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    11-18-2011, 09:47 PM

I am an english rider, looking for an all purpose/jumping saddle. I was wondering, what do you reccomend? I don't own a horse, so I would need something that would fit &be versitile. I am about 5'3. So I would like something with growing room, because I am not fully grown. I weigh less then 150 LBS, Just saying, incase that is necessary. Please put links, & Reccomenddations.
Thanks :)
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    11-18-2011, 09:52 PM
Jumper, if you plan on jumping I'd go with CC saddle personally. Depending on your budget of course, you can look into M Toulouse (I have one myself - love it), Collegiate, Stubben. I'd name Pessoa too, but I owned it and wasn't very happy (as it was too slippery for me). If you want to go with the synthetic then Wintec or Thorowgood (spell?) could be your choice. Overall you want what fits your horse and your own bum (and I have to say to me the latter as important! ).
    11-18-2011, 09:54 PM
I don't own a horse, so that is out of the question xD unless im getting my beloved mare from my barn xD
    11-18-2011, 09:56 PM
Then I'd suggest to look into something with changeable gullets. While they are not an answer to every fit issue, they still offer some flexibility.
    11-18-2011, 09:58 PM
Alright. Then what would you reccomendd? (XD I've been riding for 6years, gone foxhunting, and showed in everything from dressage, to hunters to jumpers, and I cannot tell you anything about buying a saddle. Sad sad. XD)
    11-18-2011, 10:06 PM
Go to a tack store and sit in as many saddles as possible to get some idea of what feels best to you - different saddle manufacturers and models have different designs and feels to them - a saddle one person loves and thinks fits great may be a saddle that another person hates.

Close contacts are generally best for hunters if you are going to be jumping.
    11-18-2011, 10:13 PM
Ok. I think that would be a good ida. YOu see, I am going to ask for it for christmas. ;)
    11-18-2011, 11:31 PM
I know some saddles by Collegiate, Pessoa, and Wintec have interchangeable gullet. I believe there is a newer MT with changeable tree (I remember a discussion while back). I agree - if you have tack shops in area try to sit in different saddles to see which one you like the most.
    11-19-2011, 01:59 AM
One thing you could think about for tree size, would be to consider what kind of horse you could end up getting. Otherwise you might end up with a very poor fitting saddle.

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