History of the Stocksaddle
The traditional Australian stock saddle is created in 1850´s in the dust of outback cattle camps, it had to be strong both above and below to withstand the treatment of tough men and wild horses.
It´s design had to be such that it would keep a man in place on a wildly bucking horse and yet be comfortable enough for a six month droving trip. It also had to be made in such a way that he stockman isolated in the bush and with the barest minimum of tools could do most of his own repairs.
It is interesting to note that while the american cowboy and the australian stockman both did similar work in the saddles that evolved were so different. The American saddle grew from the saddle used by the spaniards and this is why it is so fundamentally different from the Australian. Alls saddles are built upon the foundation of a saddle tree. What goes on hte top of the tree is for the comfort of the rider and what goes under it is for the comfort of the horse.
The traditional Australian stock saddle has more bulk below the tree than on top, the rider was always aware that a good horse needed a good saddle, one that considered the comfort of the horse to be as important as the comfort of the rider.
The American saddle lined underneath with fleece is soft and fluffy to our hands, but once packed down and compressed with the rider’s weight on top there is very little between the horse’s back and the unyielding material of the tree. On the other hand the Australian saddle is well padded to begin with, and if kept regularly counterlined, will always remain so.
The Australian stock saddle is undoutably the best saddle for its job in the world, so it might come as a suprprise to find that it is fast disappearing and being rapidly replaced by various hybrids between the Australian and the American. These have been created not to combine the best features of both styles but rather to combine te most economical assembly methods.
The traditional stock saddle is entirely built by hand.
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