderness in Montana on a 4-day pack trip. It was 10 miles in and 10 miles back out, with lots of bridges, stream crossings, and some deep trails. Pete was comfortable the whole time and showed no signs of fatigue or soreness.Peter is 13 hands and 600 lbs-- and I am 120 lbs. Thanks again for all your help fitting this PATROL POLEY.
Hi! I LOVE my SHOOTIST.
Received my leftie holster and it's just what I was wanting. It fits my Colt .45 perfectly. I'm very pleased with it.
Good Hop, Il.
This is without doubt the greatest saddle I have ever ridden (A Southern Cross Poley) Incredible. I just love it. And Jerry loves it too. (Husband Jerry also got a Southern Cross)
Linda Severy McMahan,
PS: Linda promptly bought two more Southern Cross Poleys for her other home in New Mexico!!
HOW PROUD. Wow, that was fast! And very much appreciated. I am sure you know this, but you have an absolute cult following. People who ride your saddles, don't just ride them, they learn about them, how they are made, why they are superior. I had over 900 peope in one week respond to the saddle sale.
I will always recommend your saddles to others. As you know, the selling of a saddle is easy. Its the after the sell customer service that really diferentiates your company from others.
There was a completely even sweat pattern on both horses upon untacking. Jacque remarked that she felt very secure and she felt the saddle was completely secure during the ride. Great saddles, marvellous after-sales service.
Jeff and Jacque Trapp,
After three years and 20+ saddles I have finally found the perfect saddle for my
10 year old Missouri Foxtrotter Banjo. The Southern Cross Poley from
The Australian Stock and Saddle Company.
DISCLAIMER: This is a TRUE story, and I do NOT work for the Australian Stock and Saddle Company!!!
Many thanks Colin, from Roberta and Banjo!!!
arrived here in B.C. Canada a few days ago. It is magnificent. I
love the saddle leather. I was impressed how soft and supple the saddle
leather was. It even has some tooling.The size you sent me fits me
like a glove. I feel like a safe Humpty-Dumpty in my egg-cup.
Doug Nuytten and Brenda
I ordered a Fox Poley from you last year and I just wanted to let you know how much I love it. I have been riding in Australian Saddles for years and love them, but I have never enjoyed a saddle as much as my Fox Poley. To me it is the perfect cross between a western and Australian saddle. Not only is it an extremely attractive looking saddle, but the comfort and security can't be beat.
I'm also crazy about the tackaberry rigging. I use to have to have my husband cinch up my old Australian saddle for me, now I'm completely independent. We ride exclusively in Australian saddles whether we're training, trail riding, or competing.
I got the saddle on Friday about 5 minutes before we were leaving town! Thank you so much for tracking it down! Today is the first time I got to use it. It fits perfectly! I was so excited when I girthed him up because usually he is girthy and shows displeasure. For a super sweet guy, I knew the saddle I was using didnt fit and I needed to do something. So I watched carefully today and he didnt even flinch!!! I got so excited that Quincy thought his mom lost her mind for a second. But then he remembered that this had happened before and although terribly embarrassing, she did snap out of it. Besides, he learned quickly that if he could give her the Please tell me youre not really my owner look she might be shamed into giving him a few treats. He believes she is smart that way.
So the saddle is super comfortable, rock steady, and beautiful. I had a really GREAT ride today. And I know Quincy really appreciated it too and in fact he wanted me to ask you why it takes owners so long to figure out how to pick a comfortable saddle for their backs. I didnt know exactly how to answer so I promised him I would tell everyone about your saddles. Okay, and I gave him a few treats. He seemed happy. Ill send a picture soon!
Also, David (my husband) wanted to get your girthing system so I believe we will order that on line.
Thanks again Colin!!
Just wanted to let you know that we recently went on a 5 day ride at Otter Creek Horse Trails in New york State, and I rode about 20 combined hours in my Darwin Drafter saddle. I used to get extremely sore after about three hours in the saddle, but the first day we rode 7 hours straight, and I was so comfortable!! The saddle was also great for my horse! Through winding trails, steep climbs, and down slopes, crossing rivers and jumping fallen trees, the saddle stayed put. If I ever doubted you guys, I apologize! I have enclosed some pictures of Hummer and I enjoying the Darwin Drafter! Feel free to post these on your website!
