Sooo long story short, I bought a saddle about 6 months ago, that I love and that fits my horse, but the girth points aren't safe - they don't run all the way over the top of the saddle's tree and they're held on by one screw each girth point. I only found this out after having it fitted last week - a fit which, by the way, I am NOT happy with. My horse likes it but I feel a mile above his back and cannot get my legs on him at all. I want some of the stuffing taken out but it's near on impossible to get a saddle fitter here and it was so expensive the first time around for a fit that I was not happy with. And the saddle itself isn't safe. I haven't had a problem but that's not to say I won't - after all, I've only HAD the thing for 6 or 8 months!
I owe money that I have to pay off first before I can get a new saddle. I was going to buy one anyway but now it's a toss-up - do I get another dressage saddle, or do I bite the bullet and buy a jumping saddle? I know I need something I can jump in. I hate allpurpose saddles or I'd be riding in the one I have.
Is it ok to ride in a less-than-ideally-safe saddle for flatwork only and get something more sturdy and therefore safer for jumping? Should I just ditch the dressage saddle idea altogether? What would YOU do in my situation? (you have a saddle that isn't designed for your discipline, that isn't ideally safe, and you have the option to buy one that IS designed for your discipline but makes training things that are vital for said discipline more difficult)
If I were to buy a jumping saddle it would be a Wintec 500 jump. It's relatively cheap, from a good brand that is proven to last, and the Wintec jumping saddles are fairly well-balanced saddles. The other option is to find myself a Wintec dressage saddle that fits my boy. That'll probably be the 500, because as wonderful as the Isabell is (I have a rip-off, same saddle, lower pricetag, lower safety value) I don't like the contact, or rather lack thereof, that I have with my horse when I ride in it.
My budget doesn't extend to leather saddles unless I buy second-hand, and I'm lazy so prefer synthetic simply for the low-maintenance value of them. Otherwise I'd be looking at saddles like the Bates Caprilli jump, which I know I can pick up second hand for as little as $800, but that I'm not sure of regarding fit.
Either way this is a little pie-in-the-sky at the moment because I won't commit myself to more financial things while I still owe money, but hey, that's what thinking ahead's for - so I know what to do with myself when that debt is paid off.