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    03-25-2012, 06:23 PM
Forward flap saddle question

While I don't jump at all high, but I have legs that shoot over the flap of most any AP saddle and am looking at a jumping saddle that has a very forward flap. Is there any drawback to that saddle design, particularly in impeded a horse's shoulders? I know there's nothing rigid in the flap area, but wanted to ask the question before blowing more $$ on yet another saddle.
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    03-25-2012, 08:51 PM
MBP, I don't think there is any drawback. I'm in same position as you, so I got one with very forward flap for my leg not to come over. That was a suggestion and choice of my saddle fitter (who's an eventer of many years and very good about saddles).
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    03-26-2012, 07:34 AM
You just need to watch that the tree points don't protrude too far forward. This was often the case years ago when they were angled forward too far (so they followed the panel/flap angle) with little thought of the horse's shoulder. Most modern saddles avoid this fault but it's worth being aware of when you're looking :)

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