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post #1 of 5 Old 12-19-2013, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping in a trail saddle?

I was wondering if it would be okay to jump my horse in a saddle like this: Unique John Leckie English Trail Police Saddle 17" Great Made in England | eBay

I am schooling 3'3", and I only have one saddle to do all of my riding in, and I would like to conserve it for shows. I do a lot of trail riding on the side, and I would like a saddle that is more suited for trails but would be fine to school in, too. However, I don't want to cause any problems for my horse in the future, so I am wondering if it is okay to jump in a saddle like this or not. From what I know, and what I can see from the pictures, it looks perfectly fine for jumping in (although not appropriate for shows), but I could be wrong. So, your opinions? :) I am on a pretty strict budget. A saddle like this would be perfect for trails (provided that I can pop logs and jumps) and hunter paces for me because of the dee rings and the fact that it isn't my show saddle, which is the only one I have right now.

On the subject of hunter paces, I did my first one a month ago and I had a BLAST! But again, I had to use the saddle that i would like to use primarily for shows, and I don't like having to constantly stress about it getting banged around. So like I said, a saddle like the one in the link would be amazing to have if I am able to trail ride and jump in it: aka, hunter pace.

Any opinions? Depending on what you guys say, I am going to purchase this saddle! :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-19-2013, 10:19 PM
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You can trail ride in any saddle you're comfortable in. It doesn't have to be a "trail" saddle. I trail ride usually in my dressage saddle but I also have a jump saddle I ride in.

Better to save your money for a good used all purpose or close contact saddle than to get a cheapie.
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It does look like it would be nice to trail ride in and I'm sure it would do no harm to pop over a couple of logs in it but the only thing that I'm really noticing is that the flap is a lot longer than a close contact/jumping saddle would be and it's leaning more towards a dressage flap, which isn't really going to work for any serious jumping because it's going to put you in the wrong position. I would say look into buying a used saddle that you can sit in beforehand maybe try going to a local tack shop and finding a saddle there, they can be relativity cheap when they're used and usually you can find a reputable brand as well.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-04-2014, 04:13 PM
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I trail ride in a forward flap close contact saddle all the time. It is fairly new and was expensive, and the trails I'm on are pretty rough and brushy, and it has honestly taken no real damage. I wouldn't want to school 3'3" in a saddle not designed for jumping, but you really can trail ride in anything. Most little scratches would oil out anyway.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-04-2014, 05:48 PM
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Throughout my teens we trail rode in jumping saddles. We had lots of jumps set up on the trails which kept the horses fit. They were rarely jumped in the arena except for shows.
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