What is the difference between close contact and all-purpose saddles?

Close contact seats generally have a more shallow seat than a dressage saddle or an all-purpose saddle in order for the rider to easily stand up for the correct half seat position over the fence. One will see these in the jumper ring, hunter/jumper ring and in eventing.

What is a close contact saddle for?

Close contact saddles are used for hunt seat events such as hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle, fox hunting, and both hunters and jump- ers. These saddles accommodate a bent knee, shorter stirrup leathers and a rider in a half-seat or two-point position.

What is an all purpose English saddle?

An All Purpose Saddle is the most versatile English saddle. Its design is somewhat a merging of a jumping saddle and dressage saddle. Many Eventing and English leisure riders choose an All Purpose Saddle since they seamlessly go from the trail, to the cross country course and into the flat ring with ease.

What saddles are best for jumping?

  • The Bates Advanta. This saddle is used for the eventers.
  • Albion K2. Albion launched themselves in 2000.
  • Arena Jump Saddle.
  • Monarch Jump XS.
  • Bates Elevation.
  • Equipe Synergy.
  • GFS Transition PX (Petite adults/teens)
  • Cavaletti Mono Jump.

What is the difference in horse saddles?

The Western saddle was designed for cowboys who spent long days riding the range, driving and working cattle. Leather Western saddles are much heavier than English saddles but the weight of both saddle and rider is spread over a larger area of the horse’s back, which makes it less tiring for the horse.

How many different types of saddles are there?

Types. In the Western world there are two basic types of saddles used today for horseback riding, usually called the English saddle and the “stock” saddle. The best known stock saddle is the American western saddle, followed by the Australian stock saddle.

What is the difference between a pony saddle and a regular saddle?

Additionally, the weight of a traditional saddle would be prohibitive to a smaller pony. But youth and pony saddles features a smaller seat size and a shorter skirt, so most ponies can comfortably carry these saddles. A saddle’s overall fit is important to the rider, which is why these youth-sized saddles are created.

What does VSD stand for in saddles?

VSD stands for very slightly dressage, which originates from Germany, meaning “versatility saddle (dressage). As a versatile saddle, they sit between a GP and dressage saddle. Our wide range of GP and VSD saddles are available for fitting across Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.

How do you know if your saddle fits correctly?

With your saddle correctly positioned, put your hand underneath and slide your fingers along the panel. If it doesn’t feel equally snug from front to back, it’s “bridging”–and the places where it’s tight will becomes sore from the extra pressure.

What is the difference between a western saddle and an English saddle?

An English saddle is much smaller in size and lighter in weight, which allows the rider to get close to their horse and feel its every movement. A Western saddle is larger and heavier, which provides more comfort and stability for long hours over rough terrain.

Are all purpose saddles good?

On one hand, an AP saddle is perfect for people exploring different disciplines. On the other hand, it may not be completely ideal for a specific discipline. The AP Saddle is a “jack of all trades and a master at none.” That said, the rest of that phrase goes “but oftentimes better than a master of one.”

What English saddle size do I need?

A good rule of thumb is that an English saddle seat size will run around two inches larger than a Western saddle. So, if you ride a 15.5” Western saddle, you will likely need a 17.5” English saddle.

How do I know what kind of saddle I have?

Check on the back, the skirts or on a plate underneath the jockey. Contact the saddle’s manufacturer for information about the saddle’s age. Most manufacturers will be able to tell you the age of the saddle using the serial number. Go online and research the saddle manufacturer in conjunction with your serial number.

What is a saddle size?

Seat size simply measures the distance from the base of the horn to the top middle of the cantle. This distance is then expressed as a size in half-inch increments from 12 inches to 17 inches.

How do you measure a saddle seat?

It’s easy to measure a western saddle’s seat size. Use a retractable tape measure. Start the tape measure behind the swell and stretch it across the seat to the front of the cantle. That measurement is the seat size.

Where are collegiate saddles made?

Collegiate has a rich British and American heritage, born in America the home of equitation classes where the perfect rider position and balance is everything and developed in Walsall, England, the home of English saddle making.

How long should dressage saddle flaps be?

Most standard length flaps are 16-18” (vertical distance from the bottom of the saddle bar to the bottom of the flap) depending upon the brand and model. However, depending upon the manufacturer, flap length may be available on special order from 13” to 19”.

How are English saddles made?

How It’s Made-English Saddles – YouTube

What is a flat seat saddle?

The flat seat Hunter/Jumper saddle is designed for jumping. It provides the rider with an optimum close contact feeling, a freedom of movement, and ensures mobility of the gravity center according to his riding style.

What is a cross country saddle?

A comfortable saddle for those in search of freedom. Cross Country is a demanding discipline due to the intensity of effort required within a short space of time, continuous variations of speed and gradients. Horse and rider must master trajectory, speed and agility.

What is a forward seat saddle?

use in horse riding – In horsemanship: Forward seat. The forward seat, favoured for show jumping, hunting, and cross-country riding, is generally considered to conform with the natural action of the horse. The rider sits near the middle of the saddle, his torso a trifle forward, even at the halt.

What does a jumping saddle look like?

How to identify a jumping saddle – YouTube

How do you ride in a dressage saddle?

How to Sit in the Saddle and Move with your Horse – YouTube

Do dressage saddles have stirrups?

Your dressage saddle needs stirrups, and there are many to pick among. Choosing the right stirrups will help increase your comfort level in the saddle and improve your safety while riding. The best stirrups for you will be those that meet your needs and requirements as a dressage rider.


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