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    11-26-2011, 12:41 PM
  #11
Trained
Last year I used 1 saddle as well for Beginner Novice. I used it for all 3 phases, it was a great Close Contact saddle. We did just fine in that saddle for all 3 phases.

This year, I have a new Close Contact - the Marcel Toulouse Legano and I love it. And I am in the process of buying a Marcel Toulouse Octavio Dressage Saddle for the 2012 season at Novice/Training level.

I know many Eventers who do all 3 phases with 1 to 2 saddles. There is nothing wrong with that. It is when you reach about Training Level to Prelim when you definitely want 2 saddles, it is not necessary to have 3 saddles until you reach Mid to Upper Levels.

Bridles, I have 2 set for Eventing. My dressage bridle with my German loose ring lozenge snaffle, and my Jumping bridle with my Myler Comfort Snaffle Full Cheek on it. I have another bridle, that is set for Fox Hunting, which only gets used when I am out on Hunts which has my 3 Ring French Link Elevator Bit on it.

I don't use a figure 8 or a flash with Nelson, I don't need it. If you don't need it, don't use it - it is entirely up to you and each individual needs. No martingales for me, but again, I don't need them.
     
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    11-27-2011, 10:03 AM
  #12
Started
I evented BN all 3 phases in a Wintec for a year, then did a year in a Pessoa close contact, and then bought a dressage saddle. So, I've used 2 saddles for the past 3 to 4 years or so. I just bought a Berney Bros monoflap saddle for one of my horses, haven't tossed it on my "eventer", but if it fits, I'd be tempted to use it at shows - taking my count up to 3.

Bridles... I use 2 or 3, depending on how Beau is. There's his dressage bridle with a double jointed loose ring snaffle. Then a flash bridle with a full cheek Dr. Bristol that I jump stadium with sometimes. For XC he gets a figure 8 bridle with a gag bit, but sometimes we use that in stadium too, because (1) he's SO forward at shows, I can't rate him enough between jumps with the Dr. Bristol without being really hard in his mouth and (2) we often don't have time to change tack between xc and stadium, so we stadium jump in xc gear. So, 2/3 bridles, depending on the day.
     
    11-27-2011, 11:09 PM
  #13
Foal
Dont over complicate things. If your starting out 1 saddle 1 bridle 1 bit is fine. I have only 1 bridlee and my horse is at 2** level, you just have to make sure your reins have good grip in case you end up with slippery or wet reins.

I do have two saddles dressage and jumping, but really until your at 1* level you should be fine with 1. Some people like to put as much gear as possible on your horse bt really the simpler the better in my experiance
     
    11-29-2011, 06:54 PM
  #14
Banned
For Dressage: Black bridle white piping, black wintec all purpose, black wintec girth
For XC: Brown bridle, rubber reins, close contact saddle, SmX girth, never ride XC w/o a breast plate! :)
For SJ: same as xc! Hope this helped! I would suggest starting with an all purpose then if you want another saddle I would buy jumping next then dressage. Finding used saddles is a dream too me :) great deals!
     
    11-30-2011, 08:54 PM
  #15
Foal
I know I am a little late to post, but I just started eventing this season, but have been in the hunter/jumper and jumper world for years. Since I am in my early teens, I don't have much money to spend on tack. I evented in an all purpose for my first two or three events and then used the all purpose for dressage and my close contact for sj and xc. Personally I don't think it is necessary at the lower levels or even upper levels to have a separate saddle for xc, but it is completely personal preference. I was recently given a super cheap crappy wintec dressage saddle and even though it doesn't look great or super professional it is amazing how different my mare is under it when riding a dressage test. I use two bridles one for dressage and one for the other two phases. Also, martingales aren't allowed in dressage and im not sure if standing martingales are allowed either. Breastplates are though.
     
    12-01-2011, 08:41 AM
  #16
Trained
^^you CANNOT use a standing martingale at an event, you will be disqualified !

I evented up to training [and schooled prelim/intermediate] with one saddle and one bridle.

No I use one saddle and two bridles because I use a figure 8 for xc.
     
    12-02-2011, 12:14 PM
  #17
Trained
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Originally Posted by Jumper4ever    
i know I am a little late to post, but I just started eventing this season, but have been in the hunter/jumper and jumper world for years. Since I am in my early teens, I don't have much money to spend on tack. I evented in an all purpose for my first two or three events and then used the all purpose for dressage and my close contact for sj and xc. Personally I don't think it is necessary at the lower levels or even upper levels to have a separate saddle for xc, but it is completely personal preference. I was recently given a super cheap crappy wintec dressage saddle and even though it doesn't look great or super professional it is amazing how different my mare is under it when riding a dressage test. I use two bridles one for dressage and one for the other two phases. Also, martingales aren't allowed in dressage and im not sure if standing martingales are allowed either. Breastplates are though.
It has nothing to do with how expensive a saddle is, regardless if it is a $3,000.00 saddle or a free saddle - if it fits your horse well and fits you, then great. By all means. Your horse goes well in it, because it fits her/his body type.

And just as Gypsie stated, you CANNOT use a Standing Martingale in the sport of Eventing. If you are going to event, I highly advise you to read all your rules, and fully understand them.
     
    12-04-2011, 07:48 PM
  #18
Banned
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
It has nothing to do with how expensive a saddle is, regardless if it is a $3,000.00 saddle or a free saddle - if it fits your horse well and fits you, then great. By all means. Your horse goes well in it, because it fits her/his body type.

And just as Gypsie stated, you CANNOT use a Standing Martingale in the sport of Eventing. If you are going to event, I highly advise you to read all your rules, and fully understand them.
yes, that is right ALL rules are there for a reason. I bought a tad coffin saddle in good condition for around $500. Lets just say they usually go for $5000. It was new the owner just needed it to be sold fast so I bought it because I needed a new saddle. Yeah it fits ONE horse I have tried it on. Sometimes I will ride eight in a day and that is just not good in an ill fitting saddle. I much prefer my wintec 2000 all purpose. It fits ponies, TB's, arabs, QHs, and WBs. So that is the one I usually ride in.
     
    12-18-2011, 05:03 PM
  #19
Foal
I have a very fine/light TB that I ride a Wintec saddle on because it is lightweight for him :) Its a Wintec 2000 GP, but I have 2 bridles presently, 1 Plain black Dressage bridle (with a flash and fancy browband, and plan leather dressage reins) and a Grackle bridle for SJ and XC (with snaffle and running martingale), I find a bridle for each bit is prefable if you can afford it - less stress and worry at shows!
     
    12-21-2011, 06:46 AM
  #20
Trained
I have one saddle that fits my horse and that's my dressage saddle... I really must find something I can jump in, and soon! I have an event coming up in March.

I have two bridles, but one doesn't get used because it doesn't have a noseband and I prefer the look (I ride in a flat cavesson noseband so it has absolutely no functional purpose). That means I ride in my show bridle full time unless it looks like rain.

At the moment I have Monty in a French link eggbutt that he goes well in on the flat but he gets excited and strong jumping and more so xc so I need to find something he'll respond to... but my coach is against me bitting up so I'd have to stay in a snaffle, and I'm completely against anything twisted. Stuck!
     

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