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EQ Saddle Science - flapless dressage saddle

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  • EQ Saddle Science - flapless dressage saddle

    https://eqsaddlescience.com/

    Thought I'd update with Pony's saddle search. Not because people are interested in it per se, but because I'm demo-ing an EQ Saddle Science flapless dressage saddle and I thought you might like to hear about it, ask questions, whatever.

    I remember a while back someone posted and I answered about having ridden in many Reactor Panel saddles over the years and how could removing the flap make any sort of difference?

    Well...

    Short story is I was riding Pony in a dressage saddle she didn't like and we struggled with the canter, big time. Then I tried a Custom saddle which she liked much better and the canter was a lot better, but the cantle popped up and down on her back at posting trot. Then I tried a different Custom model but it rode forward onto her shoulders and she'd make faces at it when I when to tack her up, and her forward seemed to lose its momentum.

    I still had an old Reactor Panel jump saddle in my tack room so I tried that on her and she seemed to like it. I got the EQ Saddle Science (sister company to Reactor Panel) trial saddle yesterday and had a remote fitting. I only had a few minutes to ride in it because I had already had a lesson yesterday morning and also needed to get to work.

    It does feel different without the flaps, for sure. My main concern was that the billets would feel like they were in the way or would rub my leg, but I didn't even notice them. It felt like riding in a saddle under my seat (the support of a structured saddle) but bareback on my legs (the contact with the horse). Pony was forward and responsive.

    I'm going out to ride today and we have a schooling show tomorrow. I'll need to figure out how to put the thin flaps on today for tomorrow's show.

    So far things went well but I can keep you posted. Thought this might be interesting for folks.
    "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran

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    I am interested if you have an update after using the saddle for the last few months. TIA!

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      #3
      I sent it back. Generally I have been a fan of their saddles. I liked riding flapless a lot. As I've gotten older I've had some hip issues that make me more particular about the seat/twist, and I tried two models but neither worked for me. One was very close but I just couldn't get there.

      The flapless was really interesting and I liked it...it didn't feel weird at all and was a nice close contact feeling.

      They have excellent customer service and were very helpful.
      "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran

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      • #4
        I've read some of their info on Facebook, maybe someone else will chime in with a review. They do look interesting

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          Here's a video of my pony at a show with that saddle: https://youtu.be/2-klwyttlzc

          I actually preferred riding flapless than with the flaps, but the flaps went on for the show. Because they are thin they sort of squish/fold when you squeeze with your calf.
          "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran

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