Can't make a saddle decision...help!
I don't have a saddle for Tara right now. That's okay since she's crazy and we don't ride yet :-P I can't decide if I want to get an all purpose to start off, or a dressage saddle. Eventually I'll want a dressage and a jumping saddle, and since we probably won't be jumping for a long time, I feel like I should invest in a dressage saddle first. BUT if we end up jumping sooner than expected, I'd be out of luck.
I love love love Collegiate Senior Events (big plus that they're convertible), and if they made it in black, I'd have that as my only saddle for a long time. I just don't like havana for dressage shows...no logical reason behind it, I just don't :-P
But I just can't make a decision...should I get a dressage saddle first? All purpose? Cheap all purpose until I can afford a nice one of each? Ah!! I'm the most indecisive person in the world.
He He He! I know the feeling. My suggestion is check Craigslist! I find great deals on there all the time. . . Maybe you'll find one of each for cheap. . .
No, don't get an all purpose, unless you find one with a forward flap to accomodate jumping. Most AP saddles flaps are too straight for jumping, and most aren't balanced right for dressage. If you're doing strictly flat work, start with a dressage saddle, and then add a jumping saddle when you're ready.
Don't go with the cheap one. You get what you pay for and it may very well be waste of money. I can't advise on either because I personally have A/P Collegiate and CC Pessoa. I used A/P for low jumping and it obviously worked (and my instructor said it looks OK) as well as it works fine for flat work, but generally I use my CC.
BTW, I do remember someone on this forum was selling Rembrandt dressage saddle for really good price. I tried this brand and it was very comfortable to sit in.
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