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post #1 of 51 Old 02-01-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Which AP English saddle is best?

I want to start riding in English, I already have lined up lessons but now I need a saddle. And I realized that all I know is that I want an all purpose English saddle. What I want to know is which brand is best?

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post #2 of 51 Old 02-01-2012, 06:07 PM
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I don't think there's one "best" brand. A lot of people start out with Wintec saddles – they're easy to care for and well-known.

All-purpose saddles are good and fine, but remember that as you get better as a rider, they'll start to limit you.

However, you can easily do dressage in a jumping saddle. Why not start out with a jumping saddle instead of going for an AP saddle?

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post #3 of 51 Old 02-01-2012, 06:21 PM
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I think you'd be better off venturing to a Close Contact saddle instead of an All Purpose. A/P's don't help you out very much with your form, due to how they are designed.

If you can get in touch with a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter, to have them come out and help you with your choice, that would be great. A good one will come out with a bunch of different saddles, and will start the process from there.

That way, you can ride in them, and have a professional eye tell you "yay" or "nay".
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post #4 of 51 Old 02-01-2012, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. And I figured an all purpose would be good because I ride in western, have for 13 yrs, and between my trail horse and cutting filly I didn't see the need for a dressage or jumping saddle.
I have great balance and ride bareback often, but I thought the English would help with my now casual form. I ride several different horse during the month and ride nearly everyday. I know my form has become most comfortable but sloppy, and I want to help restructure it.

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post #5 of 51 Old 02-01-2012, 06:34 PM
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Don't be afraid to get a used saddle(: Some brands that are usually good are Collegiate, Bates, Pessoa, and Beval. Mind you, out of those I've only ridden in a Bates and a Beval, but they were both really nice. The other brands are just commonly recommended, bought, etc.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!!

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post #6 of 51 Old 02-01-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. And there aren't very many used English saddles where I am at... I found one but it was more than just "used" so I figured Id go with new =)

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post #7 of 51 Old 02-01-2012, 06:56 PM
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Oh... you could try e-bay. Worst case scenario, it doesn't fit: then you just turn around and resell it, and get another one(:

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post #8 of 51 Old 02-01-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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I found a Kincade Redi-Ride Synthetic All Purpose on state line tack with cinch and stirrups for 219?? What you think?

I tried all the brands you named me on ebay an non are as cheap or included

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post #9 of 51 Old 02-01-2012, 07:24 PM
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With all respect Kincade is quite a junk (and most of the time doesn't fit the horse well).
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post #10 of 51 Old 02-01-2012, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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thanks!! I really appreciate the help!!

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