CC, AP, or jumping english saddle?

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    12-10-2011, 01:51 AM
CC, AP, or jumping english saddle?

Hi im a western rider but my horse has taking a real liking to jumping. Itll only be for fun but I know its not great to jump alot in a western saddle so I want to get an english one. So this will just be used for flat arena work and jumping. So should I get a CC, an AP, or a true jumping saddle? Also is it confusing to horses to be ridden both english and western? All the cues and principles are the same so I wouldnt think it would be but I heard someone say today that it was? Your opinions? Thanks so much
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    12-10-2011, 02:50 AM
CC - I love jumping in mine!!!

If you are going to jump I would recommend an AP or a GP - doesnt hep our position at all... If you wanted something to both jump and do all round stuff that's when I would consider a gp.../AP
    12-10-2011, 08:54 AM
What is "true jumping saddle"? A/P is OK for jumping (if it has forward enough flaps), but if you are serious about jumping I'd go with CC one. Personally I had tough time to keep correct position and balance for either jumping or dressage in A/P. Just make sure it fits both - you and your horse! :)
    12-10-2011, 02:01 PM
Gahhh editing last response

Originally Posted by jody111    
CC - I love jumping in mine!!!

If you are going to jump I wouldnt recommend an AP or a GP - doesnt hep your position at all... If you wanted something to both jump and do all round stuff that's when I would consider a gp.../AP but personally prefer to have a seperate dressage and jumping saddle
    12-10-2011, 03:53 PM
Originally Posted by jody111    
gahhh editing last response
Well I know some saddles are specifically for jumping. I'll really just mainly use it for jumping and arena work occassionally and my western saddle for everything else. Thanks for the advice everyone
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    12-10-2011, 06:02 PM
How high do you plan on jumping?

I don't jump so I may get this wrong...but I think jump saddles are designed to be ridden with shortened stirrups and a forward seat. That is needed for higher jumps - maybe over 2'6"? I can't find my 1940s cavalry manual, but I think that was the height where they recommended shortening the stirrup.

An AP saddle should be OK for lower jumps, if it is a jumping AP. That sounds odd, but AP saddles are sometimes adapted from dressage saddles, and sometimes from jump saddles. So some AP saddles do OK with low jumping, while others do not.

My English saddle is a jump saddle that I ride on the flats with long stirrups. My horses seem to like it, and I do too if I trust the horse. But then, I've always ridden with a bit of a chair seat - which may be why my daughter suggested nicknaming me "Harley"!

Remember - I don't jump, so this may all be bogus! It comes from reading, not doing.
    12-10-2011, 08:22 PM
^ you are right. Lots of saddle fitters will call an a/p tailored to jumping an event saddle and an a/p tailored more to dressage an a/p.

If you arent an english rider and wont be jumping much or high I would go with an a/p tailored more towards jumping. You will be a lot more comfortable in that than a cc saddle, which is strictly for jumping and can be hard to ride in with your longer flat stirrups. Just my 2cents.
    12-13-2011, 12:13 PM
I think you could definitely get away with an all purpose saddle.. but honestly ride in what makes you feel comfortable.

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