How to make a play quality aussie saddle


This play-quality Aussie saddle is the perfect thing to do with cheap, unrealistic toy saddles. It is a great project for someone who is learning to make tack, or for a kid who wants to play with tack that is more authentic.

For Your Aussie Saddle
You need

● An unrealistic English saddle
● Tacky glue
● Four jump rings
● Black or brown leather
● Felt to match leather


1.  Get an unrealistic English saddle.

On this saddle, the seat looked more like a bike seat than a saddle seat,  the stirrups were too small for a dolls' feet, and it was plain and unrealistic.


2. Cut off all the parts you don't want with a pair of scissors. I cut off the stirrups and girth. Then I cut off the extra plastic around the saddle, and cut two poleys, or knee rolls out of it. The poleys are D-shaped.


3. Out of your leather, cut the pieces in the photo. Top to bottom, left to right:  panel, two flaps, over-girth, seat, knee roll covers, stirrup leathers.


4.  Glue the panel (crescent moon shaped piece) behind the seat.



5. Cut a slit in the upper part of the flaps and thread the over-girth through each one. Glue the flaps to edge of the plastic seat.

6. Glue the leather seat on to the plastic seat - over the top of each flap and below the under-girth.

7.  Cut a short strip of leather for the cantle and glue it on to the back of the seat.

8.  For the girth, cut out a felt piece about three inches long and half an inch wide.  Sew it into a tube.


9.  Put a small piece of felt through two jump rings and sew one to each end of the girth.


10.  Look at the underside of the saddle. You should be able to see the ends of the over-girth coming out of the flaps. Loop one end through one of the jump rings on the girth and glue. Leave the other end alone.


11.  Stirrups - cut a strip out of a bumpy metal safety seal off a can of nuts. Bend up the sides, keeping the bottom flat. Repeat for another stirrup.
Hints: You can glue two layers of metal together if the stirrup is too bendy, but you might want it to be flexible so it can be gently clamped onto your rider’s foot.


If you don’t have metal, you can make western stirrups, which are described in Play Quality Western Saddle.


12.  Wrap one end of each stirrup leather around the top of a stirrup. Then gently peel up the edge of the seat behind the over-girth and glue the end of the stirrup leathers in. Glue the seat back down.

13.  Cover your poleys in leather, cut off the excess, and glue. You may need to clamp them while they dry. Glue the flat sides to the saddle, in front of the over-girth.


14.  For the breast collar rings: cut out two very thin strips of leather and loop one through each remaining jump ring. Glue the ends to the saddle above the knee pads.


15.  Optional. Some Aussie saddles have horns, others don’t.
Coil a strip of leather 1/2” tall and 1” tall up and glue it. Glue a circle slightly bigger than 
the top of the coil on top of it. Glue the finished horn to the front of the saddle.


Your Aussie saddle is done now. Aussie saddles are used in ranch work, trail riding and endurance riding.

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