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With Grace 12-21-2011 12:47 AM

Want an everyday saddle...thoughts?
 
I ride 3 to 4 days a week in my KN dressage saddle. When I purchased this saddle it was for training, but mostly it was gorgeous for showing in, and fit me and the horse perfectly. Im planning on continuing to lease my mare long term, and would like to pick up a saddle for my pleasure rides that I dont have to be so careful of. I plan on buying this used, but other than that I dont know what to look for. Close contact? All purpose? Something maybe some day I can jump in?

What makers should I be looking at?

Thanks!

HollyBubbles 12-21-2011 04:55 AM

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Originally Posted by With Grace (Post 1274023)
I ride 3 to 4 days a week in my KN dressage saddle. When I purchased this saddle it was for training, but mostly it was gorgeous for showing in, and fit me and the horse perfectly. Im planning on continuing to lease my mare long term, and would like to pick up a saddle for my pleasure rides that I dont have to be so careful of. I plan on buying this used, but other than that I dont know what to look for. Close contact? All purpose? Something maybe some day I can jump in?

What makers should I be looking at?

Thanks!

Personally I think an all purpose would be fine (we call them general purpose here) I've got 2(1synthetic/1leather) and one dressage saddle. I've ridden for just over 3 years now and up until literally 2 weeks ago it was all done in a general purpose saddle. My dressage was done in it, my jumping was done in it, my flatwork was done in it, I did everything in the general purpose saddle.. So I think you'll be fine in one of those.
I jumped to 90cm on a fiery thoroughbred in my gp saddle, after only a year of riding.. And stayed in it fine :lol:

mildot 12-21-2011 05:07 AM

Since you live in the wet PNW, I'd think a Wintec or Thorowgood all purpose would be a good idea.

kitten_Val 12-21-2011 08:21 AM

I rarely suggest that, but if Wintec fits you both I'd say go for it for pleasure riding. The new ones are on cheaper side, and you can find nice used one really cheap. I'm not fan of Wintec frankly, but I'd be OK with it for trail riding or riding just to mess with the horse.

With Grace 12-21-2011 10:39 AM

Thanks for the suggestions! I should have mentioned that I may possibly show in the saddle as well (maybe start hunters classes again one day), and use it pretty frequently, so don't want to go synthetic. Totally agree that living in the PNW can be bad on leather, but I do mostly ride indoor unless we get one of those rare clear days here (like today, whoo hoo!). Have a budget of about $500 for a used saddle.

kitten_Val 12-21-2011 11:48 AM

Grace, I'm confused with your 1st post then. What about KN? My understanding was you use KN for practice rides and possible showing, but wants something else for trail riding (and alike).

If you want a used leather one you can look into (again) KN, M Toulouse, Stubben, Thornhill (that's what I have, but it's for wider horses), Kieffer.

As for type of saddle, personally I'd still say go with 2 separate: dressage for dressage, CC for jumping, if you are somewhat serious about either of them. A/P is great for trail riding, but I don't think it's really comfortable specifically for either discipline.

Cinnys Whinny 12-21-2011 11:53 AM

I really love my Abetta synthetic. It was relatively inexpensive, and it's very easy to care for (just hose it off when it looks dirty, not kidding). I never worry about it getting messed up, unlike my Kieffer Wien.

With Grace 12-21-2011 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by kitten_Val (Post 1274365)
Grace, I'm confused with your 1st post then. What about KN? My understanding was you use KN for practice rides and possible showing, but wants something else for trail riding (and alike).

If you want a used leather one you can look into (again) KN, M Toulouse, Stubben, Thornhill (that's what I have, but it's for wider horses), Kieffer.

As for type of saddle, personally I'd still say go with 2 separate: dressage for dressage, CC for jumping, if you are somewhat serious about either of them. A/P is great for trail riding, but I don't think it's really comfortable specifically for either discipline.

:) sorry for confusion...I think thats why I'm posting about this because I am confused as well. The whole story is my KN dressage saddle I purchased in like new condition, and I've decided I want to keep it in that condition for showing and training. When I'm at the barn riding for pleasure, I think I want more of a jumping saddle, or all purposed english saddle that I wouldnt feel bad about scuffing and hurting, but with the possibility of using it for some hunt seat equitation maybe next year (did this when I was younger so keep thinking about going back to it). There's a great saddlery close to me with lots of used saddles, but since I have never purchased this type of saddle, I'm not even sure what I should be looking at.

kitten_Val 12-21-2011 12:14 PM

Oh, I see... Then yes, why not to go with the CC? You can look into MT - it makes awesome CC saddles (and you can find real deals)!

With Grace 12-21-2011 04:55 PM

Ok, thanks! I'll go take a look and see if they have any MT's I can take out on trial.


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