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Mono-flap vs. Dual-flap

5 February 2011 No Comment

Mono-flap vs Dual-flapMono-flap saddles are a relatively new edition of the english saddle but are becoming popular across the Cross Country world. In a mono-flap saddle, the sweat flap is eliminated, removing some of the bulk between the rider and the horse. Riders who favor the mono-flap saddle prefer it because it makes them feel closer to their horse. With only one flap of leather between their leg and their horse, riders can feel their horses movements more acutely. There is no girth, billets, or buckles in between which creates better balance and more security. The mono-flap is lighter and, of course, easier to clean!

The negatives against the mono-flap are that some users report that the billet straps, which connect off the bottom of the flap, don't feel as strong as a dual flap saddle. Also, saddle pads may tend to slip, as you can't attach the saddle pad to the billet straps like you can on a regular saddle. mono-flaps are more expensive, with a much smaller selection than dual flaps, and some riders don't feel the benefits outweigh the price.

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