Originally Posted by HighonEquine
I'm having a thought.
I seem to like the look of an all purpose.. but I'm wondering what specifically would be the best style for me to go with. I trail ride, but I'll jump over things.. race up hills, I like to work on dressage basics and all that..
I'm liking the trail saddle by Duett a lot. Not so much the colors.. but all the attachments and what not. We tend to go for pretty long rides so I really want something comfortable for both of us and this saddle is supposed to have a comfy seat.
Both All Purpose saddles and dressage saddles are used a lot on the trail. It really is a personal preference thing. Some people like having a longer stirrup and straighter leg combined with a deep seat an bigger knee-blocks. They like the dressage-saddles. Others like being able to shorten the stirrup more for more jumping or being in a half-seat more.
You can still zip through the trails or jump smaller jumps in a dressage saddle. You can still do basic dressage-work in an A/P saddle (as long as the stirrup bar is far enough back that you can lengthen the stirrup to open up your hip angle).
I've ridden many many far too many trail miles in both types of saddles. I prefer my A/P for trails, especially steep ones, because I find the dressage-seat too restrictive to let me really move my seat around enough to help a horse out on steep hills.