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    01-15-2010, 01:11 PM
  #1
Green Broke
AP saddle...

I found a nice AP saddle that I can afford and that I think will work well for my horse, however it is an AP and I would like to do dressage with him. Is it okay to show dressage in an AP saddle?
     
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    01-15-2010, 03:57 PM
  #2
Showing
You're fine. What level of dressage are you going to be doing?
     
    01-15-2010, 05:47 PM
  #3
Trained
If you want to get serious into Dressage, I would highly recommend you get a proper Dressage Saddle.

The A/P's stirrup bars are placed in a position that does not encourage proper leg position to get them under you when riding. You have to fight to get your legs under you.

Yeah A/P's are alright, but they aren't that great.
     
    01-15-2010, 05:48 PM
  #4
Trained
Just to add - many A/P's have too strait of tree's for horses with arched backs.
     
    01-16-2010, 05:07 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I would get a dressage saddle. Aps are not all they're cracked up to be.
     
    01-16-2010, 05:20 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I would get a dressage saddle. Aps are not all they're cracked up to be.
     
    01-16-2010, 05:34 PM
  #7
Trained
AP saddles are ok if you want to do a bit of everything at low levels. They're no good for jumping if you want to be jumping big courses, no good for dressage if you want to get a correct position and start working on more advanced work etc.
If you want to do just dressage, I'd get a dressage saddle to do so. A dressage saddle is designed to help you get a good solid dressage position, with your leg under your body and a deep seat. An AP sets your leg forward, so you are almost in a chair seat and you will have to work doubly as hard to get your leg back. Doing dressage, the last thing you want to think about is trying to force your leg back all the time!
     
    01-17-2010, 01:31 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I do want to do a little bit of everything and won't be showing any higher than maybe first level.

However I am watching a Kieffer dressage saddle on ebay that is going for pennies.
     
    01-18-2010, 09:45 PM
  #9
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by QHDragon    
I do want to do a little bit of everything and won't be showing any higher than maybe first level.

However I am watching a Kieffer dressage saddle on ebay that is going for pennies.
There you go. An excellent idea. There always are some decent deals for used saddles. Good luck with the bidding
     

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