Close contact vs. All purpose is there a difference?

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    06-21-2009, 02:55 PM
Close contact vs. All purpose is there a difference?

After quite a bit of looking and research I am still confused as to the difference between close contact and all purpose saddles. My original thought was that All purpose was a type of saddle like a dressage saddle or forward seat, all purpose being the middle saddle that could be used for either discipline. Yet I felt that a close contact had to do with how the saddle was made, as made to be closer contact with the horse, less leather between you and the horse..that sort of thing.

Can anyone shed some light on this? I've had a horrible time trying to find definitions of saddle styles on the internet. I was hoping someone here could enlighten me.

Please and thank you!
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    06-21-2009, 03:03 PM
Well All Purpose can be used for successful flatwork and fence work. Actually, close contact isn't just the other side of All Purpose. Close Contact saddles are a little more advanced of a saddle. Of course you get a close contact to the horse but it's also an advanced way to ride with no help from the saddle basically. Besides close contact saddles there are those that do help with your position. You have to find a detailed description of the saddle to understand if it's close contact or if its not.

I hope that made sense? Haha. A saddle can be close contact or not.
    06-21-2009, 05:18 PM
All Purpose- Deaper seat, longer flap. Can be used for lower levels dressage and jumping

Close Contact- Shallower/flatter seat, some have a more forward flap, lower pomel. Benificial for jumping higher fences.

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