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post #1 of 12 Old 07-19-2009, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question Anyone know what kind of saddle this is...?

A friend of ours gave us this English saddle that she no longer used, and I, (having never rode English before) have no idea what type of saddle it is, what it's used for, anything. So I was hoping someone else might know! It feels really different then others I've rode in (Ive actually only been in 3, but the 2 others were much easier to sit in. This one feels like riding bareback... on a show-sheened horse...) I was hoping to buy a jumping saddle, so if this isn't one I'd like to know that, to... sorry, I probably sound so dumb to all of you Enligh riders out there! Thanks!
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-19-2009, 07:23 PM
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It's a saddleseat saddle. Definitely not a jumping saddle, and if you were to learn to jump in this saddle, I think it would greatly affect both you and your horse in a negative manner.

This is an all purpose, maybe look into getting one like this?



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It's called a cut-back. You use it in showing gaited horses.

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post #5 of 12 Old 07-19-2009, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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It's a saddleseat saddle. Definitely not a jumping saddle, and if you were to learn to jump in this saddle, I think it would greatly affect both you and your horse in a negative manner.

This is an all purpose, maybe look into getting one like this?



Or better yet, a close contact.

Oooh alright. Thank you so much, now I see why it is so hard to sit in LOL. I'll have to look into those saddles, and find a saddle that won't hurt my or my horses performance in jumping :) Thanks again!

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It is relatively old pattern with no knee rolls and no thigh rolls. The cut at the front is for a high withered horse. The seat is flat with minimal pommel or cantle. It has a large skirt cut to a straight dressage pattern It is probably quite light in weight.
It was probably a saddle for a well schooled, well behaved horse used by an expert rider probably for fairly advanced dressage or perhaps showing.
An inexpert rider would get little support from it and would perhaps even slide backwards and forwards.

It would give an expert rider a very close contact with the horse.

Definitely not for a newcomer to English style riding - as the others have said get a General Purpose Saddle with deep knee rolls, a high cantle and a soft deep seat to sit in.

Remember English saddles must fit the horse's back both width ways and length ways - they must also fit your posterior. Using a thick numbnah helps but
English saddles do not fit horses universally as many Western saddles do. Don't take a second hand saddle unless someone knowledegable has first checked that it fits both the horse and you. Take advice from a saddler.

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Like others have said this is a saddleseat saddle also called a Lane Fox saddle. I have only sat in one once and I had a similar experience.

If you want to start in english definitely go for an all purpose similar to the ones riccil0ve posted. You can get one nice used fairly cheap or you could get a synthetic wintec type like the ones in the pictures.
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The cut at the front is for a high withered horse. It was probably a saddle for a well schooled, well behaved horse used by an expert rider probably for fairly advanced dressage or perhaps showing.
^^ Actually, not necessarily.

It is a cut-back, used to show Tennessee Walking Horses. The 'cut back' area is for extra shoulder room so the horse can gait freely, and not be hindered like some saddles do. Most cut-backs are ridden without saddle pads.

Yes, for showing, but for gaited horses.
Dressage? Nope. Never seen a dressage person use a gaited saddle.

I wouldn't throw an amature on here, nope-nope. It's practically like riding bareback, but just so happens to have sturrips. The sturrips swing quite freely, so you have to have a good leg/seat position in order to ride it.

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I might add that you could take the stirrups and leathers off this one and use it on any all purpose saddle. This would save you the cost of buying more.
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That saddle isn't used for only gaited horses. But yes it is designed especially for high withered horses. Any breed can use it, not just the gaited ones.

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