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  • Close contact vs all purpose
  • Dressage saddles 600-1000

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    10-25-2008, 10:20 PM
All Purpose or Close Contact

In my spare time, i've been looking for saddles between 600-1000 dollars. But I've come into a predicament. Should I get a close contact or all purpose?
As of right now, I have a close contact that I love dearly, but it's soo small, so it's going.
Anyways, I've been doing mostly flat work, but I'm either a. Working with Gem who cannot jump or b. Getting Montana back into shape so I can jump him (most likely come spring time)
I have also gone out and will go out on more trails and while I was fine (after a few rides) in my CC, I'm wondering if an AP (or eventing) saddle would be better for what I'm planning on doing.
I do not plan to show anytime soon, and the only event I do plan on going to are hunter paces, but I don't believe there are any saddle requirements.
So I guess what I'm asking, if you were in my position, what kind of saddle would you have?
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    10-25-2008, 10:23 PM
Green Broke
I would get an all purpose.
    10-25-2008, 10:40 PM
I'd say go for an all purpose or Eventing saddle.

Close Contact:
- shallow seat, good for jumping, but doesn't give you much security for flatwork.
- allows you to get out of the saddle quickly for jumping
- usually have knee rolls in front of and behind your knee that "lock" the knee in place, so putting your stirrups down for flatwork is very hard.

- deep jumping seat, really allows you to sit and drive to the fence... also good for flatting
- flaps are designed for both jumping and dressage, it's not uncomfortable to do either in the saddle
- generally made to be comfortable throughout an entire event.

- seat in between CC and Eventer
- generally good for jumping and dressage, a generic type saddle
    10-25-2008, 10:47 PM
Thanks Allie :)

I think an eventing is the best to get. I have realized with my CC that it doesn't take much for me to come out of the saddle, and at times (when I would ride my crazy pony) I wouldn't feel secure at all.

I'll start looking for eventing saddles :)

Thanks for both your help!!

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