The time has come to invest in my first one of my own. I was spoiled during lessons and used my instructors, but I really need to buy my own now.
I live in an area where virtually no one rides english, so it's tough to find one in person. But my instructor (for all her good and her bad points time gone by) was something of a saddle snob and mortified me about the dangers of a broken tree and ruining a horse's back, so Im a little scared of eBay too.
I want an all purpose. Maybe for some light jumping later on and trails right now. Any recommendations as far as brand, make, etc.
My instructor had an M. Toulouse, and I gather that's kinda...high end?
If it makes any difference, for use mostly on a morgan cross (read: chubby bunny ) and occasionally on a paint. I don't think either of them are particularly narrow.
Any advice to keep my eyes peeled for? I need a 17.5.
Also, according to her, and I havent heard this before, she said I might need extra long flaps. I'm 5'8" and not all legs, so does that sound usual?