The all purpose saddle is a solution for equestrians who want to use one saddle for riding.
1. Deep seats provide comfort and security. Riders breaking in young horses appreciate the measure of safety.
2. Saddle flaps are long and forward and the padding supports legs when jumping. The design combines the forward flaps on a jumping saddle with long straight flaps on a dressage saddle.
3. Saddle flaps sometimes include leg rolls that lock on the suede of riding breeches to prevent slippage, promote good posture, and closer contact.
A close contact saddle does exactly what the name suggests by making the closest contact to the horse.
1. Padding is minimal through the saddle if there is any knee rolls, they are super thin.
2. A low pommel and cantle prevent uncomfortable jarring during quick positional adjustments used while jumping.
3. Saddle flaps angle forward to accommodate jumping position.
The horse and rider must work together to create an impression of effortless grace.
1. A thin lightweight saddle makes contact between a horse and rider and gives rider more control.
2. A deep, well padded seat keeps a rider in a secure, comfortable, balanced posture.
3. Dressage saddles mostly include small knee rolls and calf blocks made to keep the rider balanced.
When competing in a long distance race that lasts all day or more, comfort is a priority. Endurance saddles keep both you and the horse happy.
1. Saddle is lightweight to lessen the effect of pressure on the horse's back.
2. Extended panels disappear sweat and increase the weight area.
3. Wider foot treads on stirrups reduce a rider's fatigue.
A jumping saddle is most direct of the first true English saddles. Some models even include holders for hunting horns.
1. Relatively low pommel and cantle allow for unobstructed riding.
2. Seat is comparatively flat to allow quick and mid-air positional changes when jumping.
3. Stirrup bars are more racing forward than an all purpose saddle. The stirrups are hung shorter and balance more forward.
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