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post #1 of 8 Old 09-22-2008, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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does any body know what would be the best type of for english jumping saddle becaz i dont know if i should get a close conntact or some thing defernt
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-22-2008, 10:14 PM
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Depends what you want to use it for & your budget etc. If you plan on doing just jumpers flat seat, or if you want to use it for everything a general purpose then you branch out into the world of different brands, costs etc.

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-22-2008, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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well i guess a all purpose saddle would probipily do good but do i need close contact or does all purpose it cover that 2
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I bought an all purpose saddle 5 months ago, but now I totally regret it. It's fine for jumping in hunters/cross country, but now I need a dressage saddle for eventing which my all purpose isn't exactly ideal for. And I figure when I get my dressage saddle I might as well trade in my all purpose for a close contact... so it really depends on what you want to get in to now, and what you see yourself doing in the near future. Jumpers, hunters or eventing?

Do you live near a saddle fitter?
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that's a very broad question... It depends on your budget and what else you plan on doing. I personally hate All Purpose saddles but I'm strictly a hunter/jumper rider with a little dressage on the side so I stick with a close contact. An AP is not quite a jumping saddle and it's not quite a dressage saddle so it serves neither purpose particularly well. Most of the eventers I know eventually broke down and bought a separate jumping saddle (close contact) and dressage saddle. But that depends on your budget and how serious you are. If you're going to be mainly jumping I'd stick with a Close Contact.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-23-2008, 11:00 AM
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that's a very broad question... It depends on your budget and what else you plan on doing. I personally hate All Purpose saddles but I'm strictly a hunter/jumper rider with a little dressage on the side so I stick with a close contact. An AP is not quite a jumping saddle and it's not quite a dressage saddle so it serves neither purpose particularly well. Most of the eventers I know who originally bought an AP eventually broke down and bought a separate jumping saddle (close contact) and dressage saddle. But that depends on your budget and how serious you are. If you're going to be mainly jumping I'd stick with a Close Contact.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-23-2008, 11:30 AM
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Definitely look around for a saddle fitter or a leathery or something in your area. Even though it'll probably cost between $50 and $100 for the visit, I think it's worth it just because it's really easy to buy a saddle that doesn't fit your horse. Even though I've bought a saddle on ebay in the past (and it by luck just happened to fit that horse) one of the girls at my barn bought a pretty sweet looking saddle for her horse, but after a month of riding in it her horse started acting really strange and they realized that it was because of the saddle not fitting. Moral of the story, it would have been easier to splurge that initial money for the fitter versus pay a $100+ vet bill in the future and have a lame horse. ;P
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