Best jumping saddle? Suggestions?
Im looking to get rid of my all purpose that puts me in a chair seat and get a jumping saddle as that is my passion.
I will only be getting a second hand one, but have been looking at brands such as Bates Caprilli/momentum, Pessoa, Southern Stars
Can anyone help point me in the right direction?
Get a saddle fitter out to fit both you and your horse for a saddle.
It sucks buying a saddle only to be told that it doesn't and will never fit your horse.... :)
So get a saddle custom made? My mare is only young so is going to change shape a lot more and fill out more. It does suck, but you can always re sell the saddle :D Ive found my mare needs a wider style saddle so thats why I was thinking of the Bates saddle
Some people find Wintec jump saddles super comfy and they fit their horses well, some like bates elevations, but they won't fit the horse, a southern stars saddle may fit the horse amazingly but the rider my find it is super uncomfy.
Personally, I like the bates momentum, but it won't fit my horse properly, so when I buy a new saddle I am going to get an elevation. It fits both me (seat wise, good for my lower leg, comfy-etc) and my horse.
We have an amazing fitter out here that doesn't actually sell saddles, she just fits them. She has a range of different makes, sizes and models that she can bring to your place and let's you try them out. She will tell you if a saddle you are thinking of getting will work for your horse or not too. Worth her weight in gold that one!!
If your mare is young though, I would be leaning towards anything with a gullet system so it can be easily altered to accommodate her when she changes shape... And I love bates saddles :)
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gullet systems are absolutely useless and no good for jumping. you can change the width of the tree sort of, but that doesnt mean you can make it fit your horse. those systems put more pressure behind the shoulder when jumping. i would never ever jump a horse in one. get a real saddle that fits.
how old is your horse ? i would definitely have a fitter out. they know lots of saddles, if you give them a few brand names they will be able to help you pick one that will fit your horse.
I have done more then my fair share of research on them lately as I have a horse that is hard to fit. I have talked with saddle fitters, chiros and my coach. I am a freak when it comes to saddle fit.
I am not a huge fan of Wintec as I find that they tend to not fit in the shoulder very well(which is what gypsygirl said), which means Bates falls in by default as they have the exact same system. I asked about Bates on here a few weeks ago and kept getting told they tip the rider. I looked into it more and it seems to be a common complaint and many find they don't fit the horse well everywhere else.
I have the collegiate with the gullet system- it helps that the saddle itself fits his back well, the gullet system is helpful when he gets fatter in the winter and leaner / muscular in the summer :lol:
On that note, I say NO NO to Wintecs. I found that it put me in a horrible position, was super uncomfortable and every serious fall I've taken, I took out of my old Wintec. They're great for cross rails, but you start jumping bigger and they're just so darn slippery and stiff.
I tried a Bates before my Collegiate, the seat was nice and comfy, I loved it- but I ended up buying the Collegiate instead, it fit nicely and just looked nicer in my opinion.
Just to pipe in, there is a changeable alternative to easy-change gullets - a lot of saddle makers now use a mouldable tree, that can be easily adjusted by your local saddler in addition to re-flocking when saddle fit changes. Not so ideal for a young horse with dramatic fit changes, but for yearly weight loss/gain this works well. Is dependent on your saddler being good though.
I will say I love the Thorowgoods - very comfy and put you in a good position, let you sit in well, and they have changeable gullets if that's what you want. My Saddle Company event saddle has a similar fit style to a Thorowgood, just with the mouldable tree instead of gullet change (and being leather), and I love it.
The new T8 is leather and you can change the flocking as well as the gullet. Its a beautiful saddle. I actually almost bought one because I loved it. But I ended up going with the HDR Fletcher.
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