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    12-02-2009, 01:22 AM
All-Purpose Equitation

Just read this about All-Purpose saddles...I have one out on trial now, a County "Eventer". I haven't been able to ride it yet because I just got it tonight, but I was wondering about your opinion on what is said about all-purpose saddles, particularily the bold parts. Thanks!

By the way, the first part of this paragraph is referring to where the stirrup bars are located in relation to the deepest part of the seat. It said all purpose saddles have the stirrup bars located in front of the deepest part of the seat...

All-purpose saddles are usually designed this way. It is a far more protective, defensive riding position. It takes longer to fall off forward if you leg is parked out in front of you. No matter how hard you try you will not be able to put your leg under you for a proper equitation position in an all-purpose saddle. Riders on all-purpose saddles generally ride with shorter stirrups. The flaps on all-purpose saddles are set farther forward in order for your knees to not stick out off of the flaps. Riders compensate for this by leaning a bit more forward to balance. This type of saddle usually had a round cantle, a deeper seat and knee rolls. All-purpose-saddles are used mainly for trail riding, recreational riding, fox hunting and cross-country horseback riding. These kinds of saddles are comfortable for long rides.
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    12-02-2009, 01:35 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by pmclamb    
No matter how hard you try you will not be able to put your leg under you for a proper equitation position in an all-purpose saddle.
I can. My trainer can. All my horse-riding friends can. I don't know where the heck they got this statement... Maybe they were riding on a very badly built saddle.
    12-02-2009, 01:54 AM
All right sounded a little silly considering how many people ride All-Purpose saddles, but just wanted to make sure.
    12-06-2009, 12:09 AM
Green Broke
Acctually, I agree with this statement. I am way to forward in my jumping position, and whilst I am really working on it, my trainer says part of it is due to the fact that I use a AP insted of a jumping saddle. I am in the process of buying a jumping saddle right now. It is also the fact that my current saddle doesn't fit me. The flap is not forward enough, I have a very long leg, so I have to get the most forward flap possible on my saddle.
    12-06-2009, 10:58 AM
Green Broke
I agree with StormyBlues. I have had several models of AP saddles and all I can say is... All they are is a cross between a close contact and a dressage saddle. They create an "in between" position which isn't helpful at all. These two saddles are so different in the position they put you in that I think it's funny that someone thought they could put it together and do both disciplines in it. It jus doesn't work!
    12-06-2009, 12:56 PM
Is this saddle an eventing saddle or an a/p ?
    12-06-2009, 04:21 PM
Green Broke
An eventing saddle would be a jumping saddle with extra theigh blocks and such
    12-06-2009, 07:34 PM
I do have trouble keeping my leg under me in my AP saddle. I didn't have anything to compare my AP saddle to until I recently sat in a close contact jumping saddle. HUGE difference in where my balance is distributed. If you want to know for sure before you spend the money, just try a jumping saddle the same day you try the AP. That's the only way to really tell which type suits you best.
    12-06-2009, 10:28 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
An eventing saddle would be a jumping saddle with extra theigh blocks and such
no its not....

Eventing saddles are made more for jumping but still with a deep seat, while a/p saddles are made a little more for dressage with a slightly longer straighter flap. Event saddles are very easy to jump in bc they are made for you to jump more challanging obstacles.

Sorry if this discription doesnt make any sense.... but basically they are NOT the same

If you are planning on getting a county event saddle I don't think you will have problems with it for jumping
    12-06-2009, 11:11 PM
It's not going to be for jumping anytime soon. I am a new rider looking for an english saddle for my horse. I am looking for a good saddle for just learning how to ride, but considering most dressage saddles are higher priced, even the used ones I have looked at, I tend to avoid looking at those.

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