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Close Contact V.S. All Purpose

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  • GracieOwnie11 Original Poster
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    Hi guys

    Im looking for an english saddle. I do flat work and i’m currently learning jumping. I want a saddle that I can keep for a good amount of time. I am looking for 1 saddle. I have heard from a lot of people that all purpose= no purpose because the leg position it gives you doesn’t work for anything but flat work. What type of saddle would work best for me?

    Thanks 😀

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    I have a Stubben Siegfried that I bought in 1968. I love it, and it fits me like a glove. If you want to do any jumping, you really do need a forward seat saddle, and I recommend that you get the best (not necessarily the most expensive) one you can find, as it will last you a lifetime. Keep in mind that the saddle must also fit your horse, as well as you or neither of you will be happy. If, at a later time, you want to do dressage, you will have to get a dressage saddle. If you know a lot about saddles (or have a friend who does), you can often find some great used ones on Ebay. Used saddles have the advantage of already being broken in, but might also be literally broken. If you go that route, make sure you would be able to return it if it doesn’t suit. Do you have a horse of your own? If not, buying a saddle of your own might not be a great idea.

    All purpose saddles are, essentially, no purpose. No one saddle can do everything.

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
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    Back in the 80’s when dressage was just starting to be an “in” thing to do, there were some very nice “all purpose” saddles made that looked like a hunt seat saddle, but were balanced more for dressage, in that the most comfortable position for the rider was with the rider’s back at a right angle to the horse’s back, not up to 15 degrees in front of the vertical, which is the usual hunt seat position. However, these saddles had enough knee roll to be comfortable & safe for some jumping. In the smaller sizes, they were excellent for riders with shorter legs or children because the flaps were short enough that the rider’s feet were below the end of the saddle flaps, which can be an issue in a standard dressage saddle, which typically assumes that all people wishing to do dressage have elegantly long legs. I still have 2 of these saddles. In the late 90’s, Classic Saddlery had a line of saddles similar to these developed and sold them across the US, and I also have one of these. These were genuine “all purpose” saddles, although if one got beyond small jumps, one would obviously want a saddle specifically designed for jumping. But for beginners and people still exploring which discipline they wanted to be their main riding style, they worked fine. And they were at least “multi-purpose”, in not “all purpose”, as most riders ended up getting a saddle designed for a specific purpose, once they determined what that would be, and if they were into something like 3-day eventing, they would have a saddle specifically for each phase. There are still some of these saddles floating around in the used market, but as has been pointed out, a saddle must fit both the horse & the rider equally well to be a good choice.

    pheets pheets
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    Actually, I find that an all -purpose saddle, a properly fitting one, does have its place. More designed for the rider not striving for a career in jumpers or eventing or dressage but one that is interested mainly in the pleasures of technical trail riding with the occasional natural fence, dabbling in dressage, and/or low level hunter pacing. Maybe not optimum, but certainly suitable as well as economical for the hobbyist.

    If one is more inclined to compete, specific saddles are more in the line of necessary depending on the level of skill one wishes to achieve.

    Regardless of type or brand, the fit of the saddle, to rider and horse, is critical.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    kmtzefakes kmtzefakes
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    If you’re working on hunter/jumper, I recommend a close contact or jumping saddle. They can be very pricey, but you can’t go wrong with an M Toulouse.

    If you're not going to the hospital, you're getting back on♥

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