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    04-25-2012, 11:51 AM
What type of english saddle?

I have been a western rider for my entire life. (a whole 22 years lol). I had wrist surgery last year and was off good normal riding for almost 2 years except for the occasional ride around the pen on my old barrel horse. I have some new younger boys around here now and I have been ridding them western but I have realize I am having trouble with balance. Its amazing how much you loose when you can't possibly ride consistently for 2 years,

SO to my point, I am looking for an english saddle to help build myself back up to a better rider but I have NO CLUE what type of saddle to buy. My head is spinning with AP, CC, Dressage? I have no clue! My main mount had used to be an all round 4-H horse so He is used to english, he's good at bareback ridding but I want an english saddle just to trail ride in and such. No competing just my posture and balance back (and tbh I think I like riding english better than western on a nice well broke horse).

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    04-25-2012, 11:54 AM
If you're looking just to trail ride, an AP would be your best bet. It's not as flat as a CC and not as deep as a dressage.

Since you're not planning on eventing or showing dressage, an AP is fine for what you want to do.
    04-25-2012, 12:00 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
If you're looking just to trail ride, an AP would be your best bet. It's not as flat as a CC and not as deep as a dressage.

Since you're not planning on eventing or showing dressage, an AP is fine for what you want to do.

Not all AP saddles will feel the same either. Some will make you feel secure, some not, some give you great position and balance, some not. Find a tack shop with a few different AP saddles and sit in them. I'd go for the one that puts you in the best position, especially since it's balance you're looking for.
    04-25-2012, 01:33 PM
Personally I'd go with dressage saddle for trail riding. I find it way more comfortable than A/P (and the length of the leg is more close to that of western one). CC only if you plan on jumping.
    04-25-2012, 01:40 PM
I personally dislike dressage saddles, Val. Always feel like I'm trapped in 'em, no matter how big the seat.
    04-25-2012, 04:22 PM
I'd say try both AP (all purpose) and dressage saddles.

Not all dressage saddles have deep seats. The Wintec 500 dressage has a pretty moderate seat and doesn't have gigantic knee blocks.

The only dressage saddle I have trail ridden in is an 18" Collegiate (Jessica I think) and while it is pretty secure if the stirrups are set correctly, the pommel is too high for me. I like the ability to get into a half seat or a two point seat as necessary on the trails and for that an AP or jumping saddle works better for me.

I have a Wintec 250 AP that is super for trail riding and I just bought a Toulouse Jennine jumping saddle. I haven't had a trail ride on the Toulouse yet, but from trot and canter work on the arena I think it will be really nice. That leather sticks like glue.
    04-26-2012, 08:57 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I personally dislike dressage saddles, Val. Always feel like I'm trapped in 'em, no matter how big the seat.
Really? Lots of A/P saddles I've seen are as deep as dressage in a seat. You look like you prefer the shorter stirrups when you ride (based on pics you posted in past). May be long stirrups typical for dressage saddle could be the reason you feel trapped? I did ride western before I switched, so longer leg feels more comfortable to me. But as with any tack/equipment (or anything else) - to each own. Hey, you have to try my dressage saddle - it doesn't feel deep at all. Lol!
    04-28-2012, 01:35 AM
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I'd definitely go for a dressage saddle. You can get very deep ones, or very shallow but what they should all help you ride in the best position.

I've never really seen a good AP saddle. Whenever I see riders in them they just don't quite have the best position, they try to give you the best of both worlds but fail at each, I never really see people beyond their first horse having an AP. I had an AP for my first horse, and then got a dressage and a CC. I don't know any riders beyond children/first horse owners with APs. If you want to work on flatwork, dressage, trail riding etc, go with a dressage. If you want to do jumping etc get a CC. I used to occasionally jump in my dressage saddle and it wasn't too bad, if you get a reasonably shallow one without huge leg blocks it's not like you can't do other things.
    05-01-2012, 08:56 PM
If you're just looking to hack out then a GP (general purpose) will be fine. Dressage saddles are very specific to that discipline (as are jumping saddles to jumping etc) but as you know, regardless of the discpline, the best saddle is one that fits your horse AND you.
I don't know much about saddle makes and models in the USA, but in Europe, a few good names include: Forrestier, Barnsby, Jeffries, Wintec and Albion etc...

Wintecs are great - especially the ones with the interchangeable gullet as you can get them to fit different horses. Plus, if you don't want to make a huge investment at this time, you could go for a synthetic one. Personally I prefer leather, and I know many people do too, but it's worth a suggestion!

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