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Posted 8/16/2014 8:11:38 AM


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So, I've been looking at different second-hand English saddles, and I want to get an all-purpose. Aren't those better for everything english? But yet I've heard that close-contact is better. So what are your opinions? Thanks in advance! :)

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If you want to do dressage, get a dressage saddle. If you think you might like to jump eventually, get a close contact saddle. An all purpose saddle is basically a dressage saddle and a close contact saddle combined, which in theory sounds good, but most of them kind of suck. Unless you just want to do dressage, get a close contact saddle.

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Posted 8/16/2014 1:26:26 PM


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Okay!! I'll probably get close-contact then :)

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my thorowgood all purpose saddle is the best saddle ive ever ridden in. Its synthetic,but i think its easier to jump in then a close contact,and its comfortable for trail rides...theres also a easy change gullet sytem,but get stirrup leathers. the ones i have are crap(they came with the saddle,but i didnt get it new,just buy your own if they come with the saddle xD)


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close contact. I prefer them better than all purpose but, that's just me. I don't do any sort of sport with Shadow and I ride in a close contact. They seem better with training and such.

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Close contact; they're almost always better balanced and better made than an AP priced the same

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So I will be a first-time english rider, and I want a good and long lasting english saddle that i can use for trail riding, dressage, and possibly jumping. I just want a really good saddle for the best price :)

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So I will be a first-time english rider, and I want a good and long lasting english saddle that i can use for trail riding, dressage, and possibly jumping. I just want a really good saddle for the best price :)


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Awesome saddles. Sythentic,but for trail riding,it'll be more comfortable. and i suggest the all purpose.


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Posted 8/17/2014 3:50:19 PM


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AP's are icky and CC's are the best.

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Thanks guys!!!!

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love the fray (8/16/2014)
my thorowgood all purpose saddle is the best saddle ive ever ridden in. Its synthetic,but i think its easier to jump in then a close contact,and its comfortable for trail rides...theres also a easy change gullet sytem,but get stirrup leathers. the ones i have are crap(they came with the saddle,but i didnt get it new,just buy your own if they come with the saddle xD)
which thorowgood do you have?

and to get back on to the OP, people in usa unfairly hate on ap saddles, imo. I personally don't like them but thats more because I'm short and therefor have short legs adn they tend to be rather long in the flap. Like I'm not saying go jump courses in an ap, but if you're just bumming around you aren't going to kill yourself using one lol. Buy what fits YOUR HORSE, if that happens to be an ap, so be it.

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Thanks!

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i perfer close contact

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