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post #1 of 13 Old 12-05-2019, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Question Close contact or all purpose English saddle - what's the difference?

I'm new to this forum but would appreciate some info from experienced horse people.
I'm selling an English saddle but don't know the difference between a close contact and an all purpose. How do you differentiate?
It's my daughter's saddle and she's away right now.

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-05-2019, 03:47 PM
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Can you post a photo of it?
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Is the back of it rounded or square? Squared is usually close contact and rounded is all purpose.
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I'm new to the forum so how do I upload a photo??? Thx
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I'm new to the forum so how do I upload a photo???
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Under "go advanced" right under the text box, click on it and it will bring you to another response drafting page.. from there "manage attachments" should allow you to upload a photo.


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Thanks! Hope it works. If not I put the same picture as my picture by my name.
Hope one comes through. :)
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That looks like an All-Purpose.
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-06-2019, 05:26 PM
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It depends on your definition of 'close contact'.

From previous forum posts, the US idea of CC is, basically, a jumping saddle. In this respect yours is an AP (or GP - General Purpose - in UK terminology) since the flap is a lot straighter cut than a traditional jumping saddle would be.

Technically, though, CC refers to the saddle panel, not the discipline it's to be used for, and describes a slim and often shallow panel which sits the saddle tree, and hence the rider, closer to the horse. These were originally designed for competition use and therefore are not always ideal for general riding - the minimalist panel can allow the horse to feel more pressure from the saddle over an extended period of time.

I've seen all manner of saddle types with CC panels (most often foam filled) and it's hard to tell from the picture what yours is.
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Rounded, so I guess it's an all-purpose. Thanks for your reply!
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