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post #1 of 10 Old 12-21-2011, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Want an everyday saddle...thoughts?

I ride 3 to 4 days a week in my KN dressage saddle. When I purchased this saddle it was for training, but mostly it was gorgeous for showing in, and fit me and the horse perfectly. Im planning on continuing to lease my mare long term, and would like to pick up a saddle for my pleasure rides that I don't have to be so careful of. I plan on buying this used, but other than that I don't know what to look for. Close contact? All purpose? Something maybe some day I can jump in?

What makers should I be looking at?

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-21-2011, 04:55 AM
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I ride 3 to 4 days a week in my KN dressage saddle. When I purchased this saddle it was for training, but mostly it was gorgeous for showing in, and fit me and the horse perfectly. Im planning on continuing to lease my mare long term, and would like to pick up a saddle for my pleasure rides that I don't have to be so careful of. I plan on buying this used, but other than that I don't know what to look for. Close contact? All purpose? Something maybe some day I can jump in?

What makers should I be looking at?

Thanks!
Personally I think an all purpose would be fine (we call them general purpose here) I've got 2(1synthetic/1leather) and one dressage saddle. I've ridden for just over 3 years now and up until literally 2 weeks ago it was all done in a general purpose saddle. My dressage was done in it, my jumping was done in it, my flatwork was done in it, I did everything in the general purpose saddle.. So I think you'll be fine in one of those.
I jumped to 90cm on a fiery thoroughbred in my gp saddle, after only a year of riding.. And stayed in it fine

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-21-2011, 05:07 AM
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Since you live in the wet PNW, I'd think a Wintec or Thorowgood all purpose would be a good idea.
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-21-2011, 08:21 AM
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I rarely suggest that, but if Wintec fits you both I'd say go for it for pleasure riding. The new ones are on cheaper side, and you can find nice used one really cheap. I'm not fan of Wintec frankly, but I'd be OK with it for trail riding or riding just to mess with the horse.

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Thanks for the suggestions! I should have mentioned that I may possibly show in the saddle as well (maybe start hunters classes again one day), and use it pretty frequently, so don't want to go synthetic. Totally agree that living in the PNW can be bad on leather, but I do mostly ride indoor unless we get one of those rare clear days here (like today, whoo hoo!). Have a budget of about $500 for a used saddle.

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Grace, I'm confused with your 1st post then. What about KN? My understanding was you use KN for practice rides and possible showing, but wants something else for trail riding (and alike).

If you want a used leather one you can look into (again) KN, M Toulouse, Stubben, Thornhill (that's what I have, but it's for wider horses), Kieffer.

As for type of saddle, personally I'd still say go with 2 separate: dressage for dressage, CC for jumping, if you are somewhat serious about either of them. A/P is great for trail riding, but I don't think it's really comfortable specifically for either discipline.

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I really love my Abetta synthetic. It was relatively inexpensive, and it's very easy to care for (just hose it off when it looks dirty, not kidding). I never worry about it getting messed up, unlike my Kieffer Wien.
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Grace, I'm confused with your 1st post then. What about KN? My understanding was you use KN for practice rides and possible showing, but wants something else for trail riding (and alike).

If you want a used leather one you can look into (again) KN, M Toulouse, Stubben, Thornhill (that's what I have, but it's for wider horses), Kieffer.

As for type of saddle, personally I'd still say go with 2 separate: dressage for dressage, CC for jumping, if you are somewhat serious about either of them. A/P is great for trail riding, but I don't think it's really comfortable specifically for either discipline.
:) sorry for confusion...I think that's why I'm posting about this because I am confused as well. The whole story is my KN dressage saddle I purchased in like new condition, and I've decided I want to keep it in that condition for showing and training. When I'm at the barn riding for pleasure, I think I want more of a jumping saddle, or all purposed english saddle that I wouldnt feel bad about scuffing and hurting, but with the possibility of using it for some hunt seat equitation maybe next year (did this when I was younger so keep thinking about going back to it). There's a great saddlery close to me with lots of used saddles, but since I have never purchased this type of saddle, I'm not even sure what I should be looking at.

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Oh, I see... Then yes, why not to go with the CC? You can look into MT - it makes awesome CC saddles (and you can find real deals)!

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Ok, thanks! I'll go take a look and see if they have any MT's I can take out on trial.

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