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post #1 of 8 Old 09-19-2009, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Considering an English Saddle

Hey all. I'm considering getting an English saddle set sooner or later. Any suggestions? I don't know much about English but it's something I want to get into probably towards the end of next summer.

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It depends on a whole lot of things, whats your horses "body shape". Do you want to get a more exspensive saddle or a "cheaper" one. Have you ridden english before?

When buying an english saddle you should look for a saddle that is comfy for you and your horse. Also you have to make sure the saddle fits properly on your horse, if its your first time with an english saddle you should get an expert/ more experianced person to do it for you.

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I haven't ridden English so I don't want to spend a whole lot on a saddle. She does need a regular/medium tree saddle. I think what I'm going to do is go to a tack shop and sit in some.

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-19-2009, 08:25 PM
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i highly recommend wintecs. while i prefer a leather saddle personally, i also own several wintecs and find them to be an invaluable addition to the tackroom on many occasions. they are great for someone just starting out english because they are affordable and easy to care for. they do not need to be oiled, and are durable. the current models all feature CAIR panels and the changeable gullet system so that they will fit nearly any horse, and because of this, they hold their resale value well - so that if in a few months you decide you hate english, you can sell it for near what you paid for it new.

check them out - they have various styles and sizes and they make it easy to change the gullets and measure your horse to ensure you have a good fit.

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There are a few different classifications for English saddles, here are the basics:

- All Purpose: have a semi-forward flap, relatively deep seat, rounded cantle, and put you in a neutral position. You can do mostly all basic English disciplines on this saddle, it's good for basic jumping and dressage.

- Close Contact: has a forward flap, usually has knee and/or calf rolls (to help secure the leg), and a forward, shallow seat. It usually has a square back cantle. Used for jumping. You can do basic flatwork in it, but it's not designed with dressage in mind.

Dressage: very straight flaps, usually has big knee blocks. Has a deep seat. Used for dressage. Not easy to jump in!

Once you decide that, I would recommend looking at LOTS of different saddles. English saddles are very precise; they either fit you or they don't. They either fit your horse or they don't.
Some will rock your pelvis out of whack and some will sit you nice and neutral; till you try them, you won't know what feels best to you.

If you would like, feel free to PM me if you have specific questions (I work in a tack shop :) )
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Question for you JustDressageIt.... Why the square cantle only on jumping saddles? I prefer the look of the square cantle to the round one... and just wondering if there is a specific funtion or if its just something jumping saddles have.


Yooperbug... if you just wanna do basic english stuff.. a little dressage here a little jumping there - I would get an all purpose. I have learned in a jumping saddle, but have been riding in wintec all purposes and .. another type of all purpose... and I like them quite a lot. The only thing though is personally I have a harder time posting in a wintec... but that may be because I learned in a different type of saddle.

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Question for you JustDressageIt.... Why the square cantle only on jumping saddles? I prefer the look of the square cantle to the round one... and just wondering if there is a specific funtion or if its just something jumping saddles have.


Yooperbug... if you just wanna do basic english stuff.. a little dressage here a little jumping there - I would get an all purpose. I have learned in a jumping saddle, but have been riding in wintec all purposes and .. another type of all purpose... and I like them quite a lot. The only thing though is personally I have a harder time posting in a wintec... but that may be because I learned in a different type of saddle.
Ya know, I honestly haven't a clue why most Close Contact saddles have a square cantle.
Most Eventers have a rounded cantle, and they seem more "secure" with a deeper seat. Perhaps the squared cantle on the Jumpers (CCs) are just to add to the already close contact seat? The feel of there being very little between you and your horse?
Just a thought! I'd love to hear the real reason why!
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I have a Marcel Toulouse Celine saddle for saddle. It's 17.5 medium tree in Newmarket leather. It's a really comfortable saddle and fits different horses very well. I'm asking $450 and have pictures if you'd like.
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