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post #1 of 4 Old 10-25-2009, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Close contact saddles - are they any different?

I got standard BdH saddle today in Dover, but when I put it on my horse back it looked horribly narrow on front (I didn't even ride, just put it on top of square pad). Even on my thinner paint. I'll be returning it back (as it just doesn't look right to me). So does it look very different from A/P (I'm talking about the fit here)? I do remember trying the old jumping saddle my neighbor borrowed me and it didn't look nearly that narrow.
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-03-2009, 05:37 PM
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I rode in a close contact jumping saddle once, I honestly thought it was a weird sort of dressage saddle! it was fine for flatwork, but terrible for jumping in!

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A close contact saddle should not be any more narrow than an A/P saddle. These two types of saddles really just vary in the type of seat and flap configurations (for different riding purposes). A close contact saddle would be used more for equitation or hunter/jumper. An A/P saddle is more all purpose (hence the name-haha!) You can get deep enough in the seat and long enough in the leg for dressage, but also be able to shorten those stirrups and pop over some small jumps. Comfortable for trail riding.

I've veered off track! But if this BdH is too narrow, it's not because it's a close contact saddle. It's just because the tree is too narrow! I think BdHs generally run narrow compared to most higher-end saddles. I had one and did not really like how it fit my horse (all my other saddles are close contacts--just other brands).

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Thanks, Equine! I guess it was just something wrong with the saddle. Medium tree even on narrow side just can't be THAT narrow (twice more narrow then my medium tree AP collegiate). That's why they were so happy when I got it (with like 60% off new). And very upset when we returned it very next day.
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