Hey all. I'm currently shopping for a (new to me) used English saddle. What type would you recommend and why?
Here's a bit of background about me and my horse:
I'm a very recreational rider. I prefer English to Western, simply because I feel more secure in the saddle. I don't show, but I would like to be able to pop comfortably over low trees or obstructions if the opportunity came up. My mare is a large barreled, 16.1hh Standardbred mare. She has an average wither.
I've sat in all purpose, dressage and close contact saddles. I enjoy plain flap saddles simply because there's less between me and my horse, but the sales person at the tack store recommended a dressage saddle because I mentioned I'd be on the trail. I sat in a few and found them very comfortable. The longer flaps fit my leg well, and put me in a great position... or as good a position as one can get on a sawhorse with no stirrups. Heh.
However, I'm curious... could I make it over very occasional smaller jumps in a dressage saddle or should I contain my search to eventing or close contact saddles? What brands would you recommend? I sat in a Stubben dressage saddle (loved it!) and a Crosby jumping saddle (also a fan). I sat in a few others, but those two really stood out in my memory. I've now found a Crosby Olympic Works dressage saddle online, local to me and in a size that should fit both myself and my horse. If you were in my position, would you recommend a dressage saddle? Should I steer clear of a dressage saddle if I want to do a bit of jumping?