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post #1 of 3 Old 03-19-2013, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Stain on saddle?

I am getting back into English riding after doing Western for a while, and I'm starting into hunter jumper. When I was doing Western, I got a dressage saddle to ride in so I could have more freedom of movement. I had been wanting to go back to English, and I finally made the switch a month or so ago.

Anyways, since my interests lie more in jumping, I'm looking to sell my dressage saddle, hopefully someone at the barn might be looking for a saddle. I'm interested in getting a Whitman close contact saddle, and it doesn't have knee rolls and is pretty flat. If you ride in the pancake-type saddles, do you find that this type of saddle helps your position? I normally ride in the barn's Pessoa, and I love that saddle, but I'm obviously not going to spend $2,000 on a saddle. I rode in a Crosby (I think) saddle a few weeks ago and I found I had to grip a fair bit with my knees when posting or my leg slid around.

Also, there is a stain on the cantle of this saddle, it is an oil stain. Would I get points off in a show for having this? I have attached a picture of the saddle. It is the right size for me, and I will have to ask the barn what size saddle fits the horse I normally ride.

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-19-2013, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Gah-sorry about the picture. I couldn't save it from the website, so I had to screenshot it and crop it in paint. I may be able to get a better pic, I'll upload it in a bit.
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If it's got an oil stain, I'd just really oil it well around the stain with neatsfoot oil, it "should" pretty soon even out and not show. If that didn't work, you can always take it to a cobbler or saddle repair and have it dyed a darker color so that it all blends in.

I'm an old school jumper, I like my saddles flat and no rolls anywhere. I started out riding an older Pariani Jumping saddle, similar to this one:

It was my absolute favorite ever until I bought a Thornhill 24K Pro Trainer Platinum, when they still made them without knee rolls. Gotta say that was THE nicest brand new saddle I have ever ridden.

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