Originally Posted by Foxhunter
What worries me is not that you do not have a dressage saddle but the fact that you have a Pessoa with 'a nice deep seat'
This to my experience is a definite NO for X country!
A deep seated saddle with both knee and thigh rolls holds a rider in the saddle to long in the case of a fall of the horse.
I can't for the life of me imagine going prelim without a deep seat with blocks. This is the first time I have ever heard this theory honestly. Love my blocks and deep seat saddle.
To the OP, I evented up to prelim without a dressage saddle. I did get one after going prelim a few times as I found it to allow me to ride a stronger test. I got out of eventing for awhile and truly regret selling my dressage saddle. I am taking my mare pretraining this year and wish I had a dressage saddle. I miss it.