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post #1 of 5 Old 08-24-2008, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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All purpose or close contact?!

I've been riding for about three years and have tried everything from western pleasure to dressage. I've decided that I would like to go more into dressage, but would also be interested in a little jumping. I won't be doing very high jumps considering my horse was in an accident a while ago and is still recovering, but the vet told me I could do small ones. I've been told by many different people to get close contact for now, and if I decide not to go into jumping just get a dressage saddle. Others have told me to just get an all purpose so I can do both with no problem. Some people have told me that all purpose doesn't give you a completely balanced seat and that close contact would be better. I'm so confused at what to do and ultimately what I want is for my horse to be comfortable. What should I do?!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-24-2008, 11:46 AM
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Hmm, it depends. Do you like to jump? Will you be doing jumping as well? ;) I'd get an all-purpose.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-24-2008, 06:43 PM
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If you are mainly focusing on dressage with the occasional small jump you could even get away with a dressage saddle now. Jumping in a dressage saddle at low heights is fine, because your hip angle is rather open at lower heights you can keep your seat quiet well in the dressage saddle. I have even seen people ride full courses at about 60cm in a dressage saddle at riding club.

I used to ride in a all-purpose for pony club. I like how the cut of it I could have long stirrups and short stirrups and it felt fine either way.I could practice dressage with a nice long leg and I could jump quite comfortably up to a metre. I alsoused my AP for gaming when long stirrups are needed for mounting easily on the run and stretching down low etc, I find it a great comfortable and versatile saddle. I still use my AP for trail riding with the occasional log jumping in there. (I have a Wintec 2000 AP that is about 12 years old)

As for a close contact, great for jumping and flatting with short stirrups but I find trying to ride with a long stirrup and leg in the CC is not very comfortable. The flat seat and the cut of the flap are made for short stirrups so you won't be able to get the leg contact you need for dressage. So if you are training mainly for dressage you won't get the most benefit from this saddle.

Hope that helped somewhat, I tend to waffle on a bi sometimes...
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-01-2008, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I really do want to jump, but I also really love dressage. My trainer told me that I should get a close contact saddle for now and when I get more advanced in dressage I can also get a dressage saddle; but considering I am paying for it all, well lets just say my budget isn't big enough for even one saddle so I think I am just going to go with AP for now. ;)
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-01-2008, 02:14 AM
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I think that's a good choice.

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