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PDS® Carl Hester Grande Monoflap Dressage Saddle

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PDS® Carl Hester Grande Monoflap Dressage Saddle

Designed for the ultimate close contact, the PDS® Carl Hester Grande Monoflap Dressage Saddle is ideal for horses with low to medium withers. It’s crafted of premium leather on a carbon fiber polymer tree with the X-Change® System and AMS® panels. Made without front panel gussets and point straps, this monoflap saddle encourages freedom of motion in the horse.

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How to Clean
How to Size a Dressage Saddle to a Rider
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The PDS® Carl Hester Grande Monoflap Dressage Saddle offers the ultimate in close contact, whether it is rider preference or necessity on a wider horse.  Designed to support a perfect union between horse and rider, this deep-seated dressage saddle is ideal for horses with low to medium withers. It’s crafted of premium quality double-stitched calf leather. Anatomically designed knee blocks help support the rider and encourage the lengthening of the thigh. The unbreakable carbon fiber polymer tree, equipped with the X-Change® System, enables the horse to move freely and the rider to sit comfortably. On this saddle, the AMS® panel does not have a front gusset to create a closer horse-to-rider fit. The reduced bulk of this monoflap design encourages freedom of motion through the horse’s back and shoulders. Add to that, the design eliminates point straps in the girthing system to further allow freedom of movement through the horse’s shoulders.

AMS panels distribute load evenly and reduce pressure on a horse’s back. They’re shaped to avoid restriction of the horse’s shoulders and provide a wide weight bearing surface. High-quality synthetic wool flocking, which can be altered as needed, rests inside a special, breathable layer of neoprene that protects against lumps and hot spots.

The carbon fiber polymer tree is very lightweight, flexible and incredibly strong. Anatomically designed for your horse’s comfort and performance, it allows for incredible contact between horse and rider. The X-Change System takes the worry out of saddle fitting as your horse changes shape from season to season and even throughout the season. The range of gullet plates provided in the X-Change System let you make adjustments to the saddle width conveniently and easily. A medium wide gullet is included with the saddle; other sizes of gullet plates are available separately.


How to Clean Your Leather Saddle
Care for your saddle properly to ensure it can provide years of service.

After every ride, wipe perspiration and footing dust from your saddle with a barely moistened rag. Pay particular attention to removing grime from the billet straps. These critically important straps are the most likely area of your saddle to wear first as they are exposed to horse sweat and are always placed under great pressure during use. They may require more frequent conditioning than other parts of your saddle.

Once weekly, clean and condition all leather surfaces of your saddle using either the traditional glycerin soap method or a specially formulated leather cleanser. The economical glycerin soap method of cleaning involves wiping your saddle with a moistened sponge to remove dust and dirt. Rub hard to remove grime. When the leather feels smooth and clean, rub a nearly dry sponge or rag against the glycerin soap bar. Apply a thin layer of glycerin soap (no suds during this step) to your leather to seal its pores and keep it soft, but not sticky.

Newer methods of cleaning your saddle involve convenient and easy-to-use tack cleaning and conditioning products; follow the manufacturers' label instructions on any product you choose. Almost every tack manufacturer has a recommendation or product preference for cleaning and conditioning its saddles, and some manufacturers produce their own. Additionally, some suede, buffalo or patent leather may require special care according to the saddle maker. Always follow saddle manufacturer's guidelines when considering commercial leather cleaners and conditioners.

One-step leather cleaners also condition your leather as you wipe away grime. Two-step cleaners usually advise following cleansing with a conditioner that will soften and protect the leather.
Guidelines for Sizing a Dressage Saddle to a Rider
For dressage, you need to sit deeply in a neutral, balanced position on your horse. A saddle that fits you and your horse well will make achieving a good position easy. Long flaps on dressage saddles encourage a long stirrup length to maximize your ability to keep a relaxed leg in full contact with your horse. Thigh blocks designed to support your legs- long, short, large, small, external or under the flap -and the depth of the seat, are matters of personal preference.

The "twist" of a saddle is also a personal choice, though it is an aspect of saddle tree design intended to accommodate the horse's shape more than the rider's. The twist is located behind the pommel at the front of the saddle's seat. The front of any saddle tree has a steep angle to accommodate a horse's withers, while the back of the tree has a flatter angle to accommodate a horse's back. The twist occurs where the bars of the tree "twist" to form the transition between the front and back of the tree. The width of the strip of leather over the twist does not necessarily indicate the width of the twist.

If you sit in a saddle and feel like you're sitting on a wide board, then the twist is too wide for your build. This could force you into a chair seat position, which puts you behind the horse's movement. A twist appropriately sized for you will allow your legs to hang down softly. If a twist is too narrow for you, your thighs won't feel supported. A professional saddle consultant can be sure that your ideal twist is appropriate for your horse's build.

Consider these guidelines as you look for your perfect fit in a dressage saddle.

  • Hip to knee length determines where your knee and leg fit in accordance to the angle and point of the flap. Look to fit this part of your leg first. The rotation and size of the saddle flap should complement the angle of your leg. Your knee should hit at the top point of the flap with at least two fingers to spare.
  • Saddle seat size affects your comfort, ability to move and effectiveness in seat aids. Ignore the seat size measurement of the saddle and work with what actually fits your body. Every manufacturer's saddle seat sizing will feel different. Most saddles require that you fit between three to four fingers (a hand's width) behind your bottom and the tip of the cantle. If you feel confined in a deep-seated saddle, then try the next seat size up.
  • Flap length is less important than the way the flap shape complements the angle of your leg. As a general guideline, the flap will fall only about a third of the way down your calf. The goal in determining flap length is to avoid having the edge of the saddle flap catch on the top of your tall boot or half chap.
  • Riding style, your own personal preference, for any one factor of the saddle and your position as determined by your unique physical build is always important. If you feel confined or restricted in a saddle, or conversely, do not feel supported, try another saddle.