A little background information: I’m an English pleasure rider. For most of my riding life I’ve ridden in close contact saddles and feel most secure in that type of saddle. I still like to jump over the occasional speed bump but I’m more interested in dressage than jumping now. Mostly I just ride around doing basic w/t/c, pole patterns, and some trails when the weather is nice.
I have two saddles right now, a close contact and a dressage saddle. I had a saddle fitter out to evaluate the fit of these saddles since my pony has been a bit back sore recently. The close contact is too narrow but the dressage is an acceptable fit for the two of us. Since I don’t feel like my dressage saddle can be my one and only saddle, I’m now on the hunt for a replacement for my close contact saddle.
I received a list of the following saddles that could potentially fit my pony and my budget and would like some opinions on them from anyone who is familiar with them. I’d also like to know how people feel about synthetic saddles and all purpose for someone like me. If I found an all purpose saddle I really liked I’d sell my dressage saddle too. Thoughts?