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post #1 of 6 Old 03-07-2009, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle Questions...

Hello everyone!
I'm new to this forum and also new to riding. I am looking around for an english saddle to buy because the one my instructor has for my lesson horse is too small for me. But I was wondering what your opinions are and need some advice. Since I am a beginner, I don't want to spend a lot on a saddle, so I've been looking for used and searching online as well.
Here are the questions: Does the color of the saddle matter in shows? Does the saddle type matter in English Pleasure vs. Dressage? In other words, can I buy a dressage saddle and use it for both? Or is that against the rules? (Remember, we're talking about beginner shows.)
Thanks everyone! I love this forum... I've been learning a lot! ;)
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-07-2009, 06:47 PM
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you will want to buy an all purpose saddle as a beginner. If you want something less expensive then the used idea is the right way to go.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-07-2009, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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If I can't find an all-purpose, can I use a dressage saddle in events other than dressage? Or no?
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-07-2009, 08:27 PM
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Don't worry, you WILL find an all-purpose saddle. They are probably the most common english saddle. haha But no, I do not think you can use a dressage saddle unless you are doing a dressage show. If you cannot find an all-purpose saddle then I would suggest a close contact saddle. If you are looking for a used saddle, i would recommend going to craigslist classifieds: jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, events, forums. Good luck!
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-07-2009, 08:41 PM
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I've found a couple saddles on Ebay for good prices and you might ask around to see if there is a used/consignment tack store in your area. We have a couple within a 20 min. drive of us and they have tons of used saddles at good prices. You might want to get one with a medium tree as you don't know what horse you'll be riding so that gives you more flexibility.

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-07-2009, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone! ;)
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