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    08-04-2013, 06:54 PM
need help with saddle choice

I am finally purchasing my first horse and need a saddle that will hopefully work for me and my daughter at least for a while. I do mostly flat work and tiny jumps. I hope to be out on trail as well. My daughter will likely do some local h/j shows but she is certainly at the start of her riding and may ultimately move into cross country etc. We are both 5'10" and need a saddle that will take up a lot of leg.
I found a used Stubben Roxanne AP that was super comfy and an Ainsley I liked. Any recommendations on a good multipurpose saddle, or should I really be looking to go close contact for my daughter and AP for me.
Many thanks.
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    08-05-2013, 06:19 AM
Green Broke
I'd probably buy a dressage and a close contact.

To me, many all purpose saddles try to bridge close contact and dressage in a way that they don't really help with either. In my experience, often the stirrup is set too far forward for a dressage leg, but the saddle is still sort of cut in a way that brings you very upright, for lack of a better word. It's best to have a saddle designed for it's purpose, rather than a saddle that they try to make do everything.

Go sit in some saddles to find what suits you.
    08-05-2013, 08:43 AM
I'd go with dressage for flat, and CC for jumping. I did own A/P and found it to be quite uncomfortable for jumping (I'm also tall with long legs).

BTW, I use MT for jumping - very comfortable and accommodate all of my legs. :)
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    08-05-2013, 03:31 PM
Just to stir things around a bit, I disagree with the above :)

In forty years of owning horses I've never had a specialist jumping saddle and owned dressage saddles for only short periods of time.

While you can hack out in a dressage, you can't jump, so if I were you I'd look for an AP. 'Event' cuts are more forward in the flap if you have long legs and try to sit in one before you buy to check it'll work for you.

Your daughter might be better with a jumping saddle, which I've seen being dressaged at lower levels, but again I reckon an event saddle would do the job. I did club level events and showjumping up to 1.10m in an AP, basically because I never had the budget for two saddles.

Best of luck :)
    08-06-2013, 08:36 AM
UA, I'm not going to disagree or argue with you. I know A/P saddles work for some people. However I couldn't find a single one that would fit my legs comfortable enough for jumping (I did need a very forward CC, and even that one was a challenge to find because it should also fit my horse).
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    08-06-2013, 09:42 PM
While you can hack out in a dressage, you can't jump, so if I were you I'd look for an AP. 'Event' cuts are more forward in the flap if you have long legs and try to sit in one before you buy to check it'll work for you.


Agreed about getting an AP saddle for yourself, especially since you want to trail ride. I bought a dressage saddle, but find I rarely use it for the very above reason. You're confined to flatwork. In an AP saddle, you would have more freedom to work in a lighter seat or jump if needed. I've been riding my dressage tests in my AP saddle. I ride dressage better in that thing than in my dressage saddle. When you go saddle shopping, find someone who can fit both of you to your saddles. Saddles can be very deceiving. Some look like they would fit your body type very well and don't fit at all. Only an experienced fitter can tell the difference.
    08-07-2013, 07:00 AM
Green Broke
I've jumped many times in my dressage, not huge, but a bit over two feet, mainly cross country style tires and logs and low barrels. Wouldn't compete it in, but if you just want to jump over a log, or do a low cross rail, it's fine. To me, it's also far more comfortable and secure for trails. If you had huge knee/thigh blocks you couldn't jump well though.

Some saddles suit different people though. Some people love dressage saddles, others despise them, and some love all purposes more than anything. Either way, try and sit in it, and ride in it if you can. Try and stick to well known brands.
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    08-07-2013, 07:20 AM
Thank you to all who took the time to write. I will trace some withers, work with my barn manager and head back to the saddle shop!
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