View Full Version : Toulouse Marielle Monoflap
Dec. 28, 2009, 04:33 AM
Does anyone have any experience with this saddle?
I'd love to hear any opinions/insight (or see pics! ;)). I searched here, but didn't find much.
Here's (http://http://www.smartpakequine.com/ProductClass.aspx?productclassid=6922&cmPreserveSource=true&cmPreserveCategory=true) the saddle for anyone who's curious. I'm attracted by the price :lol:, but I don't know if it's any good.
Dec. 28, 2009, 02:38 PM
I have had mine for about a year now. It fits both of my horses very well. No break in time, both of my trainers have sat in it and loved it. About 3 months after I got it it was submerged in water for almost a minute. I could squeeze water out of it, but it dried just fine with out any water spots or damage. I love the grippy calf skin leather. I am now looking into buying there mono-flap dressage saddle, The Verona.
Dec. 28, 2009, 03:15 PM
Thanks for your reply!
If you don't mind, I have a few questions. How is it position-wise? (Fairly good to equitate properly in? :lol:) Does it feel very close-contact, like most monoflaps? Do you find it pretty secure, i.e. when jumping? Oh, and did the tree seem wider than average? (I've heard that about Toulouse saddles)
Oops, too many questions. :eek:
Dec. 28, 2009, 09:12 PM
Hi -- I am a long time reader but a new poster and I couldn't resist weighing in. I looked at the Marielle Monoflap this summer. I sat in and loved it but it tipped me ever so slightly forward. I ended up getting a used Jeffries Flyover and absolutely love love love it. It puts me in a great position. The only reason I bring it up is that there is a great price on Dover right now for a 17 inch narrow Jefferies. http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=KD-15456B
It may actually be cheaper than the Marielle. Best of luck hunting!
Dec. 29, 2009, 09:34 AM
Position wise it was perfect for me. You will need to ride in it yourself to see if you like it(there is a reason that a billion saddles are being made). It feel better than any close contact ever felt, in fact I sold my old jumping saddle that was a traditional make because it felt so bulky and heavy after riding in my monflap. The tree on mine seems to be about the same as my old collegiate dressage saddle.