Alicia Quist Ontario, Canada
Champion shooter Jerry Bestpitch, of Sacramento, California, with his revolving carbine scabbard. Reports Jerry: "It works great. I especially like the system of straps, so the scabbard can be placed just about anywhere on a saddle."
The Revolving Carbine from E.M.F. Co., Inc., Regular Price is $580. Mention you saw it on the TASSC website and it is yours for $530. Buy from a company that is a BIG supporter of Cowboy Mounted Shooting and SASS competition! To buy, contact E.M.F. directly at (800) 430 1310 or http://www.emf-company.com
Cheers to Colin and everyone at the Australian Stock Saddle Company!
My name is Maggie, and I just wanted to let you know how much my person, Sheila, and I love my new Survivor Poley saddle. As soon as she placed it on my back, we both agreed that this saddle fit as if it were custom made. After a few short rides close to home, Sheila took me and my best friends, Duke and Fred, to Mount St. Helens to ride through the forest to the mud flow.
We had a long wonderful ride. We were all in awe, to see first hand the destructive force of this volcano, and also to see the way the land has begun to heal its self.
My back felt great at the end of the day, and Sheila said her back and legs felt great too!
Here I am smiling for the camera, with the Toutle River running through volcano mud in the background. Also, Sheila attached a shot of the volcano that she thought you might like.
Heres to many more great rides!
Carrots & Apples, Maggie
P.S. The Survivor Poley is a great saddle. Your saddle fitters are superb. The leather is very nice, and the little bit of tooling makes it very attractive. I love the close contact feel, and it is ever so comfortable. This is also a very practical saddle for a trail rider. Lots of saddles have D-rings, but this saddle actually had them (lots of them!) right where I need them. My saddle bags actually fit properly and securely, without the elaborate strap & tie mess that I have to use with my other saddle. Ill be using this as my primary saddle from now on. The guests can ride the Tucker! And, by the way, your leather care products are wonderful!
Another very satisfied customer, Sheila Lynam
I've been meaning to thank you for helping me pick out a great saddle for my husband, Wayne. As a first time rider, feeling comfortable and safe in a saddle was extremely important. He absolutely loves his Aussie and I know it has contributed to his improved riding skills. I plan to pick up an Aussie for myself in the near future and will certainly be contacting you when the time comes.
Here is a comment from a Yahoo Group
>colin dangaard is there with his saddles. i did some
looking but didn't get >to talk to him as he was busy with some other folks. the
saddles look very >nice. i'm hoping to go back this weekend and get a chance to
talk to him >personally. i just thought i'd ask you if you'd gotten yours yet
and if so, >how you like it.
I have 3 of Colin's saddles right now, and have bought/traded in 3 more, plus given him more referrals than you can count. I've found him professional and easy to work with, and I love the saddles as they are comfortable, secure, and fit very well.
Can't say enough nice things about the Australian Stock Saddle Co.
-Chellie in Iowa
We do adjustments that work
Colin...you are the BEST!!!! The saddle adjustment is working out wonderfully. I took a ride today and we boogied right along with no complaints from either of us!!! Thank you so much.
Dear Mr. deLongis,
I sent the following to Colin over at Australian Stock and Saddle
Company; I'd would be grateful for a response from you as well if you have the time:
I bought an 8' (11' with fall and popper) two-toned (brown and black)
12 plait kangaroo hide whip with the "deLongis" handle from you a few
months back. I couldn't be happier with it.
Again - thanks for such an excellent whip. I'm having a lot of fun with it.
Anthony DeLongis Reply
Anthony DeLongis Reply
I'm glad you're pleased. My present project has me working with whips of different specifications. While a good whip will perform well in the hands of a proficient practitioner, I personally continue to appreciate and prefer my modifications for both mounted and ground work.
