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Best Jumping Saddle

When you’re working a horse over obstacles, it goes without saying that a dedicated jumping saddle is usually your best bet. Cut differently than basic English saddles, they’re designed to better accommodate shorter stirrups and a more forward position over jumps. This is where features that enhance rider security and stability come in handy. Check out our recommendations.

Best for Beginners

AceRugs Premium Black Leather English All Purpose Jumping Horse Saddle Tack Starter Package Set

Value Added. A good starter set at a good price, this package contains a saddle, bridle, reins, girth, stirrup leathers, and stirrup irons.

What We Liked: 

A leather saddle in an affordable tack set? Yes, please! This one’s an all-purpose model cut slightly forward for jumping, with a deep padded seat, generous knee rolls, and a lower pommel—all features that will help a beginner feel secure over fences. Riding schools, take note. Buy it here.

Best for Hunter Classes

Arena Jump Saddle with HART

Old Meets New. This saddle boasts a classic look with modern fitting features.

What We Liked:

 This saddle gets our vote as the best choice for competitive hunter riders. The traditional styling and color are perfect for the hunter ring, while personalized fit and comfort are possible with features like moveable knee blocks and easy-change options. The best of both worlds! Get it here. 

Good for Wider Horses

Henri de Rivel Carmel Jumping English Saddle

Safe Seat.This saddle is a good balance between style and function at a decent price.

What We Liked: 

There’s lots to like here, including the “grippy” leather and the deep seat—for a feeling of safety over those monster oxers! The molded knee and thigh pads in conjunction with adjustable knee and thigh blocks add an extra bit of security. Though this attractive model has a wider tree suitable for the “tanks” in your barn, it’s also available in a regular tree. Find it here.

Most Cutting-Edge

Bates Victrix CAIR Jump Saddle

Sleek and Streamlined. A low-profile jumping saddle, this has all the bells and whistles for superior performance over fences.

What We Liked: 

From a company known for innovation, this serious jump saddle gets a rider closer to his horse without sacrificing comfort. We love how incredibly adjustable it is, from the customized fit and cushioning for the horse to the ability to move the uniquely shaped stirrup bar and the blocks to suit individual rider position preferences. All in all, a technologically advanced saddle we think jumper riders in particular will like. Get it here.