Opinions on this saddle, or any monoflap?
What's everyone's opinions on monoflap saddles?
I'm particularly interested in the Jeffries Flyover Saddle, seen here:
Any opinions on that saddle or saddles in general is appreciated!
Also, what do you feel more secure in? A mono flap where you're close to a horse, or a regular saddle with blocks? I have mixed feelings...
If you're getting a monoflap, I'd recommend a County or Vega
I have a Stubben monoflap dressage saddle and I really like it. Very comfortable and fits both my horse and I well. The only thing I worry about with it is how expensive it could be if I ever need to repair/replace the billets...
As for security, mine feels just as secure as any regular dressage saddle I've ridden in.
The reason I'm considering the Jeffries saddle is because I've found one that's way cheap. I can't really afford the other ones (unless the county one you mentioned is cheap). However, I'm wondering if it's worth the trouble, and if I should just look for a saddle with big blocks.
The #1 thing I'm looking for is security. I've ridden in a monoflap that was very secure, but I've never ridden in a saddle with decent blocks, so I can't really compare. The jumping saddle I have right now doesn't fit me well, and it's hard to stay balanced in.
Have you looked at toulouse?
Event Saddle - Marcel Toulouse Marielle Monoflap Saddle
I've never seen or sat in a Jeffries but personally think it is extremely ugly!!! haha. For that much money you could find something really nice! You could probably find an amerigo, vega, county, etc for around $1000 used.
Petite, you should start trying some out. I used to get irritated by my large blocks because I moved out of an AP saddle and wasn't used to the stirrup length but now I love them! What are you riding in now?
Right now I'm riding in a Collegiate Parfaire. It has an adjustable knee block, but I pretty much have to take it completely off, because my leg is too long, and the flap isn't forward enough, so there isn't room for it. Plus, I don't feel like the saddle is that well balanced or comfortable in the first place, so I'm looking for something else.
I tried my old trainer's monoflap and loved it, but it was a $3,000 saddle. I'm hoping to find something around $600. The new ones around that range aren't very good, so I'm hoping to find something used that is decent quality.
Trying out saddles isn't much of an option- I live in the middle of no where, and most people around me do western :s So basically it's buy online, and resell if I don't like it or it doesn't fit. That's why I'm trying to get opinions first, so I don't have to go through a bazillion saddles.
You can still have trials with consignment saddles that are for sale online. If I was in your situation that is definitely what I would do. It would be terrible to buy a saddle, decide you don't like it and then be unable to sell it, you know what I mean? You are putting yourself at high risk of ending up in the same situation you are currently in. Pelham has a 7 day trial period and I'm sure there are other sites like it. There are some saddlers who will let you have a whole month with their saddles! Hope this helps! I love saddle hunting....
Pelham Saddlery Finding a Saddle
Thank you for that link! They definitely have some saddles of interest. I love the trial option as well.
I love and hate saddle hunting at the same time, haha.
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