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    11-08-2010, 07:01 PM
saddle shopping

It gets very confusing saddle shopping. I am looking for a shorter flap approx 16"for my round Friesian cross which is 15H and I do not have long legs but I ran across a bargain on a Hans Biglajzer saddle with longer flaps. I am waiting on the measurement to know for sure but is flap length important? I have not ridden this horse before as she is just coming 4 and I have never ridden dressage except for a few lessons last winter
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    11-08-2010, 07:27 PM
The flap isn't going to really affect the horse, it is rider preference. I prefer a longer flap personally.

(if you are still looking, I have a like-new hdr listed in the tack classifieds)
    11-08-2010, 07:51 PM
I have 5 saddles that are in great shape pretty cheap. PM me if you want more details
    11-09-2010, 02:30 AM
It is more so about fitting you than the horse. Find a selection of saddles that you feel comfortable in, and then start checking to see which is most suited to your horse.
Flap length depends on the length of the riders leg, from hip to knee and knee to ankle. It varies for everyone.
    11-11-2010, 06:40 PM
Green Broke
I have a nice dressage saddle that is 17" seat,medium gullet...very nice brand at a great price.
    11-11-2010, 07:08 PM
As of now I am leaning towards a 17.5 Albion MW tree in black. The one I like is out on trial so not sure if it's available yet.
    11-11-2010, 07:09 PM
Green Broke
Alright :)
    11-12-2010, 05:25 PM
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
as of now I am leaning towards a 17.5 Albion MW tree in black. The one I like is out on trial so not sure if it's available yet.
The saddle was sold so if any one has this specific saddle for sale please notify me.
    11-12-2010, 07:50 PM
Did you actually sit in it to determine if it was right for your conformation? There are a few different models of Albions. Some models have a narrow twist, some a wide twist. If you need a narrow twist and get a wide one, it will be horrible. Likewise if you need a wide one and get a narrow twist it will also be horrible. Because of your seat in a dressage saddle it matters more than other styles of riding.
    11-13-2010, 02:08 AM
Regarding the flap length, if you have really short legs and have a normal or long lenght flap, it will be way down under you calf and interfer with your ability to put your lower leg. I think that the correct length is no lower than mid calf at lowest.
Albion makes a very nice saddle. I love a narrow twist. I heard once that women with kind of "chunky" upper thighs will be happier in a narrow twist and viceversa for the lanky gals. Don't know if that is a fact, but it sure suits me.

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