Is this possible? I currently own a Passier Comet that I think the world of. I have lately been looking at mono flaps and rode in one and fell in love with the close contact feel and the larger knee blocks.
However my Passier and I have ridden many miles together. But the idea of selling it and getting something different makes me a little sick. So I have gotten the crazy idea of what if I had the billets lengthened? Would it make that much of a difference contact wise? Would it not end up feeling like a dressage saddle?
How much would something like this run? Is there someone anyone recommends to do this?
Last edited by Sloeryder; Dec. 6, 2012 at 01:07 PM.
I have with my old saddle. I just took it to my local leather shop/shoe repair person and he cut the long billets for me and put them on. When I went to sell the saddle, I just had the short billets reattached. I love not having the extra leather underneath my leg!
Yes I should have rephrased my first post better. I too am having trouble with the girth under my leg. I am riding in much shorter stirrups now and can tell there's a girth under there. I think it will help tremendously with my leg to it.
I put long billets on my Prestige Eventer and loved it! I had to sell the saddle the next year as it did not fit my horse and ended up with a true monoflap. A monoflap provides the best close contact, but I will never have another saddle with short billets, can't stand the bulk under my leg. My local saddle fitter/leather lady did it for around $90.
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My County Conquest has long billets. I love them! (esp since it's black and I only have one girth to clean!!) I have no problems with it. Don't know the cost because it was done before I bought the saddle.
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Put long billets on my Passier Balm dressage saddle. Helped a ton with the resale as well. I bought the saddle like new for $300 and sold it after three years of use with a $60 long billet upgrade for $700.
It was the best for me as I hate riding in short billet dressage saddles. I want to make my Prestige Eventer into a long billet saddle, but I think I will wait till I have to replace the billets.
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OK I'm convinced! My next question is I am looking at Virginia Leather to have them done, I spoke to owner and he sounds like he knows what he is doing. Has anyone had any experience with them? Or can you recommend someone else?