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    12-05-2012, 08:52 PM
  #1
Weanling
Dressage saddle?

I found out my old English saddle had a crack all the way through the front of the tree (what can I expect, it was +20 years old), but I am still thinking about using an English saddle. I don't think I want to go for an all purpose/jumping saddle because the flaps get caught on my boots and I'm not going to be jumping (maybe a few hops here and there over a little tiny jump). I was thinking about getting a dressage saddle; do those support the lower back at all? I'm a Western rider and I do enjoy that lower back support; would the dressage saddle offer that support/more relaxed seat than a jumping saddle?

Thanks!



P.S. I FINALLY jumped over Thanksgiving break! I attended my barn's advanced rider camp and we did an obstacle course and there was a little 'jump' that we had to go over (walk over it), it is only about 9 inches tall or so, not that high at all. After I finished the course I trotted over it, or tried, the horse trotted up and walked over it, lol. I trotted again from the other direction and she jumped it! She cantered out and then the gate hit her butt and she freaked out a little, but I was already one rein stopping her so it was all good :) I was SOSOSO happy that I got to jump, and, my gosh, it was so much fun, even though it was tiny I hope I can do it some more :)
     
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    12-06-2012, 07:29 PM
  #2
Weanling
Another thing: if I were to get a dressage saddle, what is a good but affordable saddle brand? I was looking at used saddles but I'm not sure of reputable brands/which ones are best. Thanks!
     
    12-08-2012, 08:15 PM
  #3
Weanling
How do the flaps get caught on your boots? For trail riding, hopping over random jumps here and their, random arena work, I would say get a AP saddle... The flaps are not as forward as a jumping saddle, and it provides for whatever you want to do in it. Just in general I like AP saddles. IF you are wanting to start getting into jumping, then get a AP saddle aswell.

BUT, if you are looking for more comfort/support I would say to get a dressage saddle. What are you using the English saddle for? Trail riding? Arena work?
     
    12-08-2012, 11:20 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Legend    
How do the flaps get caught on your boots? For trail riding, hopping over random jumps here and their, random arena work, I would say get a AP saddle... The flaps are not as forward as a jumping saddle, and it provides for whatever you want to do in it. Just in general I like AP saddles. IF you are wanting to start getting into jumping, then get a AP saddle aswell.

BUT, if you are looking for more comfort/support I would say to get a dressage saddle. What are you using the English saddle for? Trail riding? Arena work?
By the flaps getting caught on my boots: I had an old English saddle and I put it on a barrel (with a girth) and sat in it. I had my cowboy boots and shorts on (we were just chilling at the barn) and the flap would go in the gap between my leg and boots. I usually ride in skinny jeans so that would be an issue. The saddle was broken anyway and I was looking to get another one.

I'm going to be using the English saddle just for my once a week riding lesson, I usually do an obstacle course or the barrel pattern (not galloping or cantering, just trotting and walking). I do ride Western and the barn does not to English, so I'm not looking to jump (although I'm dying to do it [I used to do English a few years back]).

Thanks!
     
    12-09-2012, 12:17 AM
  #5
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The flaps on any english saddle will generally get caught on cowboy boots. Generally, you should be wearing tall boots or short boots with half chaps.
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    12-09-2012, 12:42 AM
  #6
Weanling
Dressage saddles are extremely comfy! I bought one a few months ago, a like new Passier Grand Gilbert Nicole model (which I got for a steal!!!), strictly for trail because I did not want to scratch up my barrel saddle. They are, in my mind, sort of like a combination of English and western saddles. They are pretty pricey though so you may possibly want to think of even Australian or AP saddles :)
     
    12-09-2012, 10:30 AM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by horsea    
Dressage saddles are extremely comfy! I bought one a few months ago, a like new Passier Grand Gilbert Nicole model (which I got for a steal!!!), strictly for trail because I did not want to scratch up my barrel saddle. They are, in my mind, sort of like a combination of English and western saddles. They are pretty pricey though so you may possibly want to think of even Australian or AP saddles :)
I found a place with really cheap but nice dressage saddles.

That is exactly why I wanted to get one! I like the support of a Western saddle but I like the freedom of movement in an English saddle. One of my friends rode in an Aussie saddle and she said the bucking roll type thingys got in the way a lot.
     
    12-09-2012, 02:45 PM
  #8
Weanling
Ahh, yeah, riding in Western boots and English saddles don't work out all the time. It really depends on how tall your Western boots are though... Years ago, before I got tall boots, I would ride in western boots, and I never had a problem with them getting caught on the flap. I only had a problem with how humongous they were for the stirrup irons.
     
    12-13-2012, 02:03 AM
  #9
Yearling
I ride in an aussie, and they are the most comfortable thing in the world. I game in one during festival and I have never been happier.

They have the same deep seat component of dressage, and sits you straighter than an english. Or I feel so, anyway. You can get one with or without a horn, too. I prefer hornless, personally. As for the poleys... I've never had an issue. For me, I always felt that they kept me more secure and were less obtrusive than western saddles bars.
     

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