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post #11 of 16 Old 10-09-2012, 09:04 PM
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Yes, they do come in brown. I love mine.
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My Niedersuess is 18" and I believe its a medium/wide. I can measure gullet for you tomorrow for sure (can't remember off the top of my head). I really do love it, but I've got a Bates Innova that fits me a bit better.
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I find my dressage saddle painful going on hills with. My back tells me whenever it is not feeling to great, and it screams at me on trail rides in my dressage saddle! I love my AP Stubben Roxanne that I bought used- although mine has thigh blocks. If you are going to be hacking out in flatter fields and trails then I would get a nice dressage as they are (or should be) super comfy. If you ride on hills, I would get an AP. Since you aren't specifically doing dressage or jumping, the newer AP's wouldn't be able to put you in a bad position for dressage or jumping (although I don't particularly agree with anebel's opinion that new AP's don't support a good position in jumping/dressage, I think it really depends on the saddle).

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APs are generally useless, at least the new style ones. Older military saddles are good APs.
I jumped, dressaged and cross-countried for years in an AP - could only afford one saddle - as well as hunted and hacked. The term covers a wide variety of flap profiles, so don't discount them. The vast majority of saddles sold in the UK are this type.

Older military saddles - be careful. They've often been stored for a long time and refurbishment can be expensive. Plus they're designed to be used with a blanket (like Western saddles) which complicates fitting slightly.

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I jumped, dressaged and cross-countried for years in an AP - could only afford one saddle - as well as hunted and hacked. The term covers a wide variety of flap profiles, so don't discount them. The vast majority of saddles sold in the UK are this type.

Older military saddles - be careful. They've often been stored for a long time and refurbishment can be expensive. Plus they're designed to be used with a blanket (like Western saddles) which complicates fitting slightly.

Best of luck.
Amen! I rode in an AP for years, there are so many different kinds. Mine was an older Crosby Sofride, and I used it for dressage, XC, stadium, fox hunts, trail rides, camping, team sorting, you name it! Would still have it had my horse not gotten too wide for it.
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Thanks everyone for your inputs. I honestly think I'm going to look for a good quality, used AP saddle...for the type of riding I do I think it will suit me well, versus a discipline specific saddle like a dressage or close contact.
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