Should I use the Flexi Blocs or not??

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Should I use the Flexi Blocs or not??

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    09-21-2012, 05:21 PM
Green Broke
Should I use the Flexi Blocs or not??

Today UPS finally brought my new Wintec Dressage Saddle. Cinny and I took it for a spin (after putting in the appropriate gullet) and it's unanimous, we both really like it and work well in it.

It came with Flexi blocs. They are knee blocs that are movable and velcro to the panel. For my trial ride I just pulled them off completely as I didn't feel like spending forever trying to get them just right. And...our ride was great. The seat feels roomier than I am used to, however I am not struggling to keep position. I feel well balanced and in the mirror I appear to be doing a decent job of keeping my leg position.

For all intents and purposes, I am a green rider. My Kieffer had small knee blocks but that whole saddle just put me in the wrong position altogether. Is it better for me to learn my position/seat without the blocs, or should I put them in. If I put them on, where on my leg should I feel them, and how should they feel when I sit in the saddle?
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    09-21-2012, 07:23 PM
Personally i'd forego the blocks completely but i'm of the state of mind that less is more. My favorite saddle, the one I grew up riding in, is a collegiate close contact with no rolls/blocks/etc. and I love it. I now ride in a kieffer dressage saddle but it works for me (i'm sorry yours didn't work out as well for you!) and I love that there really isn't a block. I think if you can ride without blocks you're better off altogether. Just my $.02
    09-21-2012, 11:33 PM
Green Broke
Well, I'm pretty much a minimalist so I will probably continue to go without. I think I want to try playing with them once or so when I have time but knowing me, I will get aggravated and they will end up tossed across the arena at some point.

They may help my daughter though as she should probably go into a 15 or 16 inch saddle and this is an 18 and a roomier 18 than I had before.
    09-22-2012, 06:42 PM
I used them a training wheels. As my position became more secure, I would move the blocks more forward to make the saddle do less and me do more.
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