are specifically designed to allow freedom of movement of the horse's shoulder while providing the deeper seat for the rider needed in the dressage discipline. Dressage saddles have longer flaps, deeper seat and are more upright than other English saddles. The longer flaps, or skirt, allow for the necessary longer leg position and longer stirrup length. Some dressage saddles have other features that help keep the rider in position such as thigh blocks and deep cantles. Dressage saddles also have longer billet straps which allow the girth to be buckled near the point of the horse's elbow rather than behind the elbow and under the rider's leg which allows the rider to give more effective leg aids. As with any saddle, proper fit is important; most people use a dressage saddle that is 1/2" to 1" bigger than a close contact type saddle.
Equestrian Collections has many brands of dressage saddles including HDR
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