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post #1 of 18 Old 11-02-2013, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Post How high can you jump with a dressage saddle

The horse I ride only has a dressage saddle that fit her because she is a bigger built because she is a Canadian. So I was just wonding how high you could jump without it bring unsafe. I have jump her like 2 foot before.
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-02-2013, 08:55 PM
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I have never ridden in a dressage saddle, so I can't really answer that, but I am wondering if you could not purchase a CC or jump saddle if you plan on jumping regularly? Maybe I am misunderstanding your post but I have a larger mare and I'm not limited to what type of saddle I can use? Get a saddle fitter out and I am sure you can find a proper saddle to jump in =)
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I do not own the horse so I really do not want to buy a saddle for her. Since I will be jumping in my lesson and sometime in my practice rides I was wonding about how high would be safe?
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I do not own the horse so I really do not want to buy a saddle for her. Since I will be jumping in my lesson and sometime in my practice rides I was wonding about how high would be safe?
I'd ask your insturctor as she's most familiar with the situation.
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Ok I will do that
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Jumping in a dressage saddle isn't "unsafe" it just isn't as comfortable as with an event or jumping saddle where the seat is not as deep. We have a trainer that schools the horse in dressage in a dressage saddle and than will pop over a 3 foot+ fence as a simple afterthought..it is all in the rider's balance.

There are even dressage tests out there, the Prix Caprillis, that have jumping within the test...granted the fences aren't extremely high, max is 2'9 I think, but the tests are most likely going to be ridden in a dressage saddle.
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-02-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Ok that good to know. I heard some where it was unsafe
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post #8 of 18 Old 11-02-2013, 09:44 PM
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For a bigger fence the stirrups need to be shorter, and at some point the knee would be over the knee role (unless of course you have a more traditional dressage saddle w/o them). I jump up to about 3' -3'6" before I worry about it.
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-02-2013, 09:47 PM
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It is unsafe if the rider isn't well balanced. A Dressage saddle has straight flaps on it, as opposed to the forward cut with knee rolls on a jumping saddle. The reason a jumping saddle is forward cut, is to allow the rider to shorten the stirrups and use the leg to balance instead of the seat. This allows the rider to get out of the saddle and 'fold' over jumps.
In a Dressage saddle, you can't yank up your stirrups because your knees will go over the flap. Then you have no support for your leg, and therefore your balance is going to be severely effected.

For people who are extremely well balanced and are able to ride with Dressage length stirrups over a jump, then this is not an issue. For someone who really needs to use their leg for balance over jumps, they are going to come unstuck. That's where the 'unsafe' aspect comes in.

If you just want to pop over a few little jumps, a Dressage saddle will be fine. If you're wanting to jump bigger, then you're best to invest in a umping saddle. I wouldn't buy a jump saddle to compete in Dressage, and a jump rider wouldn't buy a Dressage saddle to compete in jumping.
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