Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
Just to clarify, an AP works to a point--it's just not ideal. I, too, evented in an AP because that's what I had. Then I got a jump saddle and only rode in that, even for dressage, until I sold the AP and got a dressage saddle. However, if you can only buy one and don't have one yet, it's probably best to get a jump saddle.
You CAN jump in a dressage saddle, but it is hard--far harder than dressage in a jump saddle. Clava, have you ever seen upper level jumpers? They do things like canter half pass and tempi changes in their jump saddles just fine--we don't do tempis even in the highest levels of eventing. Nothing we do can't be done just fine in a jumping saddle. Heck, it's important you CAN do most of it in a jump saddle because you need to be able to move a horse's shoulder or haunch or change leads or whatever on course! I wouldn't want to have to rely on my dressage saddle to get a balanced transition if I am about to showjump in a jump saddle!