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post #1 of 6 Old 06-19-2018, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Upgrading Jump Saddle

Ok - need some help/opinions on finding a more secure feeling jump saddle. Also looking to upgrade past the MT/Collegiate/HDR level.

My current saddle is a Collegiate Convertible. Medium sized front blocks. Medium deep seat. I do really like my saddle, but after a recent tumble am looking for something a bit more secure feeling (although I know I'm fooling myself- the saddle couldn't have stopped this one). I want something more geared towards XC. Medium/larger front blocks & adding rear blocks. I prefer a deeper seat but not AP/Dressage deep.

Looking for opinions on saddles people have rode in that felt a bit more secure than a traditional CC style saddle. Don't wanna feel locked in but would like some additional help/support. I only jump maybe 1-2x a month (sometimes more in the summer) max 2'6"-3ft. So doesn't have to be anything crazy. Can't go into the super high end like CWD, Butet etc (but still suggest because maybe I can find a unicorn!).
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-19-2018, 09:15 PM
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I've done some riding in a Santa Cruz saddle, recently, that I love the balance of. The seat has a decent depth, and the stirrup bars aren't set too far forward. Not sure what model it is, though. But as someone who really dislikes a lot of the jumping saddles out there for having flat seats and too forward a balance point, this one feels VERY good, and everyone who rides in it seems to love it.

Edit: it miiiiiight be this one but I'd have to double check. http://www.brubachersharness.ca/cont...-us/p6077.html
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-20-2018, 01:45 PM
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I think that's something that will be specific to how YOU feel secure in different types of saddles. My saddle might make feel a certain way where as my other friends might feel really uncomfortable. I rode in my girlfriends saddle(we swapped horses), and I hated her saddle yet to her its the most comfortable saddle she's ever ridden in.

Unless you're riding in a dressage saddle with huge blocks, I dont know that any of the CC or jumping saddles out there would ever have enough to lock you in. Some saddle have more support than others. Some are more simple in style and provide less support. I think instead of focusing on a particular style of saddle, you should focus on what will fit your horse within your new budget and try them out to see what makes you feel secure.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-20-2018, 02:48 PM
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Honestly, if the saddle fit the horse well enough and you're only complaint is you'd like to feel more secure, I'd consider looking into a saddle seat cover before shelling out for a new saddle.

I've ridden in several types but, so far my favorite (albeit a hair pricey) is the gel out by Acavello. It's super sticky (but not so much that I feel restricted) which helps sitting some of my bigger moving horses and staying seated through green horse shenanigans.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-20-2018, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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@my2geldings - I understand what feels comfortable to one person is not necessarily going to translate the same. Which is why I was asking for opinions. It just gives me a starting baseline of saddles to try. What others liked/didn't like & the whys. I've never tried a Santa Cruz nor heard of them prior to SteadyOn's suggestion- gives me another to add to the list of Antares/CWD/Butet/Albion etc list.

I also said I wasn't looking to be locked in... just looking for a saddle with a bit more support than my current saddle. Fitting my gelding at the end of the day is hands down #1 priority. It makes no sense though to try a super flat CC when it's not remotely what I'm looking for. My purchases will be primarily online too - so if I can get an idea of a saddle beforehand I have a better idea what I'm getting into. If I can get a saddle fitter out with the higher end saddles in my price range then I'll go that route as well. I'm just trying to get ideas of where to look.

@RockyMountainBaroque - that's an idea & definitely a cheaper starting point. I'm going to try switching my stirrups out to see if that changes. I went to flex joint a couple years back & not sure I still like them as much now that I'm jumping more often. I jump in fullseats - would they still "grip" as well with a seat saver?
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-20-2018, 06:54 PM
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I had a Toulouse Legano a while back that had super grippy leather and decent size knee and thigh blocks. It’ll probably be a lot of trial and error to see what works for you, as others have said. The Bates and Collegiate lines don’t have much for xc type saddles, but there are some nice HDR, Toulouse and Pessoas that are more geared to xc
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