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Does anyone ride in a Fairfax Gareth or Monoflap? Need size advice

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  • Does anyone ride in a Fairfax Gareth or Monoflap? Need size advice

    I know this is so subjective but I really want a Fairfax monoflap dressage saddle and I have found some great prices online. I just can't decide if I can get away with a 17" seat after riding in a Black Country Eloquence for years that is a 17.5".

    I know the Fairfax is a deeper seat and my coach's saddle (not a fairfax but similar style) is a 17" and it fits me fine. I'm 5.8" so I typically feel like a need a larger seat to accommodate the length of my thigh but I rode in a 17.5: thorowgood T8 which I am pretty sure uses the same tree, and it feels a little big.

    So.... sorry for the ramble but does the how does the Fairfax seat size compare to other saddles in general?

  • #2
    Unless you can trialing it, I would not risk it. In addition to the seat being deeper, the Gareth has a lot bigger blocks than the other saddles. I sell all of the above saddles.
    Jacobson's Saddlery, LLC
    Society of Master Saddlers Qualified Fitter


    • #3
      I ride in a Fairfax cob (I don't think they are made anymore, but it's their original dual flap model that takes the shorter S bars, similar to the Thorowgood cob saddles) Mine is a 17.5" inch and I am 5'7", 157 lbs and I don't think I would fit in a 17".

      I've typically always been a 17.5" so I would say it is pretty true to size.


      • #4
        I trialed a Fairfax Gareth recently and returned it because it rode big and the 17, which is normally ok, really did feel too large for me.

        If you can trial it, it's definitely worth trying!


        • #5
          What is the twist like on the Fairfax? I like a medium wide one and am currently trying out a Kent and Masters but the twist is just too narrow. I believe the same saddlery makes both saddles and my horse like the K&M.


          • #6
            I have a Fairfax Gareth. I've had it for a little over a year now. I tried a Kent and Masters but the twist was quite narrow I think. It felt like sitting on the top part of the letter A. I'm assuming the Gareth has a wider twist. Either way, it felt better to me.

            I have a 17.5 and I typically ride in a 17.5 in everything else. It fits me fine. I could possibly get away with a 17, but ultimately the 17.5 is best. I am 5'4 and I did get the short flap as I felt like the flap ran rather long, but I do have a relatively long femur. I find the blocks to be in the right place and so far it's been a comfortable saddle. I've seen some for sale (UK) in nice condition for good prices.

            My horse seems to like the saddle and the gullet plate is easy to change. He can go between a wide and medium wide if he has to be out of work for some reason, and the saddle fitter taught be how to access and change the gullet plate. I still have it checked about every 6 months or so, but the wool has stayed quite nice.

            I really don't find that it runs all that large in the seat.