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post #1 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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English saddle question

We've been working on western, but my 9 year old daughter has just informed me that she much prefers english after having some english lessons. She loves to post, and says she can't feel the horse enough with her legs through the western saddle. I just ASSumed she would like western, because that's what I like lol.
I've done very little english riding myself, and the last time I was in an english saddle I got thrown, so it's never been my thing. She has a trainer to work with, and her quarter pony does have a pretty bouncy trot, so english will probably be better all around.
My question is, when looking for an english saddle for her, what kind has the deepest seat? I'd feel more comfortable if she were starting out in a saddle with a little bit deeper seat. Or maybe that's just me being a worry wart? I ride my green horse in a barrel saddle (I have no intention of ever doing barrels) because I feel less likely to fall out lol. So I don't want to "project" my anxieties on her if it's not a relevant concern.
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 03:19 PM
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I'd just get a general purpose saddle for her. I had an HDR as my first saddle. You wouldn't want a deep seat if she has any intentions of jumping. It will also be what she feels comfortable in. So I'd see if she can sit in any of her trainer's saddles and go from there.

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You need to talk to her trainer about what saddle will work bests for what she is doing, which will probably not be something with a seat deep enough to make you feel like she is more safe.
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Thanks. I will definitely ask her trainer too. I just like to get a variety of opnions when it comes to horse stuff. We borrowed a small english saddle that she's using for her small pony, but I'm not sure exactly what type it is.
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Oh, and she has said that she definitely doesn't want to do jumping. But that can obviously change of course.
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Jumping is the best thing in the world! lol I'm not biased :P

If you could post a picture of what she's riding in now it would help lots!

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She is riding in this little saddle that we are borrowing from a friend. She likes this one, but we need to get our own.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/d...tos/saddle.jpg
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If she feels secure in that, she can probably ride in most anything. That's not a very deep seat. Most new riders would slide all over the place in that saddle. She must have a nice natural seat. At least it opens up your options a lot when you start saddle shopping.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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By the way, here's a saddle with a deep seat. See how the cantle is a lot higher than the one your daughter is using? I don't know what your price range is, but I have one for sale just like that.
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-09-2010, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking something more along the lines of the pic you (myboypuck) posted. what would you call that type of saddle? Not sure about price range, have to talk to the hubby. I suspect he is going to say "as little as possible" lol.
She is doing fine in the saddle she has now, BUT she has only used it on our been there done that little pony. The horse she is going to be showing isn't bombproof like the pony/
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