I’m trying out a ReactorPanel Heraldic, which is a flapless saddle. I am very pleased with it all around – my last saddle was also an ReactorPanel but with regular GP flaps. This saddle with all the fittings weighs somewhere around 18 pounds, and offers a wonderful feel of your horse. Since my legs are ultra-short, and my horse a wide-barreled Morgan, I find this a huge improvement over flaps.
But there is one issue – my calves get soaked with horse sweat – right through my half chaps and breeches. I’ve consulted with the owner of RP (the original founder, Carmi Weininger, has spun off RP to concentrate on just dressage and jumping saddles under the name EQ Saddle Science). She opines that adding fenders (they offer them) would mean losing the feel I want, and adding a fleece stirrup-leathers cover might not actually protect my leg the way I want.
Does anyone have experience with flapless saddles? Did you have this problem? What did you do about it?