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        02-03-2010, 08:50 PM
    Definitely give English a try!

    I advise borrowing tack to start, but if you do want to buy, an all purpose type saddle is probably your best bet until you decide if you want to specialize further into jumping or dressage. I bought my no-name AP saddle on eBay for $120 + s&h, (Saddle, stirrup irons and leathers, and pad), and my plain raised snaffle bridle w/ laced reins at TSC for something like $30 (uber good sale, they were getting rid of all the English inventory). The shape of your pad doesn't really matter unless you're showing. Too many pads can cause the saddle to pinch, just like western. If you do buy a saddle, remember that English saddles are measured differently than westerns (usually a couple of inches larger: I personally ride a 14-15 inch western and a 16-17 inch English). Your nylon bridle will definitely work if you aren't showing.

    One tip: Take a leather curb strap (no chain) and run it through the front dee rings of your English saddle as a grab strap if you feel unbalanced. It took me a little while to feel really secure without that big western pommel and horn in front of me.

    Good luck and have fun!
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        02-03-2010, 09:37 PM
    Thanks guys! I am going down to Vancouver aganist me own will (thanks mom =*( so there is supposed to be some awesome tack shops down there.
        02-03-2010, 10:38 PM
    What kind of colours should I go with?
        02-04-2010, 02:21 PM
    Go with browns. There are lots of different ones but black tack only looks good on certain horses so try to match your brown tack as much as possible.
        02-04-2010, 02:42 PM
    it took me like 2 weeks to get english down...
    Wow, makes all of us who have spent years learning to master it seem foolish, doens't it?
        02-04-2010, 08:39 PM
    I was thinking hunter green or brown. Problem there is so many different shades of brown.
        02-05-2010, 12:06 AM
    If you get hunter green tack, then if you decide to show, you have to go out an buy everything again.

    There are a bunch of different sgades but most match pretty closely. Start with the saddle and match colours as best as possible from there.
        02-06-2010, 11:42 PM
    So all I need is
    - a all porpose saddle
    - a bridle (BTW what does raised meanÉ)
    - a schooling pad
    - a contour pad
    The saddle, bridle, and contour pad all in brown. The schoolig pad in any colour.
        02-07-2010, 10:13 PM
    Yes that is all you need for now!
    For my preference I would go with a white one because it looks better than brown.

    I hope were all talking about this type of contour saddle pad
        02-07-2010, 10:32 PM
    Originally Posted by maura    
    Wow, makes all of us who have spent years learning to master it seem foolish, doens't it?

    Lol, maura that is what I first thought when I read that too. I think she just meant feeling more natural after switching from western. To the OP, if you're thinking of showing I suggest looking into the local requirements so that you don't go out and blow a ton on new tack and find out most of it is wrong!

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