05-22-2010, 02:27 PM
| || | What kind of saddle do I need?
I've been riding Western my whole life, and I just bought an English horse hoping to learn another discipline and try some jumping. I bought an English bridle, just a single-rein Eggbutt, and already have a Pandur jumping saddle from when my mom rode English. Welll....I somehow found the trainer of my horse from off the track, and she said "what? You're JUMPING her??" Apparently, she had bone chips in her knee from a track injury, had surgery, and her knees collapse and she falls 95% of the time when she jumps. She sent me a video of her jumping her for the first time, and the horse's knees didn't lock, and they went down. So no more jumping on this horse at least! I sent Molly (my new English TB) down to that same off track trainer so she could retrain her while I'm in a sling with a broken collarbone for 10 weeks....she said when she owned her, she knew she would be a great dressage horse. So since I can't do eventing on her, I want to try dressage, along with just trail riding on her. Maybe some w/t/c classes....I'm keeping my options open. And yes, I will get English lessons once my collarbone heals So I need to sell my Pandur jumping saddle and buy a saddle that will better suit what we want to do. What type of saddle would suit dressage, trail riding, and w/t/c? An AP or dressage saddle? Or is there another saddle besides the three typical that would be best? Thanks! Sage