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    10-23-2012, 01:40 AM
Question CC vs All purpose saddles ?

This is probably a stupid question that im asking but....

1) can you only use CC (close contact ) for jumping ? (the major question ; basically what im confused about )

2) Which ones do you prefer: CC or all purpose ? And why ?

3) if you werent to show very much but maybe here and there (probably just jumping but maybe dressage ), which saddle would be better to get ?

These probably sound like pretty stupid questions but im not the smartest person in the world and im just really ya.
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    10-23-2012, 02:23 AM
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My first response was "CLOSE CONTACT CLOSE CONTACT CLOSE CONTACT" but you could get by with an AP that's more on the jumping side of the spectrum. Make sure you try it out and can balance properly in it on the flat and over jumps, and that is doesn't put you in a chair seat.

I prefer CC because I show over fences extensively, but I'm pretty sure my earliest lessons were in "jumping" APs. It sounds like you're going to be sticking to lower levels for now so I think an AP will work. If you decide to specialize in higher level jumpers or dressage, you can get a saddle to fit those needs.
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    10-23-2012, 07:13 AM
I'm not sure why you have such a strange way of describing saddles in the US and no-one's yet been able to explain it.

You see 'Close Contact' refers to the saddle panel construction, not the activity. So you can have CC dressage and GP/AP saddles, as well as jumping.

My main gripe with CC saddles (aside from the fact smaller panels are not ideal for the heavier rider on activities that take a long time) is that the most usual panel fillings (felt or foam pads) are non-adjustable, so these saddles don't fit a lot of horses very well :(
    10-25-2012, 12:11 AM
Don't sell yourself short by saying you're not the smartest person in the world. Nobody knows everything. It's OK to admit that there's something you want to learn about. That's why we're all here.

As Uncle states, close contact refers to the panel design (thin, and really not very shock-absorbing or shape-conforming).
In the US, people commonly refer to jumping saddles as close contact saddles, so in my response, I'm going to assume that when you say CC, you are referring to a jumping saddle.

1) can you only use CC (close contact ) for jumping ? (the major question ; basically what im confused about )

Usually, CC in the US means jumping saddle, so yes. Really good jumping saddles do not have close contact panels, but rather wool-panels, or at least thicker foam or felt panels.

2) Which ones do you prefer: CC or all purpose ? And why ?

I don't like Close contact saddles, because of what Uncle said above. As to whether I prefer jumping saddles or A/P saddles, it depends on what I'm doing. If my discipline were jumping, and only jumping, then I'd prefer a jumping saddle. I've never been only a jumper, in fact I've never jumped higher than 1 meter. When I did jump, I did a lot of flatwork and trails, and then some jumping for fun. I preferred an A/P saddle, because it worked quite well for all the things I did. I find a straight jumping saddle difficult to do flatwork in due to the very forward flap (bent knee) and the stirrup bar being a bit far forward. I find an A/P saddle more comfortable on trails, but I know people who love riding trails in their jumping saddle. Whatever makes you comfortable. You can do low-level jumping in a good A/P saddle, just nothing too high. You can do flatwork and basic dressage in a good A/P saddle, just nothing too advanced. Note that I say "good" A/P saddle.

3) if you werent to show very much but maybe here and there (probably just jumping but maybe dressage ), which saddle would be better to get ?

If you're doing both jumping and dressage, you should look into an eventing saddle, or an A/P, or a jumping + dressage saddle. You won't be happy jumping in a dressage saddle or doing dressage in a jumping saddle. They're as far apart as you can get.
    10-25-2012, 08:04 PM
Haha well in that case I think I decided on a all purpose saddle :)

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