I'm starting to look into purchasing my first saddle and I see a lot of people interested & using close contact saddles. I understand what they are (they don't have the knee blocks/blocks essentially?) and I plan on trying one out soon.. (I'm sure it will be challenging at first).
I've returned to riding in adulthood and have been at it for about a year (started w/ weekly lessons and now riding 3x a week). None of the lesson saddles I've been using are close contact, so I know it will be a 'transition' should I decide to get one.
Do you think close contact saddles teach you more encourage you to be a better rider? Pros and Cons? I don't mind a challenge if it pays off and is worth it. Any advice or knowledge you want to share?
I'm probably not buying tomorrow, I really want to make sure I get something good for me (get a fitter out etc.) and understand what I am buying. I mostly do flat work and beginner jumping. I've coursed a few times (not well :), and while I'm mainly back to working on flat work now - coursing will probably be something I do more of in the future.
Another girl I ride w/ (whose around the same level as me) got one and didn't really understand them at first but is making a good go of it. So I'm hoping she'll let me jump in it one day.
Thanks for your help!!