Steve Lamade Question
So far I've put in about 5-6 hours of practice using Anthony deLongis'
method (as shown on his DVD set), and I've gotten to the point where I
can do the basic mechanic, i.e., an overhand cast or throw with the
whip starting behind me, so that it unwinds "downhill like water
flowing" (his metaphor on the DVD) and spills out straight ahead of me
on the outsde of my arm. I've found that the hardest thing to do is
to keep my hand loose and to close it at the last moment just over the
butt for that extra snap with the wrist: it requires a little more
hand strength than I had a first but I'm starting to get the hang of
Anthony DeLongis Reply
Anthony DeLongis Reply
The relaxed grip allows gravity to place the whip in your hand with the loop on top (the most efficient position since it works with the structure of the whip itself). The handle begins behind you in a horizontal position. With a relaxed grip, the loop will form as the handle passes through the vertical position as it moves past your shoulder and the arm extends fully in front of your body. This allows the whip itself to align your entire body with the target (and makes sure your arm and body are INSIDE the railroad track alignment). Then your grip tightens to "send the loop." That is the timing and the secret to making it all flow together in an effective and efficient manner.
Steve Lamade Question
The whip has started to get softer and more responsive with use (I've
found that a liberal coating of dubbin every couple of weeks or so
helps as well).
I have a question in this regard: the whip seems to have a natural
"belly" in one direction but so as much in other directions (that is:
the brown color axis around which it coils easily when I put it away -
but NOT as much along the perpendicular black color axis (if you
imagine it having 4 sides with alternating brown and black sides).
Should I try to work the whip along ALL the directions of its
circumference that it could go or just practice my throws along what
seems like the "better" brown side (this means I have to intentionally
pick up the whip with my hand in a certain postition to use this side
or its opposite, i.e. along the brown axis).
Anthony DeLongis Reply
Anthony DeLongis Reply
The whip has a natural belly (the inner core or skeleton of the whip) that should never be violated. I encourage that belly to soften slightly so the loop forms earlier and flows easier. My loop is always on top of the handle (unless I'm violating the protocol for a specific result) and gravity places the loop in this position naturally if I relax my grip. Don't worry about the color, it's immaterial. Feel the natural belly of the whip and encourage it.
Steve Lamade Question
It seems as though it could soften in all directions over time but I
just wanted to make sure before I try. Someone also suggeted
"softening" the whip by working it, bending it, and twisting it with
my fingers but I kind of cringed when she did this. It seems
counter-intuitive since the whip will soften all by itself the more
that I practice with it -and if it does have a natural belly in one direction then why would I want to do this?
Anthony DeLongis Reply
Anthony DeLongis Reply
I do a bit of manual manipulation of the natural belly of the whip to encourage the whip to have "muscle memory" and always flow the same way.
This is very important.
Steve Lamade Question
I hope my question is not too naive (and that it makes sense!). I'm
going to write to Mr. deLongis as well for his take on the matter.
Anthony DeLongis Reply
Anthony DeLongis Reply
It was an excellent question and makes perfect sense. When you are ready consider contacting me about private instruction at my ranch (www.delongis.com/indalo). You should also check out the whip chapter of my Action reel on line at my web site. My Fight reel is found on his http://www.delongis.com/ADLfightresume.html.
It's broken up into the Introduction and Skill Chapters. Each chapter is located under its heading.
SWORD MASTER begins with my sword fight with Jet Li from FEARLESS.
WHIP MASTER shows clips from films that I either performed with the whip or trained others and includes a section at the ranch showing multiple ranges and suggesting a variety of previously unexplored options. This only scratches the surface of what can be done.
More comments on the use of Whips as Weapons
I find your FAQ on thewhipstudio.com very interesting,
Gery. But I have to mention a couple things. First, Anthony has actually DONE
demonstrations where he asked 2 martial artists (one is James Houston
--www.jamesdhouston.net -- who has multiple titles and awards) to charge him
with weapons. They wore stunt pads, leather cycle gear over them, and motorcycle
helmets. They couldn't come in. Why? Because when you able to focus the tip of
the whip on your selected target, in this case a head (you can hit with the
fall, too), it is (as James says) like being hit with bat, and you see white
light -- this with a motorcycle helmet on. If you get closer, it can still be
used as a weapon to pummel, envelop, garrot, etc. Of course, you WOULD have to
know some martial arts. We shot some video of this at the ranch and I have asked
him to make the video available on Youtube.
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