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    09-26-2011, 06:45 PM
Pony Club Requirements

Hey all,

My 6 year old daughter will be starting pony club next month and now I am saddle shopping.

I found some sweet deals on both an A/P Saddle and a Dressage Saddle.

Which one should I get - suggestions?

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    09-27-2011, 02:26 AM
Personally, I'd go for the AP even though your daughter is 6 there is a good chance she is going to be using that saddle in 2-3 years time. Having a saddle that she can learn to jump in and ride flat work is better then just a dressage saddle.

When I up graded my saddle when I was a kid (worked my butt of to buy it) I went for an AP for that reason. A dressage saddle would have been nice but for any jumping, not so nice.
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    09-27-2011, 05:02 AM
I agree, a/p would defiently be better. I've only ever ridden in one dressage saddle before and my luck we ended up doing a tiny bit of jumping and it was much harder to jump in it :/
I'm 17 and I still have a all purpose and I just love it. I can do anything and everything in it and its very comfortable.
I'd say your daughter would be happier in an a/p but I may be biased. Unless she were to reallly want to do dressage I wouldnt personally go into dressage saddles, but as I said, that's just me.
    09-27-2011, 06:37 AM
Yup go the AP. I have a dressage saddle which I absolutely LOVE and it has been GREAT for my riding, but I have to say, it SUCKS when you want to jump! I only jump tiny crosses in it to keep Monty forward and interested.

I have an AP for jumping, which I hate because it's an inch too small for me, but it's much easier to jump in the AP and it can be used to flat in as well - I just prefer my dressage for flatting.

I think dressage saddles are really more for people who know they want to do dressage/trails/not jump, and AP saddles are for people who don't know what they want to do yet or can't afford to have two saddles. Jumping saddles are for people who know they want to jump, but a lot of people with jumping saddles also have an AP or dressage to flat in.
    09-27-2011, 06:55 AM
Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
I think dressage saddles are really more for people who know they want to do dressage/trails/not jump, and AP saddles are for people who don't know what they want to do yet or can't afford to have two saddles.

That's not necessarily true. I know what I want to do but still ride in A/p and I could buy another saddle if I wanted but I find my wintec 2000 just too comfortable.
    09-27-2011, 08:24 AM
Mmm, just saying that's sort of what they're designed for is all. I know I want to jump, but do I have a jumping saddle? Nope, still looking for one that'll fit my horse that I can afford. So I'm stuck with a cheap and nasty little AP that's way too small for me.

A dressage saddle is for riding on the flat only, which means it's great for trails or if you know you don't want to jump. They are usually more comfortable than an AP saddle until you try to jump. Then your lower leg goes out the window and you tip forwards, and no matter what you do it's just a million times harder to jump in a dressage. I still do, but only over small stuff (as in crosses that are MAYBE 6" at the point where Monty likes jumping them).

An AP you can ride on the flat or over fences up to about 90cm, so it's brilliant if you can't afford two saddles, or if you aren't sure what you want to do. Most beginners ride in these and most riding schools use primarily AP saddles on their horses, because it's too much work to find a jumping saddle that fits your horse only to find that you don't actually enjoy jumping, and ditto with dressage saddles.

Jumping saddles are designed for jumping. Depending on the quality of the saddle in question, some put you in a horrible chair seat and others put you in good alignment but are open enough to allow you to move your leg forward for landing or if you're riding a horse that's liable to refuse. Usually if you're going to jump more than about 3" you'll be jumping in a jumping saddle, and I know a bunch of people who don't jump that big but who ride exclusively in a jumping saddle, because they are designed exclusively with jumping in mind and therefore make it far easier to jump WELL.

By the way, my AP is very flatwork-oriented. Relatively straight-cut flaps, very deep seat. It is almost impossible to get out of for jumping but it's the best I've got. Well, I have an AP that is more jumping-oriented (forward cut flaps, shallow seat), but it doesn't fit my horse, AND it's still an inch too small for me!

It's just my opinion of course but I think that an AP is a much better choice for a child than a dressage saddle. When they start jumping, it's all they want to do, and if they're in a saddle that makes it harder for them, they're going to resent that and demand a new saddle. At least that's my experience, and what's happening with me! (although I'm the idiot that went and bought the dressage saddle in the first place, even though I knew I love jumping... LOL)
    09-28-2011, 11:43 AM
Thanks for the suggestions and feedback..... thinking I am convinced to go with an A/P.

Happy trails!
    09-29-2011, 08:08 AM
Lol. You think that jumping in a dressage saddle is hard, wait until you try jumping in a stock saddle! I would also go with the ap because of the versitility
    10-01-2011, 04:47 AM
Jumping in my dressage saddle certainly is!

I have never ridden in a stock saddle... learned to ride in cheap little AP saddles. Think a stock is the only saddle I've never ridden in. Sat in a few in tack shops, but never ridden in one.
    10-01-2011, 05:26 AM
Stockies are great to do anything else in but jump!

BTW I wish your daughter luck at Pony Club

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