I rode in my first 25 mile Endurance ride in my dressage saddle recently. There were a lot of hills, many quite steep. I noticed the stirrup leathers under my knees by the end of the ride. They weren’t bruised but were definitely tender on the next day’s ride. This is not an issue I’ve ever had before, and it’s the first time I’ve ridden that far/long in that saddle.
I thought the newer stability leathers might be easier on my knees as they’re supposed to smooth out the transition between leathers and flaps. If you haven’t encountered these before they have a double width strap at the buckle end that runs the length of the saddle flap before tapering sharply down to the regular 1".
I got TSF stability leathers and tried them out this week. I didn’t ride anywhere near 25 miles but I can tell the wide top straps really do smooth out the feel of the leathers under my knees. I know some people use sheepskin covers on their leathers. The extra bulk didn’t appeal to me which is why I tried the stability leathers. I thought I’d share for anyone else who might be interested.