Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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Maybe. To each their own, if A/P's work for you, than great - so be it. But I think they are an unhappy inbetween. They don't aid the rider what-so-ever *depending on discipline*
I used to ride in a Wintec 500 A/P and I loved it. I swore up and down everytime I heard A/P's = N/P's, and said that was incorrect. I was able to do dressage just fine, and I was able to jump just fine in mine, and I was quite adamant on that...until I got a coach who actually made me work, and made me focus on my position.
When it came time to actually get my leg under me, and me to balance over my feet - I couldn't do it. It physically hurt hurt when I tried. I had no idea. Whenever my Coach tried to get me to get up into a functional two point, I couldn't do it without losing my balance - I physically tried over and over over and over, and blamed myself for the incorrectness, to find out it was the saddle.
Now, I have a CC, and that saddle HELPS me get into the proper position, without struggle and without physical pain. Because it is designed for it.
Your saddle is supposed to aid you, not hinder you. I've ridden in a few A/P's - and I found the same result - the struggle to get my position, and my leg under me and to stay out of my tack - could be how I am built maybe, but I hear from a lot of people the same story about A/P's.