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15:37 - 14 June, 2018
Riders have greater stability in saddles without flaps, a new study has claimed.
US researchers collected data from five dressage horses ridden in their own conventional saddles and a flapless saddle provided by EQ Saddle Science.
The conventional, treed saddles featured two flaps — a sweat flap next to the horse’s ribcage where the girth straps lay and a second flap over which the stirrup leathers hang.
The flapless saddle goes one further than a monoflap design, separating the rider’s legs from the horse with a saddlepad only.
The horses used in the study were three European warmbloods, one thoroughbred-warmblood cross, and one Lusitano, all of which were ridden by their regular professional riders to reduce variability in the data.
Each horse was ridden in the flapless saddle twice in the three days prior to the study to allow them to get used to the feel...
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