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        10-29-2009, 06:47 AM
      #11
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
    a great dressage rider once told me ap=no purpose lol
    Exactly same thing I was told by old jumping rider/trainer last week. I DO own AP and frankly I have to agree. It's great for trail riding and comfy all over, but not great for dressage or jumping. I'm looking into cc saddle now.
         
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        10-29-2009, 07:49 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
    Knee blocks arent suposed to effect your flat work that much. What kind of saddle do you have now??
    Dressage saddles put you back a little bit more (as compared to an a/p and c/c saddle), thus you might be put off trying to jump with the horse/
    They aren't knee blocks, they're leg blocks that are behind my leg, causing my leg to not be in the correct position. They become too far forward for dressage work.
    The saddle I have now is the old version of the Dover Circuit. It's a jumper saddle.
    And I know that dressage saddles will put you back more. It's the same as a jumper saddle putting you forward more. I would never jump in a dressage saddle, that's why I would keep the jumping saddle I have now for jumping, and use a new dressage saddle for dressage and flat work at home.
         
        10-29-2009, 08:24 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    This doesn't seem difficult - you just need to figure out what you need.
    • If your jumping saddle is fine, get a dressage saddle.
    • If your jumping saddle isn't getting the job done and you can't afford both a dressage and jumping saddle, and you do enough dressage that a jumping saddle won't cut it, get an AP.
    • If the jumping saddle isn't ideal, but works and you really want two separate saddles, you can always get a dressage saddle and save up for a jumping saddle down the line.
    It is easy for people to be snooty about APs if they have enough money that you can afford two decent quality saddles, but getting one good quality AP is going to be better than 2 cheap saddles or having one saddle that doesn't cut it for both disciples when you spend considerable time and effort on both of them. And if down the road your needs and financial situation changes, you can always save your money, sell the AP and invest in however many saddles you need to get the job done.
         
        10-29-2009, 09:54 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Thanks this is really helpful! You actually made a very good point and you're right it actually does seem really easy. I think I might get a dressage saddle and keep the jumping saddle I have for now. Thank you so much!
         

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