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post #1 of 3 Old 08-12-2013, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage Saddles and knee blocks?

So I need the advice of all the lovely people out there!

I recently fractured my knee and had to have surgery to repair it. The surgeon does not ride but said it's a good 50/50 chance I'll be able to ride in a year. But he won't know until I try if I can continue to ride. I ride western and english and want to continue dressage. My problem is when I asked the doc about riding english he said that would most likely be a no. I ride in an all purpose saddle because I hadn't had the opportunity to spring for a dressage saddle but the doctor said that because riding english would put the most stress on my knee (in terms of posting, cueing, etc.) that it would dislocate my knee and rip it up again with or without a knee brace.

So then I got to thinking (dangerous I know). Dressage saddles have knee blocks (better than my current saddle at any rate). The few dressage saddles I rode in had good knee blocks that kept my knee pretty imobilized (before it was hurt) and was fantastic! My thinking is is that combined with the knee block and a good quality knee brace I would be able to ride dressage. Especially if I could find a thick knee block and even better if I could find an adjustable one.

Please forgive any lacking terminology because I'm an idiot in those respects! :)

Does anyone have any good suggestions for dressage saddles? Keeping in mind the knee block and adjustability? Hey even an adjustable tree would be good (how do those work by the way?).

And anyone know any good company/brand/person that wants to sell one please send me their way!

Thank you for your time!!!
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-12-2013, 05:25 PM
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This may be a problem that's unique to me, but I've found that whenever I ride in a western saddle I get rubs/bruises on my knees. I rarely ride in a western saddle (I could count the number of times in the past 5 years on my hands), and strangely feel less stable in one compared to any English saddle. Thus I think that I end up gripping with my knees, thus resulting in the problem. If you're not used to a western saddle then you may wind up with the same issue.

If stability is what you need, then a dressage saddle with thigh blocks may be the best thing for you. The trend right now seems to be for massive external thigh blocks (not a style I'm fond of, but it's what's in) so you should be able to easily find something that works for you. I ride in a Wintec Isabell, and it has an adjustable gullet and adjustable/removable thigh blocks. If you purchase the saddle new then it comes with two sets of blocks- one big and one small. They attach with velcro under the flap, so you have a good deal of flexibility with where they are located. The big ones may not be big enough for you or provide enough structure though, so someone else may be able to recommend some big, bulky external ones that would be more suitable!
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-12-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I ride in western more frequently because I'm still in the process of working our other horse in dressage (or was lol). I'm thinking western should be fine because there will be minimal pressure on my knee, english however is another story. lol I'll have to check her brand out! :)
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