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    08-13-2012, 09:01 PM
What Type Of Saddle Do I Need?

I will be doing dressage, show jumping, and cross country and right now, I can't afford two saddles. So I need one saddle that would be in use for all of this. Any suggestions on types of saddles and/or brands? Thanks
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    08-13-2012, 09:20 PM
If you're looking to do jumping AND dressage, I'd say get an all purpose saddle. I like Wintecs all purpose saddles the best.
    08-13-2012, 09:22 PM
Ok. That was what I was thinking but then I started seeing like a lot of close contact saddles so I was like 'What?'
    08-13-2012, 09:46 PM
Eventing? :)

Look around for used saddles. There are some very good used saddles out there that are half price or less of what they're worth new.
    08-14-2012, 04:51 PM
Most all purpose saddles are more like no purpose saddles. I do have a collegiate a/p that I like a lot though.

I personally ride in a cc saddle until I can afford to get a dressage saddle !
    08-16-2012, 09:15 AM
Green Broke
I personally don't like all purpose saddles.

They don't really put you in a good position for either jumping or dressage, and some can actually encourage bad positions.

If you're only going to be jumping small I'd just get a dressage saddle to start with. If you don't have much money look at some second hand saddles.

Dressage is basis of all english riding, and to be a good jumper you need to do a lot of dressage. My old instructor used to say to me 5 hours of dressage to one hour of jumping, or at least five riding sessions of dressage, to one session focussed on jumping.

If you think of it that way, you'd probably use your dressage saddle a lot more. I used to have a CC and a dressage and definitely used the dressage much more.
    08-16-2012, 09:59 AM
The problem with just getting a dressage saddle is that you can't safely jump, especially do xc in a dressage saddle. There is just no way in heck you can get your leg in the right position.

If you get a jumping saddle then you just put your stirrups down a few holes and do just fine. You wont be able to put your stirrups down as far or be held in place as well, but at least its safe.
    08-16-2012, 07:45 PM
Green Broke
I used to jump in my dressage all the time. Nothing big, but for small jumps it was no problem. I didn't like my close contact, never felt like I was in a good position.

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