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        11-18-2010, 12:27 AM
      #21
    Green Broke
    You get used to riding with different lengths, although everyone has a preference I suspect ;) Personally I would rather ride a little short than a little long, probably spent too long riding racehorses

    In reference to the saddle question KV, unfotunately I think of all-purpose saddles as no-purpose saddles. They are a mish mash of different styles and allow you to master none - Most of them have a seat reminiscent of a dressage saddle (not AS deep) and flaps that are reminiscent of a jumping saddle (but not AS forward).

    The main thing I notice with the saddle in your picture is the flaps - they are not as forward as I would like to see for jumping. Just means that you won't be able to shorten your stirrups much more than where they currently are as your knee will run out of saddle! It should be fine for smaller jumps providing you can have an effective 2-point in your current stirrup length, which I think you should be just fine with.

    If you wish to jump higher at some point (3' and above) I would investigate getting a proper jumping saddle which will allow you to shorten your stirrups as needed. Good luck!!
         
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        11-18-2010, 08:16 AM
      #22
    Showing
    Thank you, Sarah!

    I use this saddle for trail riding mostly (as I don't want to take my nice dressage saddle out there ), and do little (1 - 1.5 ft) jumps occasionally just to give my horse something different. I know I'll need real CC if I ever decide to go higher, but it's definitely not any soon.
         
        11-19-2010, 12:53 PM
      #23
    Foal
    My legs don't really bother me, it's the seat position, I'll go jump for a day and then when I get back to doing dressage I always have a hard time keeping my hip more open than closed like jumpers.
         
        11-20-2010, 08:57 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    When I worked at a race horse stable I found I could easily go from riding full gallop length (or is it short :P) and then go home and ride my own horse in dressage length.
    I find the hardest one really is going from short to long, so ill just do a few minutes without the stirrups to remind myself to stretch deep.
    I go up about 4-5 holes for jumping now from my full dressage/showing stirrup length.
         
        11-20-2010, 10:46 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    Thank you, Sarah!

    I use this saddle for trail riding mostly (as I don't want to take my nice dressage saddle out there ), and do little (1 - 1.5 ft) jumps occasionally just to give my horse something different. I know I'll need real CC if I ever decide to go higher, but it's definitely not any soon.
    Kat, I've got to agree with the flaps, I've got an Wintec A/P that's got more of a dressage length flap on it without them being forward either. I've jumped in that saddle before but my BO suggested I try her cc and love it for jumping so when I can, I'll be using the A/P for trail the the cc for jumping.
    As for stirrup length for jumping, I've been taught that there should be a 90-110 degree bend of the knee and said knee should brake over the knee roll if.
         
        11-20-2010, 11:55 PM
      #26
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Luvs2jump    
    Kat, I've got to agree with the flaps, I've got an Wintec A/P that's got more of a dressage length flap on it without them being forward either. I've jumped in that saddle before but my BO suggested I try her cc and love it for jumping so when I can, I'll be using the A/P for trail the the cc for jumping.
    As for stirrup length for jumping, I've been taught that there should be a 90-110 degree bend of the knee and said knee should brake over the knee roll if.
    Thanks for sharing, Luvs!
         
        11-21-2010, 12:14 AM
      #27
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Luvs2jump    
    Kat, I've got to agree with the flaps, I've got an Wintec A/P that's got more of a dressage length flap on it without them being forward either. I've jumped in that saddle before but my BO suggested I try her cc and love it for jumping so when I can, I'll be using the A/P for trail the the cc for jumping.
    As for stirrup length for jumping, I've been taught that there should be a 90-110 degree bend of the knee and said knee should brake over the knee roll if.
    Sorry, I went back and read that and it should say that the knee shouldn't break over the knee roll.
         
        11-21-2010, 04:53 AM
      #28
    Green Broke
    I have a GP saddle, when I jump, my stirrups are two holes shorter than my dresage length, and when I trail ride they are one hole longer than my dressage length.
         

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