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    03-15-2008, 05:59 PM
English Saddle?

Hey everyone...
I've been shopping around for a new saddle, and I'm not quite sure what to get. I mainly do flat classes (Hunter under saddle), though eventually some jumping may be thrown in. I have an all purpose wintec that I use right now, so I'm looking for something leather... I just don't know what to buy! The close-contacts look pretty, but they're not flat-saddles.. :) so what could I get that would put me in a nice position on the flat, as well as do alright if I needed to jump (like a hack class)?
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    03-15-2008, 06:03 PM
Eventing saddles are awesome.
    03-15-2008, 07:39 PM
Well it sounds like a nice all purpose saddle would be good for what you are doing. The one I have is an hdr advantage synthetic but if you need a leather one that won't help you. I know hrd makes some good ap saddles that are good for jumping if you arn't planning on going too high. It depends on your price range though.
    03-15-2008, 09:57 PM
Green Broke
Do you like the feel of your wintec other then the fact that it's not leather? You could get a Bates. It's same company so the trees are the same, except that the Bates are leather. I think the Bates Caprilli (a good jumping saddle) runs a little less then $2,000. What's your price range?

Just out of curiosity, what constitutes a good flat saddle?
    03-16-2008, 02:34 AM
I'm thinking about the Bates... I am a fan of my wintec, sadly. XD
My price range is probably around 1,000, but I have a few tack stores around me that carry hundreds of used english saddles, so I can get a really nice one for that price :)
A good flat saddle to me is one that puts me in a good position, and isn't geared to throw me forward like a jumping saddle might.. I like a little longer flap so it doesn't look silly :) But that's just me. I wouldn't be jumping high at all (I think the highest jumps in hack classes are 3' or 3'2") so that's not a major concern. Just looking for some ideas.
    03-18-2008, 01:20 AM
Well most all purpose saddle really throw off your position. From the sounds of it if all you do is every day flat work (not dressage flat work) then there is no reason why you can't look at jumping saddles. Most of them are great for every day flat work yet give you that needed support for fences.

Good Luck.
    03-18-2008, 03:49 PM
Really? I'm not a jumper, so I haven't ridden in a saddle made for it in.. ah, ages! I was worried it wouldn't support a lot of flat work... thanks though! I'll definitely look at them too. :)
    03-18-2008, 04:40 PM
I would think a bates or HDR saddle would be best for what you want. Also I think you should go with an all purpose saddle or close contact depending on what you would prefer.
    03-18-2008, 06:59 PM
Britt is correct. At the end of the day you need to go out and test out the difference between the 2. The information we give you means nothing if you prefer one over the other.

    03-18-2008, 10:16 PM
I think your best bet is to go for a hunter/jumper or equitation saddle rather than all-purpose. They are made specifically for the riding you are doing and are good on the flat and over fences. All purpose saddles are made so that they can be used for flat, jumping, or dressage, so they may be a little too deep and upright for your purposes.

See if you can do a test ride and see what's most comfortable and what fits you and your horse. A lot of places, and even stores like Dover Saddlery allow test rides with a lot of their saddles.

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