I would love to buy a Stubben from my BO and hope to some day, but at the rate I am able to save up money (which has slowed down significantly since I am all out of things to sell) and a $2400 price tag, the reality is that it will take about 2 years to get there.
I need something sooner than 2 years from now. Currently I have $500 saved up and it will take me a while to get much more than that. I've been scouring the internet for used options, but Gem needs a few very specific things in a saddle to make it work for her and those aren't popping up. I'm also not a big fan of purchasing a saddle with a fixed tree that is measured in "narrow, medium, wide" instead of actual centimeters. It is kinda like buying a pair of jeans: each brand measures differently. I know what she needs in centimeters, but good luck finding many used saddles that are 28 cm. I don't have the money available to purchase and hope it works, then resell and purchase again. There are also no good consignment shops within 2 hours of me. Womp...womp.
I do believe that I may have found my perfect solution that is basically within my budget if I stretch it just a tiny bit.
Here is my big question for you all though and I would really, really, really love input here so please speak up!!!
The entire purpose of said new to me saddle would be for flat work/beginner basic dressage and low level jumps. To me this sounds like the perfect scenario for an all purpose/general purpose saddle. Flap straight enough for a longer flat work leg yet forward enough to raise the stirrups and jump small jumps. That way I could do both in the one saddle I can afford to get.
However, BO says that AP saddles are really "no purpose saddles" being neither good for jumping nor dressage. I understand the point of view. She would prefer I have a jump saddle to skate by in flat work and do well in jumping on versus a dressage saddle where I could do well on the flat but be very hard pressed to jump in.
Since I am really not actually doing any jumping at all and just doing ground poles, I'm not sure a jump saddle is the way to go though. Wouldn't a dressage saddle be better for what I am currently doing?
If I could only figure out the style of saddle to purchase, I could much more easily hone my searches. I don't have any wiggle room in my budget, so I need to focus and get what is going to work out for us for the next several years in a back up discipline on a senior mare.
So....AP, dressage or jump???