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What level do you really need to own a dressage saddle in?

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  • What level do you really need to own a dressage saddle in?

    I feel like I really need a dressage saddle. I sit very well in my AP saddle, but I am trying to sell it and I will only have my jumping saddle. My goal is to be at Training level next year and I will be riding with LAZ for a year so, I feel that to improve as much as I can I should prbably invest in a dressage saddle.
    Anyway, When should you really be riding in a dressage saddle?
    *Paige*
    ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
    R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor

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    I would defintaly be using a dressage saddle by prelim, at training level it isn't such a big deal to not have one, but I think most people do.

    Or whenever you can afford one.
    -Chelsie
    "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"

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    • #3
      <<slaps head>> I just worked out who you are

      (I make it easy on everyone (mostly me) by choosing a username that is really easy to remember me by .... although, thinking about it, "DaftElderlyEnglishLadyOnATinyPony" would have worked just as well, wouldn't it ? )

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        #4
        haha way to kate!
        And i was thinking training too! thanks!
        *Paige*
        ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
        R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor

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        • #5
          When you can afford one! Prelim and above I would imagine... Maybe recognized Training level or for a T3D... my friend did unrec and rec Training and only had a close contact, I did first level in my close contact at schooling shows and was never laughed out of the ring...

          ETA - this was 5-6 years ago, so I would imagine with the current "every kid is a star" most people at BN have 3 saddles... But just because you don't have one doesn't mean you can't put in a quality dressage test... it's about the training, not the tack (IMHO) esp. at the lower/local levels...
          'Not all those who wander are lost.'

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          • #6
            training level would be my vote for when you NEED a dressage saddle... now a days you see most at novice even with one however haha

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            • #7
              Why not wait until you start working with LAZ and let her help you find a suitable saddle after she gets to know you and your style?
              Big Idea Eventing

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              • #8
                Originally posted by eponacowgirl View Post
                Why not wait until you start working with LAZ and let her help you find a suitable saddle after she gets to know you and your style?
                This is what i was going to say (but got sidetracked whilst watching the womens figure skating). I have a wide variety we can sit you in.

                It's not the tack--it's the ability to find the independent balance that is important.

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                  #9
                  Sounds like a good plan! If I were smart, I would have thought of that! haha
                  Im so excited to come up!! Even more so now that it means I may FINALLY get a dressage saddle!
                  *Paige*
                  ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
                  R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor

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                  • #10
                    And remember it has to be the RIGHT dressage saddle for both you and your horse. I'd rather do low level dressage in my jump saddle than fight with a dressage saddle that isn't the right fit/balance for me...
                    "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ibex View Post
                      And remember it has to be the RIGHT dressage saddle for both you and your horse. I'd rather do low level dressage in my jump saddle than fight with a dressage saddle that isn't the right fit/balance for me...
                      THIS. I had an adequate hand me down dressage saddle that I rode in for several years, but it wasn't ideal. I tried saddles for a couple of years before I finally came across the one I have now, and it was well worth the wait.

                      Even with a dressage saddle, I don't ride every horse in every dressage test in one. Sometimes a young green, silly horse just does better in a dressage saddle. Sometimes I've got multiple horses piled up, and someone's got to go in a jumping saddle. I think prelim is a good time to have a dressage saddle, when you are sitting the trot and doing more lateral work, but still don't think it is 100% necessary.
                      Amanda

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                      • #12
                        I find that a dressage saddle improves my position even at the lower levels, though I still tend to ride the greenies in my jumping saddle, I find myself switching over earlier. I just got a new dressage saddle that I really like after selling 3 that I was less enthusiastic about that I had accumulated over the years
                        OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                        • #13
                          At whatever level it begins to impede your ability to do the movements well. No one is going to laugh at you if you're kickin' butt As a general answer, I'd imagine it might become significantly harder to ride in a jump-oriented saddle around prelim level tests.

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                          • #14
                            I think the answer to this question all depends on how well you ride and how well your horse goes in what you currently use. IOW, LAZ hit the nail on the head - can you ride with an independent hand and seat and stay with your horse?

                            Personally, I am a saddle "ho" but it's also out of necessity. My freakishly long femur, combined with a horse with shark fin withers and tons of suspension resulted in me getting two semi-custom saddles. In particular, my dressage saddle is such a perfect fit that everything in my body just lines up that I can get out of my own way and ride.

                            This isn't to say that I can't accomplish great flat work in my jumping saddle, but it's a jumping saddle with a really forward flap designed to put me in a slightly different position - so why have to fight it?

                            Of course, I'm in a much different place in my life so this was something I was able to do (thank you, Capital One card with the ridiculous limit!).

                            It sounds like you'll soon enough have access to a great trainer and a variety of saddles to try. You'll get there!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post
                              THIS. I had an adequate hand me down dressage saddle that I rode in for several years, but it wasn't ideal. I tried saddles for a couple of years before I finally came across the one I have now, and it was well worth the wait.

                              Even with a dressage saddle, I don't ride every horse in every dressage test in one. Sometimes a young green, silly horse just does better in a dressage saddle. Sometimes I've got multiple horses piled up, and someone's got to go in a jumping saddle. I think prelim is a good time to have a dressage saddle, when you are sitting the trot and doing more lateral work, but still don't think it is 100% necessary.

                              Totally agree with all of the above.

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                              • #16
                                Asap! as soon as you can afford one!

                                Asap/ as soon as you can afford one!





                                Originally posted by Rescue_Rider9 View Post
                                I feel like I really need a dressage saddle. I sit very well in my AP saddle, but I am trying to sell it and I will only have my jumping saddle. My goal is to be at Training level next year and I will be riding with LAZ for a year so, I feel that to improve as much as I can I should prbably invest in a dressage saddle.
                                Anyway, When should you really be riding in a dressage saddle?
                                breeder of Mercury!

                                remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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                                • #17
                                  I didn't get my first dressage saddle until I went prelim. I did all three phases in an AP until then. This was ... umpteen years ago and it seems like most all of us did it that way. Good luck!

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                                  • #18
                                    I know someone who rode through the four star level very successfully in 1 saddle, and back in the day that wasn't all that unusual. A saddle for every phase is a relatively new phenomenon, so I wouldn't get caught up in it if you are comfortable and well balanced in your jumping saddle.

                                    Of course, there is nothing wrong with a pretty new dressage saddle if you just can't restrain yourself

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                                    • #19
                                      Is the opinion that a real dressage saddle would not help the lower level rider or that it is just not necessary?

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by LOVE THIS SPORT View Post
                                        Is the opinion that a real dressage saddle would not help the lower level rider or that it is just not necessary?
                                        Oh, it can help -- when a dressage saddle fits well [you _and_ the horse] it just lets your leg drape exactly where it belongs and you can relax and *ride* instead of fighting for your position.

                                        I <3 my Albion.
                                        --
                                        Wendy
                                        ... and Patrick

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