Okay, I'm in quite a dilemma. I am getting a new saddle for Christmas, but the problem is, should it be dressage or jumping?
I have a jumper saddle already, but no dressage saddle. I do eventing and there are leg blocks behind the leg of my saddle, making it hard for me to put my leg in the correct position for flat work. Also, the saddle needs a repair on the left side of the tree, and without it, I wouldn't be able to sell it for enough to get a new jumping saddle. The last problem with this saddle is that I don't know if it fits my horse well enough. I know his back used to be very sensitive and it seemed to hurt him quite a bit, so I started using a half pad. Recently, I stopped using the half pad and his back seems fine. He used to be out of work before I started riding him and using him in this saddle, so I wonder if his back muscles have developed, resulting in the saddle fitting him a lot better?
So, all in all-
If I get a new jumping saddle without leg blocks:
-Better leg position for flat work
-Better fitting saddle
-No dressage saddle
If I get a dressage saddle:
-Better dressage position overall
-Good fitting saddle
-I'll have both a dressage AND jumping saddle
Pleaseee tell me what you think I should do!!