Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
Whatever it is, it's not a stock saddle. As already noted, stock saddle poleys come off the pommel (not down where your knees are). I've seen some makers at "rolls" to their saddles and they tend to be lower than stock saddle poleys, because they add them to an existing design rather than design them to come out from the pommel. I personally never trusted the design, because I know the I need to have something at my thighs if I'm working with a new horse that desides to make an honest effort to unseat me. The stock saddle is the only saddle I've never been unseated from so while it's not my saddle of choice for distance riding it's the only saddle I like to use during training.
I guess the lower rolls might work to provide more security for certain activities. Not anything I'm familiar with doing. Of course my position on saddles has long been for people to use what they feel best on as long as it fits the horse. So if you like the saddle and fits the horse then you've got what you want.
They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)