Flap and Skirt leather Options
The flap length can be customized on all saddles (made shorter or longer for each rider's personal needs). The flaps on jumping saddles can be made with a 'more forward' option for longer legged riders. Both options at no additional cost.
Seat and Knee Pad leather Options
Panel material options:
|Serge underside of a monoflap saddle (the flaps are covered with wool as well)
On other models (NOT monoflap) the serge wool is just under the panels
Why not try a serge panel instead of leather? Serge panels are the traditional way of paneling saddles if you take a look at the old side saddles they will have serge with a linen lining.
Serge is natural and made of wool, wool is the best material to absorb moisture and then disperse this naturally over a period of time. Not only will it make your saddle lighter in weight, but as with any wool flocked saddle in the initial miles of riding the panel forms the shape of the horse's back and settles down, the process is the same whether leather or serge, although serge being a little softer the process can be faster.
It helps to eliminate slipping and as it is extremely soft and kind to their backs it can also be suitable for cold backed horses.
|Dark brown Vinici dressage saddle with serge panels||Equinox with serge panels|
As seen on these photos the wool underside can barely be seen once the saddle is on the horse’s back
(for those who are concerned with ‘looks’).
Serge is very popular in hot conditions as the rate of heat absorption is faster than leather, keeping the back cooler as featured on the Equinox Endurance.
The material requires no conditioning or treatment and is best cleaned with a soft suede brush and a damp cloth. As with leather allow to dry naturally if it does get wet.
Available at no extra charge on any model.
|Upswept panels are a good option for short backed horses where there is limited space to put a saddle.||
Wither gussets –
A good saddle fit starts with the correct shape and width of the tree. I have all Black Country’s bare trees which I can put on your horse’s back to determine the best shape and size. Should a horse be in between sizes of a certain tree size the wither plate can be customized to your horse (no additional cost).
The different trees include designs/shapes for:
- Baroque type horses (broad and short backed) e.g. Lipizans and Andalusians
Ponies and wide horses who have fairly flat withers and are broader-backed often need a hoop/freedom tree:
Comparison: hoop tree bottom / standard tree top
The Haflinger in this photo would need a saddle with a hoop tree for his broad shoulders
A regular wide tree would still pinch his shoulders
*additional cost on some models