Really basic saddle questions
I've never really thought about what all the modern blocks and rolls bring to the rider.
Compare something like the old Crosbys--PDN type and the new saddles with huge thigh blocks and monster knee blocks, please. What is the virtue of a huge knee block? I can certainly see how thigh blocks would help keep you from slipping back, but the knee blocks seem to be under the knee itself. What is that supposed to do?
Question was brought on by looking at the Ryder line of jumping saddles here: