Riders who participate in hunt seat equitation or show jumping often prefer this saddle, especially if they enjoy a more direct sensation of the horses’ flanks beneath them.
The saddle provides this enhanced contact primarily by relying on a minimalistic approach.
Typical Qualities Of Close Conatct Saddles:
- Padding is minimal throughout the saddle. If there are any knee rolls, they are the very thin “pencil” rolls.
- Stirrup bars are usually farther forward than on an all-purpose saddle, as the rider uses shorter stirrups and a more forward posture while getting in and out of the seat.
- The saddle flaps angle forward to accommodate the jumping posA low pommel and cantle reduce uncomfortable jarring during the quick positional adjustments used when jumping.
- A flat seat makes it faster and easier for the rider to perform frequent shifts to get in and out of the seat.
- Girth billets are generally of standard length.