I'm beginning to look and try different dressage saddles for my horse. I play at eventing, have a jump saddle but ready to take the plunge again and get myself a dressage saddle. It's been years since I've had one so here's my question: in order to best use your leg, when it's draped around your horse, where on the leg should the flap end? I hate going into something as expensive as saddle shopping without some knowledge on my end (and my OTTB is a total princess and the pea, gelding or not so you can't believe how difficult saddle fitting/shopping is for him!) Would love some thoughts from all the dressage folks - thanks in advance!
~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan
it depends on your leg length and preference- I am 5'2" (almost) and ride in a "short flap" dressage saddle, very comfortable and allows me to use my leg, and get it on the horse effectively. (Custom saddelry monoflap saddle)
I'm also a shorty and require a short flap, typically I will look for something with. 15-15.5" flap so it falls a few inches below the knee, which is hard to find in my price range. Never will forget the day I tried my short flap for the first time and realized "Oh, so that's how you're supposed to feel!" :P
Short flaps can be hard to find, but there are some brands that have shorter "regular" flaps. Frank Baines and Neidersuss are two I know of (I ride in a FB Capriole.) I am also 5'2" and have short femurs but longer lower legs... I actually found that really short flaps do not work for me; a flap around 16 inches is the best.