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    08-30-2010, 04:47 PM
What's difference between A/P and Eventing saddles?

Well... Title says it all... I've seen 2 different sections in our consignment store: A/P saddles an Eventing saddles. What is the difference? In my (uneducated) understanding it's the same...
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    08-30-2010, 04:52 PM
Green Broke
They are virtually the same thing. Eventing saddles are made to do both dressage and jumping in... which is exactly what all purpose saddles are made for.
    08-30-2010, 05:27 PM
Yep - they are pretty much "All Purpose" saddles in disquise.

Majority of Eventers buy seperate saddles, or just do all phases in the same saddle.

I know many who own Close Contacts and do dressage in their CC at low levels.

Most from Training Level and up have seperate saddles, a CC and a dressage, and even some have 3 different saddles, 1 for each phase.

I own a CC.
    08-31-2010, 12:42 PM
Thanks, ladies! I was just curious. I guess the local shop just want to attract more people by using "eventing saddle" section.
    08-31-2010, 03:41 PM
No they arent the same ! They are both a mix of a jump saddle and a dressage saddle, but an event saddle is more towards jumping and an a/p is more toward dressage. It doesn't make a big difference if you just plan on jumping under 3ft though
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    08-31-2010, 06:23 PM
Ah, ok.......lets get into technicalities.

All Purpose Saddles are the "dough" of the "all round, all purpose, 1 saddle for all disciplines" saddles on the market today.

But when you take a "cookie cutter" to the dough that is rolled out on the pan, and indavidualize each "all round, all purpose, 1 saddle for all disciplines" saddle, then we get into technicalities.

ALL PURPOSE VSS saddles are still A/P's, with emphasis towards jumping, cross country, fox hunting

ALL PURPOSE VSD saddles are A/P's as well, with the emphasis towards dressage, endurance racing, pleasure riding, trail riding

All Purpose Saddles are still Event saddes and Event saddles are still All Purpose Saddles.

The Stirrup Bars are still placed in a "Neutral" zone on any All Purose Saddle, because the sadde still has to be "1 saddle for all disciplines" so that the rider can still do dressage in it, regardless if it is a VSS or a VSD, or a VSSG. The stirrup bars are still placed in a spot on the saddle, that doesn't aid your position as well as a saddle built for that particular discipline would.

Seats are still deep and you are still being put into a position that would accomodate "any" of the 3 disciplines you are riding. The only difference IN SOME VSS All Purpose saddles are that they have a bit more of a forward flap, that's it, in compareson to VSD All Purpose saddles
    08-31-2010, 07:09 PM
Green Broke
I agree with MIEventer!
    08-31-2010, 07:24 PM
Wow! That was an informational post, MIE!
    08-31-2010, 08:19 PM
I agree that they are related but that does not mean that they are the same.
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    08-31-2010, 10:04 PM
All Purpose is an All Purpose, no matter what color of ribbon you wrap around it.

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