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post #1 of 7 Old 07-03-2014, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Minimalist Dressage Saddles

I'm thinking about upgrading my Dressage saddle. I currently ride in a Laser Amulet; it's a nice saddle and fits my horse well but it's quite heavy and just too much leather for me. I need a saddle that allows me to put and keep my leg around my horse's barrel.

I was looking at the Wolfgang mono and M Toulouse mono as well.

Any advice?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-03-2014, 12:49 PM
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I got to try out a Theo Sommer Monoflap one time and LOVED it! It was a touch too small for me, so I had to pass and ended up getting a more traditional model by Theo Sommer. I recommend them to everyone! Very comfortable and I always felt I had amazing contact. I am still kicking myself for selling it.
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Thanks Karliejaye. I'm going to be visiting Oregon next month and plan on doing some tack shopping. Someone had recommended a tack shop in Washington but nothing in Oregon. Are there no good English tack shops in Oregon?
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You know, I have been out of english riding for about 7 years, so I don't know. When I was riding english I was in Eugene and there were not many good tack shops then.
If you make it to central Oregon for any reason, Absolute Horse in Bend is pretty good, and there is a used tack shop that has a lot of english tack: A Bit Less.
I think in Tigard (by Portland) there is Gallops, which is an english tack store.
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I'll be closer to the Portland area, so I'll check out Gallops. English tack is hard to find around here where everyone rides Western.
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I own a HDR Pro Lexus monoflap, and its seriously wonderful. Weighs nothing, its very close contact to the horse, and it has very deep knee rolls. The seat is a very narrow twist, I love it. However, since its a monoflap, the girth gullets attach about knee level so those saddle pad straps do not work. So right now, I've been putting saddle pad straps around the front to my strip leathers, that's my only complaint with it.

My mother has the Toulouse monoflap, she also loves that. The twist is much more broad through the seat(not sure how to describe that?), the knee rolls are more along the front edge. I have long legs and it feels like my knee caps touch the knee rolls; whereas on mine the knee rolls rest up against upper front thigh and curve around my knee.

If possible, id suggest a road trip to somewhere with a ton of dressage saddles and sit in them until you feel the perfect one. I used to live in Michigan and we had a store called Classic Saddlery, that we both went to and honestly when I sat in mine I knew it was true love. That being said, I did see your other thread about your legs not being tight enough against her side; and honestly a saddle isn't going to change that a ton. A bad saddle wont help your position, but training and lessons will make a bigger difference than a new saddle.
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Thanks Karliejaye. I'm going to be visiting Oregon next month and plan on doing some tack shopping. Someone had recommended a tack shop in Washington but nothing in Oregon. Are there no good English tack shops in Oregon?
Gallops Saddlery in Tigard and Glisan Street Saddlery in NE Portland are the best ones I know of. Neither are ones I'd consider spectacular enough to go too far out of your way to visit, but if you're nearby anyway you should drop in
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