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post #11 of 15 Old 06-16-2011, 09:34 AM
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I think it is a very rare horse that cares what type of saddle it has on its back as long as the saddle fits them.
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ok, I'll definitley lunge her around a bit when I get the saddle.

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I ride my horses in a mix of English, Australian and western. However, there are a few differences.

A western saddle typically puts you farther back on the horse, and farther back in the saddle itself, so your weight is more to the rear. When you settle back a bit, it becomes almost instinctive for the horse to bring his hind legs under him more for balance - a mild form of collection. I think this is harder to do with an English saddle, because you are farther forward, and because the narrower weight distribution would put more pressure on the horse.

Also, the English jump saddle I own is designed for a more forward style of riding. I can ride it like a western saddle, but it feels awkward. Small differences in where the stirrups hang and the seat shape can change what style of riding works best. I've never tried a dressage saddle, so nothing I write may apply to riding one. I prefer on the seat pockets for western, and just off the seat pockets for English.

Whatever style saddle you choose, I believe you should ride so the stirrup strap/fender goes straight down and your rump is in the deepest part of the seat. Depending on the saddle, that may put you in a chair seat with one and straight up/down in the other, but anything else fights gravity. In my experience, gravity wins.

Will your horse freak? Probably not. Going from western to English the first time with mine, they were more sensitive about mounting (more pressure/inch), seemed a bit puzzled at a walk, and within a few strides preferred the English saddle for a posting trot. However, for a sitting trot, they prefer the western saddle.

I go with bitless or a snaffle bit regardless, and always prefer to ride with a loose rein as the norm.
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post #14 of 15 Old 06-17-2011, 07:33 AM
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Not that you are getting an english saddle, avoid close contact at all costs, go all purpose or dressage. Close contact is for jumping and not the first english saddle you want to ride in as it puts you really far forward.

Dressage saddles will be closer to western with the deeper seat and longer leg flaps.

And my favorite, all-purpose. It is not as deep as the dressage, but not as foreward as the c/c so it's a good all-around saddle, just like the name.

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post #15 of 15 Old 06-17-2011, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by EmilyandNikki View Post
And my favorite, all-purpose. It is not as deep as the dressage, but not as foreward as the c/c so it's a good all-around saddle, just like the name.
My opinion on an all purpose saddle is the exact opposite.

Slightly useful I suppose but it is not good at any job since it is made to be used for just about everything.
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