GP/VSD Flaps

Most WOW Saddle flaps can come either a traditional butt (solid) leather or a quilted padded leather version.  The padded flap gives a superior contact and feel.  The rider’s lower leg stability is much better in the padded style due to the fact that the stirrup leather does not slide as easily on this type of flap.

The padded versions and some of the other flap designs are much more time consuming and complex to make and hence the price for these styles is more.  You will see Band A & Band B pricing indicated on each flap design below.  Check with your local supplier on the two price bands.

If you ride in environment where there is likely to be a lot of sand flicking up onto the flaps or you are not particularly good at keeping your tack clean, then we recommend the butt leather version as it will put up with more abuse!

Remember, all flaps have the ability to be put on the saddle in two positions and you can change these at any time.  They are most useful when you have a young horse and you need to use a slightly shorter stirrup.   By angling the flap forward you can get more leg bend behind the knee block.  The use of the forward stirrup bar is all so useful in this case.  As the horse becomes more balanced and in self carriage the angled back position of the flap and back stirrup bar are used.

General Purpose Fixed Block

Code – GPF

Lengths Available – Standard, +1″ & +2”

Description General Purpose Fixed Block flap has a very positive knee block for jumping. The GP flap is as forward cut as the Jumping flap. At the back edge of the flap it is as straight as the Dressage flap but is 5cm shorter. It is an excellent choice for hunters or eventers that do not wish to change flaps.

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Evelyn Beisenbach

General Purpose movable Block

Code – GPM

Lengths Available – Standard, +1″ & +2”

Description The General Purpose Moveable Block flap is truly a multi-discipline flap with the ability to position the knee block for dressage or for proper jumping. The GP flap is as forward cut as the Jumping flap but on the back edge it is as straight as the Dressage flap but 5cm shorter. It is an excellent choice for young horses or eventers that do not wish to change flaps.

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Alison House

Hunter

Code – HUNT

Lengths Available – Standard

Description Traditional looking Hunting flap with a small removable block located under the very soft padded knee roll. Available with smooth, Pig print or heavily or oiled memel finished leather. Comes standard with short traditional girth billets for under flap girth fastening but longer dressage billets are available.

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Mel Wilder

VSD Fixed Block

Code – VSDF

Lengths Available – Standard, +1″ & +2”

Description – The Very Slightly Dressage Fixed Block flap has a very positive knee block for schooling or jumping.  The VSD flap is an inch more forward cut than the dressage but is 5cm shorter. It is an excellent choice for those with short upper legs or horses that do not have shoulder sufficient for the cut of a GP

VSD Movable Block

Code – VSDM

Lengths Available – Standard, +1″ & +2”

Description The Very Slightly Dressage flap is forward enough for jumping whilst straight enough to show off the shoulder. This flap makes a great GP for those riders with short legs that do not require as much flap in front as the standard GP flap offers. Used in the most backward position without blocks it will make a very good showing/working hunter style flap

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Helen Sinclair

VSD Equitana

Our new addition to the range of VSD flaps is the Equitana with an adjustable fixed block! The Block angle can be adjusted and the position front to back can be moved as well. This means that you can achieve the perfect position of the leg every time with different riders. Inspired by a request from one of our American Retailers, Patricia Cooper. We previewed a prototype of this flap at Equitana in Essen, Germany in March 2015 and it was very well received.
The stitch pattern is different and is like our swirl pattern. The addition of a wear strip at the bottom provides a good looking contrast. The flap construction is the same as our padded flaps so we have still kept that superior contact and feel you associate with a WOW.