I have a young horse that has no hope of fitting into the saddles I have (Albion Comfort, Devoucoux Chiberta, & Amerigo Pinerolo), but does fit my pony saddle (Beval Butet) that, unfortunately, doesn't fit me very well nor is appropriate for eventing. The independent saddle fitter is having a hard time locating a good used saddle, let alone two, that would fit him.
I saw these saddles mentioned in another thread & I'm intrigued. The reviews on the site are all positive, but that only goes so far. The price is decent enough that I could afford to buy both a XC & a dressage saddle at once.
Has anyone seen these or worked with the saddlery?
I got a number of PMs from folks in the UK about them and nothing but thumbs up, if that helps. Hopefully within just a few weeks I can give you a personal reply based on the one I have ordered.
How young is the young horse? If at all possible you might want to try desperately to make do until he's done growing. My mare wore wide trees until she was 5, then medium, then turned into a narrow at age TEN! Mediums still fit her OK, but it was astounding--she is a MOOSE and wears little narrow trees that neither of my small geldings could even hope to wear.
I love them They're fairly popular over here, and though I don't own one I have ridden in quite a few. As soon as my youngster fills out I am planning on getting both dressage and monoflap xc (they do packages if you buy 2 saddles too!)
I have one (monoflap jumping saddle) that I got in...2007? and still love it. It probably helped that I had a good idea of what I did and didn't want, and I communicated all that to Matty.
Recently Patty Merli was able to tweak it to fit my younger mare (had it made for my older one, who has changed drastically as she's aged). It's very secure, without being restrictive. I can drop my stirrups and do flatwork, or hike them up and go for a gallop (or a 4-hour foxhunt) and be very comfortable and balanced. I have ridden in other XC saddles and really couldn't do flatwork in them--those would have been great for actually doing XC, but not so much for the combination of flatwork/hacking/jumping/fitness work that I do on a daily basis. I do prefer to ride in my jump saddle a majority of the time, rather than a dressage saddle. YMMV. I grew up riding in a pancake Courbette close contact, and my other jump saddles are an ancient Barnsby and a Prestige Michel R. I'd say the Heritage gives me a longer seat and balance point than the Prestige (so I can get in the "back seat" when needed) but allows for a similar balance in 2 point/galloping.
The main negative I see is resale value (just due to lack of name recognition). For me, that consideration was outweighed by initial purchase price, but you're likely to take a big hit if/when you need to resell. If you tend to gravitate toward the same type of horse, I think they will allow for pretty good flocking adjustments, which would make it a safer bet. I had Matty make mine a bit extra wide to allow me to use a fleece half pad, and that extra width has come in handy to pad/shim for changing horses.