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    03-04-2008, 05:46 PM
all-purpose vs jump

A friends sister is selling a 2yr old wintec 2000 all-purpose. 16 or 17" .good condition, cair system, gullet can be changed(has a extra wide gullet at the moment). Comes with a girth. $300. To buy new at the moment they are $900(unmounted).
I need a saddle to jump in. If I get this AP I will only be using it for jumping. So that got me thinking, why don't I just get a jumping saddle? Lol. I looked around and the average price for a used leather jump saddle is $2000! So I will probably get a wintec type one cause I don't have the money for a leather one.
But this AP is so cheap! I don't know if I should wait untill I find a jump saddle that I like and is in my price range or try this AP (i have not ridden in it yet) what do you think?
Also what is the best type of jump saddles? They have close contact, flat seat etc and I have no idea what the benefits of all these are?
Any help would be great thanks:)
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    03-04-2008, 08:11 PM
Green Broke
I say definitely wait until the right saddle comes along! A good saddle is absolutely crucial for jumping and you don't want to settle. Plus, you can definitely find a good used leather saddle for less then $2000! You can find a great used saddle for $1000! Even less if you shop around and keep your eyes open. The flatness or depth of the seat is just personal preference. You want it deep enough to feel secure in it, but flat enough that you can get out of it easily to go over a fence. I tend to think the deeper the better, but I ride a lot of green horses. I personally like knee rolls and thigh blocks as well for security. I'm not sure what the difference is between a "jumping" saddle and a "close contact", ask people and you'll get a million difference answers! I originally thought the difference was knee rolls but you can get close contact saddles with knee rolls, so who knows!
    03-06-2008, 03:10 AM
I would wait.

I know of a very few riders who own general purpose saddles and they are crap (sorry for those of you who use one). They are shaped quite oddly and really hinder your position, not worth getting.
    03-06-2008, 03:59 AM
Ok thanks! I think i'll wait! Lol
    03-06-2008, 04:01 AM
Ok thanks! I think i'll wait! Lol
    03-06-2008, 11:18 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by My2Geldings
I would wait.

I know of a very few riders who own general purpose saddles and they are crap (sorry for those of you who use one). They are shaped quite oddly and really hinder your position, not worth getting.
haha, I'm so glad you said that! I was thinking it but didn't want to offend anyone! :) Thing is, they aren't dressage saddles and they aren't jumping saddles so they don't do either very well.
    03-06-2008, 11:22 AM
I have a GP saddle and I don't think it affects anything. Could it be that different makes have better saddles?
    03-07-2008, 06:54 PM
If you are looking for a saddle you can use as a jumping saddle and for flatwork, might I recommend an Eventing saddle? I have one, and love it. Its seat is deeper than your usual all-purpose, which allows for the seat you need for flatwork, but is not so deep that you can't get up and out of it to jump.
Just a suggestion.
    03-08-2008, 08:18 AM
English AP saddles are really designed for Flat work and nothing more. They are like the Trail saddle of English. You can jump in a AP just fine but the saddle really isn't made for that. Its just a saddle to bunk around in really.
    03-08-2008, 08:25 PM
I jump in my AP and it does wonders for me I love it. :)

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