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post #1 of 10 Old 09-07-2015, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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English saddle

Okay first off I have never rode in an English saddle so please if this question is stupid let me know.
Could I use a regular English saddle for jumping?
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-07-2015, 07:19 PM
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There is more than one kind of english saddle. Some are designed for no other reason than for jumping.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-07-2015, 09:27 PM
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An all-purpose English saddle would do the trick!
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"regular English saddle"? what's that? I think it's a bit like saying a "regular Western saddle". which one IS the regular one? the barrel saddle? the show saddle? the roper, or the trail model?

I can jump small stuff in a Western saddle. so, just about any saddle is enough to manage in. but, but do serious jump lessons, you'd feel better in a jump style
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-08-2015, 06:52 AM
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OP, if your taking lessons from a trainer, ask them to explain to you the different type of english saddles that there are and what type of saddle you have currently. Yes, you can jump in an english saddle, but it is better to get a saddle that is made for what you wish to do.

I ride in a close contact english saddle when I work my horses or one at the barn I work at. Because I don't jump, I don't need one that puts me in the right position or seat.
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-08-2015, 07:17 AM
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For beginners the instructors around here tend to use all purpose as the students will be asked to do a variety of things including going over small jumps so it is a good one to start with. Then as the student continues they will decide on what discipline is the one for them and they buy use the saddle that is intended for that purpose. Two or more disciplines at advanced levels means multiple saddles.
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General or All-purpose English saddles are jack of all trades, master of none type saddles. They don't put you in the correct position for anything really, but they do make decent trail riding saddles.
GP/ AP saddles are too far forward for a proper flat work leg position, yet too straight for a proper 'forward' jumping position as well. If however you would just be popping over very low (no higher than 18 inches) jumps it should be okay.

Personally if you wish to jump and know you would stick with it I'd go for a close contact jumping saddle, this will give you the correct flap shape and allow your legs to sit properly and give you a good feel of the horses movement.

If you will mainly be doing flatwork or dressage then a dressage saddle is what you need, but you can't jump in them without falling forward or backward as a general rule.

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I started my English riding in a saddle that was made more for endurance and put me in a chair seat. When I started jumping it didn't work very well at all. I bought a jumping saddle and had to re-learn my position all over again. That was not fun. Talk about frustrating!!! So if you can, make sure that you don't start out with a bad position by using a saddle made for dressage or trail riding.

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There are 3 basic types of English saddles- dressage, jumping/close contact, and "all purpose." An all purpose saddle is more or less a hybrid of dressage and jumping, with some of them leaning more towards one discipline than the other. For small jumps, an all purpose saddle is generally fine, but as you move up in height and complexity, a jumping saddle becomes a requirement. You can also do some small jumps in a dressage saddle if it doesn't have large knee blocks (though many of them do!), but I find it to be pretty uncomfortable to do so.

A poorly designed saddle of any of these types will put you in a poor (chair) seat no matter what length your stirrups are and will make you feel like you're fighting to keep your balance all the time. I find this effect especially apparent when you're in two point (jumping position).
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I haven't took yet just asking questions now thanks all of you who helped me out.
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