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post #1 of 5 Old 08-17-2011, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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XC Saddle question

I was just wondering why lots of upper level riders seem to prefer dressage-type billets that stretch down - I guess mainly the mono-flap saddles?

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-18-2011, 09:06 AM
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I ride in an Antares mono-flap and I really love it. Of course, it was custom fit to the horse I ride so any other saddle would be sub par for him, but that's beside the point.

The important thing is to find a saddle that fits you and your horse. The mono-flap is less leather to clean (always a plus, imho) but also requires a certain type of girth (more $$ to shell out). And, as far as I know, you can usually only get mono-flaps as a custom, but I could be incredibly wrong about that.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-18-2011, 09:47 AM
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I have seen monoflaps that are not custom. But I much prefer the monoflap in a custom fit.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-18-2011, 09:55 AM
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The monoflaps have less leather between rider and horse. As a result, you have a much more sensitive "feel" of the horse. Because there is no inner flap to protect the horse against the buckles under the outer flap, the buckles are lowered below the flap area. No added leather there, either. It's all about getting as close to the horse as you can.

Most monoflaps have stock sizes as well as custom and semi-custom.
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It isn't about what saddle ULR's are using - it's about what saddle best suits your body type, what saddle puts you in the best possible position, and what saddle fits your horse.

I really like the Monoflap saddle, just as stated it's because you can feel your horse much more than you could in a saddle that is not a monoflap.

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