Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
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I'm guess it's just a basic GP (general purpose) saddle.
A dressage saddle has the rider sitting with a longer leg position, and a jumping saddle has bigger knee rolls (the bits his knee 'pushes' into) and generally shorter leg position.
A GP saddle is just partway between the two.
Dressage is (my own personal numpty description here) physical training and exercise for the horse on the flat that will build up his strength and flexibility and balance thus making him a better athlete.
Jumping is about training the horse and the rider how to get over one or more jumps safely and swiftly without injury to either party.
As for the different 'types' of riding, unless you're going to enter classes, then honestly you don't need to know what they all mean. Each class is supposedly a demonstration of the epitome of that type of riding. So, for one example, in the UK a Working Hunter class would be judging a horses demonstrated ability to get around a course of jumps smoothly and safely in a manner that 'proves' to the judge that he could carry you all day in the hunting field without tiring or injury.
I hope that helps.
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