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    08-10-2012, 04:46 AM
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Weanling
Would it be smart to buy an english saddle?

I am looking into taking English lessons in the future, however at the moment, I have no offers of getting English lessons.
So should I invest in getting an English saddle or wait until later[or not get one at all and just borrow]?
     
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    08-10-2012, 06:02 AM
  #2
Weanling
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Originally Posted by BubblesBlue    
I am looking into taking English lessons in the future, however at the moment, I have no offers of getting English lessons.
So should I invest in getting an English saddle or wait until later[or not get one at all and just borrow]?
Wait to get a saddle until (and if) you buy a horse of your own. Lesson programs should have their own saddles that properly fit the horse you would be using it on. Also, in most cases when leasing, saddles (and all tack) should be available from the horse's owner.

When you buy a saddle, it needs to fit both the horse and the rider, so without having a horse you will be riding all the time, getting your own saddle is a waste of money. Save the money for more lessons, leasing (if you choose to), shows, etc.
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    08-10-2012, 06:16 AM
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Trained
She has lots of horses and has been riding for a a very long time. She's a barrel racer with lots of experience and an exceptional rider. Just pointing that out, not a beginner by any means whatsoever.

My view is that getting a saddle now isn't going to hurt anything. Get one that's wider and start riding in it in your freetime....That's how I started anyway, but you know that.

Just chiming in so the future posters can be informed
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    08-10-2012, 07:08 AM
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Green Broke
Sorrel horse - English saddles fit completly differentlly to western saddles and they spread weight over a smaller area. Getting a saddle that does not fit the horse very well can cause massive amounts of PERMANANT damage.

Putting a too wide saddle on a horse is as bad as putting a too narrow one on. There is far more to english saddle fit than jusst widdth.

OP - don't buy a saddle untill you have a horse to fit it to. In English saddles fit for the horse is paramount with fit for the rider following after.
Fitting an English saddle for a horse is difficult and not something you should attempt without competant guidance.
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    08-10-2012, 07:19 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
She has lots of horses and has been riding for a a very long time. She's a barrel racer with lots of experience and an exceptional rider. Just pointing that out, not a beginner by any means whatsoever.

My view is that getting a saddle now isn't going to hurt anything. Get one that's wider and start riding in it in your freetime....That's how I started anyway, but you know that.

Just chiming in so the future posters can be informed
Thanks for pointing that out.
What I stated above still applies, unless the OP is planning to use one of their western horses in their english lessons, then they could have an english saddle fitted to that horse. As stated by Faye, you just need to ensure it fits the horse properly.
     
    08-10-2012, 07:34 AM
  #6
Green Broke
I've always had my own. If it doesn't fit, oh well I just use what's provided then. I'm so picky about my saddle and how it fits me. When I finally found one I bought it. It fit the horse I was riding all the time, it was perfect. Worst case you have to sell and buy a new one if you change leases. As long as you jeep it in good condition it should hold most of its value. Of course barring you don't have it for 15 years lol.
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    08-10-2012, 11:35 AM
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Trained
Don't know about Montana, but where I live in Arizona, I'd never ride a horse if I needed to have someone competent fit the saddle to the horse.

The basics aren't changed between English and Western saddles. Does the angle of the saddle in front match the angle where it hits the horse's shoulders? Is the horizontal width close? If the horizontal width is a little too wide for the horse, some padding will work. If the angle is wrong, then the saddle is wrong. How closely does the saddle curve match the horse's back? If your horse is a banana back, get a banana saddle. If your horse is a table back, get a flat saddle. Make sure it doesn't put pressure on the spine.

If you get the saddle before the lessons, make sure you read up at least on English riding. A western seat used on an English jump saddle can make your horse very unhappy, and even damage his back. Jump saddles should be ridden with a forward seat. Dressage saddles are closer to being ridden in western style, but a western approach will still put too much weight too far back.

A horse that neck reins western will still neck rein with an English saddle, but real English riding takes a different approach to using reins. I switch saddles regularly, but always use the same approach to reins.
     
    08-10-2012, 02:53 PM
  #8
Weanling
I feel like I asked a stupid question now even though I really didn't.
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    08-10-2012, 05:45 PM
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Green Broke
Sorry I for some reason got the impression your leasing. I would ride in a bunch and see which type you like better then make your decision from there.
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    08-10-2012, 05:49 PM
  #10
Showing
I'd wait to buy an English saddle, since you're not sure just what discipline you might want to do.

You could always buy an AP, but if you decide you want to primarily jump, they're not really built for that.

I trail ride and do hunter paces, so my APs are fine for that. My plans are to foxhunt, but my AP will also serve me well in that capacity.
     

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