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Can knee rolls be added to saddles?

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  • Can knee rolls be added to saddles?

    Can knee rolls be added to saddles?

    I acquired a saddle, its a monoflap, and it appears that someone has removed the knee rolls.
    You can see were the stitching has been undone and on the edge of the flap you can see where they have been cut off.
    You can't tell from the pictures of the ad that this has happened. It is returnable. but... minus the knee rolls, it was a really good deal.

    Now, I liked the saddle a lot when I rode in it today. It was a tad wide for my horse, but I think once he develops more top line it will be ok...

    Is it possible to have knee rolls added? If so, how much do you think?

    If you could get your hands on some knee roles (because I know we have them all laying around.. haha)
    Could you get some shoe glue from a guy who fixes shoes and just glue them on?
    "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"

  • #2
    I would think so. But I wouldn't glue them on, I'd atleast have them sewn on.
    If you were able to ride in something else, I'd send it away to Beval. I've heard nothing but good things about them.



    says 400 bucks. That's a lot more that what I expected, so maybe look for a good cobbler in your area?


    • #3
      Sue Schurer has done two sets for me.

      She even did the UNTHINKABLE and put a set on an Ancient Passier, and the only ones who KNOW are me and my horse. It was a tricky job, with the moulded flaps, but came out beautifully and perfectly where I needed them and as big as I wanted etc.

      NOWHERE NEAR $400. Maybe $120, though it was 3 or maybe even 4 years ago now.

      She works long distance too.

      Google Schurer Saddlery.
      InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

      Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


      • Original Poster

        Thank you!
        I will look both of those up.

        I found a website for a guy in New Jersey (I'm in Ohio) who has experience working with this type of saddle, so I sent him an email.

        There are some cobbler's in the area, one won't even touch riding boots, and the other only does small repairs on saddles.
        "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"


        • #5
          Sorry, but I have to ask....why do you want knee rolls ? Unless you're jumping gigantic jumps, the flatter the saddle, the closer the contact, the tighter the leg. The flat close contacts went "out of style" so to speak, however, you will notice the trend of the knee roll is waning as more riders realize the benefits to flat saddles. Beval is the best in my opinion. I haven't heard of Ms. Shurer although I'm confident she has a good reputaion.


          • Original Poster

            The saddle in question is a dressage saddle and I wondered the same thing when I saw that it didn't have them. I have always had smaller knee rolls on any saddle I've ever had. So I was thinking maybe no knee rolls isn't that big of a deal.
            But, after riding in it, I could see why they are needed on a dressage saddle.
            I really really liked the saddle other than the missing knee rolls.
            If I hadn't liked it so much, I would just return it.
            "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"


            • #7
              We had knee rolls added to my DH's saddle and they have worked out wonderfully.

              ETA: It was a $75 21" no-name 'dressage' saddle. It was the only saddle we found that even remotely fit him. He wanted to some knees and calf blocks for his security and to do little jumps. I think it cost about $400 for the work. The fellow who did the work did an awesome job.