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post #1 of 17 Old 04-07-2010, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Plain flap saddle or knee rolls?

I am on the hunt for a new close contact english saddle (I recently was notified that my saddle no longer fits my horse, so until I get a new saddle, I will be devoting myself to bareback).

I am looking for a used Collegiate close contact saddle with NO knee rolls (plain flap). I have heard that a saddle with no knee rolls may help the position, and I have also heard that it doesn't. If I use a saddle with NO knee rolls, what will that do for my position? I know many riders who jump (pretty good, actually!) in a saddle with no knee rolls. What is the difference?
Is it just a personal preference? Which one should I buy?

Any type of advice is appreciated. :o)
Please keep in mind that I have been jumping for a couple years and have somewhat of a strong leg!

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-07-2010, 04:14 PM
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I like plain flap saddles better, however, most of them are quite old. The older models typically come in a regular tree only and can be harder to fit than newer saddles. Check out the Toulouse saddles in a wide tree. They have removable knee and thigh blocks and after riding in old style Crosbys for years, they are the only "newer" style saddles that I enjoy riding in!

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post #3 of 17 Old 04-07-2010, 07:23 PM
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I like knee and thigh blocks, BUT I'm also barreling around a XC course over fixed fences, and up and down hills, so I kinda need it. :P

It's personal preferance. I would take saddles out on test riding(Dover is REALLY great about it!) and see what you'd like better!

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post #4 of 17 Old 04-07-2010, 07:25 PM
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While I am not a Hunter, I've been told by people who are very active in the Hunter Ring, that Padded Knee's are now the "in" thing for the 2010 show ring.

I like Padded Knees and knee and thigh blocks personally.

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post #5 of 17 Old 04-07-2010, 09:19 PM
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I prefer knee blocks myself, I agree with luvmyperch that you should check out the m toulouse saddles, it is really easy to move/remove the knee blocks.

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post #6 of 17 Old 04-08-2010, 04:12 PM
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I always heard that the plain flap, no frills saddles helped your positions because you couldn't rely on anything to hold you into the saddle? I can see that.

A lot of it is personal preference. I had an old Collegiate that had no knee rolls or pads, and now I ride in a Dover Circuit that has both, lol. My next saddle will probably be more like the Collegiate cause they're cheaper (out of style atm). If you're showing, the saddles with the padded knees are a lot more popular.

PS - I think you'll be happy with the Collegiate, they're great little saddles :)

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post #7 of 17 Old 04-10-2010, 08:45 AM
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If you're showing, the saddles with the padded knees are a lot more popular.

PS - I think you'll be happy with the Collegiate, they're great little saddles :)[/QUOTE]

I agree. I have a Collegiate with knee rolls and I LOVE it
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post #8 of 17 Old 04-10-2010, 09:14 AM
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I had 2 collegiates with no knee rolls and loved them. Quite honestly I've never really noticed a difference riding with knee rolls or without them.
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-10-2010, 09:39 AM
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It's personal preference. I've evented in a plain flap saddle- honestly, when you're riding or jumping, you aren't really thinking about whether your saddle has knee rolls or not, because if you school in it enough, your position will become solid and it won't make a bit of difference.

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post #10 of 17 Old 04-10-2010, 11:58 AM
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It definitely is preference. If you can get your hands on two otherwise-similar saddles, but one with knee-rolls and one without or just one with removable knee-rolls (try asking friends or your trainer), see which one you like better. Personally, I don't like the feel of knee-rolls - somehow I feel restricted by them and I think they limit the closeness of your contact with the horse.
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