Close contact/Jumping Saddles - what's the difference??

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    08-27-2009, 12:14 PM
Green Broke
Question Close contact/Jumping Saddles - what's the difference??

I'm looking for a nice used saddle to use for eventing (jumping) trainer suggested I go for a good quality used saddle rather than a brand new lower quality saddle. My budget tops out at prob around $600 or $700 but I might go higher if I find something I absolutely LOVE that's in great condition.

When I told my trainer that I was looking at close contact saddles, she told me to get a JUMPING saddle, not a CC, because of the larger knee blocks and such and the seat. However, I'm a little confused...depending on the brand, I see descriptions for saddles such as:

"All Purpose/Jumping saddle"
"Close contact/Jumping saddle"

Are these some sort of combo, or IS a jumping saddle the same thing as either of those? I am seeing this a LOT online all over...and it's confusing me. For example, here are some on tack trader I was looking at but a couple are CC which she said I wouldn't like....

TackTrader Item ID: 279051 - Classifieds

TackTrader Item ID: 292281 - Classifieds

TackTrader Item ID: 290173 - Classifieds
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    08-27-2009, 12:44 PM
The second one is what I am used to calling a close contact saddle. It has no knee rolls and a fairly flat seat.

Someone else will be more helpful that that I'm sure but I feel your pain lol
    08-27-2009, 03:54 PM
Green Broke
I have never heard that there was a difference between a close contact and a "jumping" saddle. Most people refer to CC's as jumping saddles.

However, I would not buy any one of those saddles. The first two don't have knee rolls whatsoever and the second one doesn't have thigh blocks. I would strongly encourage both.

Like the courbette vision:
    08-27-2009, 03:55 PM
Green Broke
Sorry for the double post...

But an all purpose jumping saddle is what you have. And since you are trying to sell it, I don't think you'd want another :)
    08-27-2009, 04:33 PM
I always thought that for jumping you want a close contact saddle, which is what I have. I have the Bates Caprilli CC which I love. You might be able to pick up a used one for your price range on eBay.
    08-27-2009, 07:02 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
OOOOOH that is NICE Drew! Is that what you have now?? I wonder if I could ever find one used in my price range!
    08-27-2009, 07:03 PM
I already looked. Used is $1,000.00.
    08-27-2009, 07:07 PM
Green Broke
    08-27-2009, 07:17 PM
Funny, I said the same thing.
    08-27-2009, 07:20 PM
Green Broke
Ugh, my budget keeps going up and up!!! It started at $400 and now I'm willing to spend up to $700 on a good used one! GEEZ how did that happen??? Lol

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