15 minute ride in Rio’s new ausie saddle with no bit, no spurs teaching him
how to get some steering he has the whoaaa down 🙂
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?
Rio is a Mammoth donkey meaning his body took seven years to mature. Select When To Start An Equine Under Saddle for more detailed information.
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.
Here she is wearing the 341b Billy Cook Western Saddle
I doubt I could lift this saddle today
Not as comfortable on a three to four-hour trail ride
as my Aussie Syd Hills Saddle
Me riding Ms. Lily before the car accident in 2010 with her ausi saddle
Photo before 2009 I added a back cinch to help keep the saddle in place trail riding for Miss Lily
I am praying I can try to ride my horse for at least 15 minutes in the arena this summer as it has been three years and four months, too long I miss my horse Miss Lily. Trail riding is still my long-term goal as I miss three and four-hour rides, nothing like it. Fifteen minutes on Rio was better than nothing! GOD is amazing, never give up!!!
Remember when training the horse, donkey or mule to keep training sessions short. Always end the session with something the equine knows how to do and enjoys doing such as eating a bit of grass on the other side of the fence before brushing and putting away. Remember Donkeys think about everything and never forget a thing, some horses such as mine Miss Lily are exactly the same way.
I am disabled but not dead…. I provide free training, coaching and consulting at Melody@donkeywhisperer.com
I continue to pray one day I can start my own consulting, coaching and training business under the Donkey Whisperer Farm but this is in GOD’s hands not mine. My health is still a battle and I enjoy helping for free as teaching the human how to teach the equine is always the best way especially with donkeys and mules. Not a good idea to send them off to a trainer learn how to be the best human you can be for your equine as you are the smart human, you chose the equine they did not choose you.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody