The gullet of a saddle is the channel that runs down the center of the underside of a saddle, in between the panels. The gullet bridges the horse’s spine so it is an important part of the saddle design. If the gullet is narrow, it can pinch the muscles on either side of the spine which […]
In the early spring/late winter before Freedom injured his check ligament, I bought what appeared to be an awesome saddle. I had never seen one before (and I love looking at saddles) and with it’s extra forward flaps, monoflap design and open seat, it was calling my name. Of course, readers of this blog know […]
I’m probably the wrong person to ask because at last count I have 8 saddles and one horse. However, I’ve always thought of saddles as an investment. A good saddle holds its value and if you buy used, you may well be able to resell it at a profit when you no longer need/want it. […]
September 21, 2011.Reading time less than 1 minute.
Check out this very cool animation of saddle designs from Hermes. Start by going to http://lesailes.hermes.com/us/en/ and click on the saddle icon. You then choose the “surprises” tab. Some of the saddles are very cool and the music is great.
One of the consequences of the tight economy has been an increased number of stolen saddles. Keeping track of the serial numbers on your saddle can help, but there’s another inexpensive way you can “brand” your saddle as your own: insert a microchip into the flocking. That way you can definitively confirm that the saddle […]
Equestrian inspired accessories seem to be fashionable even among those who have probably only thought about riding a horse. Given the cost of many designer purses, I’d rather use the money for a real saddle. In fact, I find it amusing that people are willing to pay so much for “pretend” miniature saddles, even though […]
A lot of people knock the All Purpose saddle, calling it a “no purpose” saddle that makes too many trade offs to be suitable for either dressage or jumping. In some cases, that’s true. But you shouldn’t cross the A/P saddle off your list. Depending on your goals and the design of the saddle, it […]
February 25, 2010.Reading time less than 1 minute.
I enjoyed this recent post on the Equinest, Saddles from around the World. The basic concept of the saddle has been with us for centuries but the variations on the theme are remarkable. Make sure you click through to see some of the more beautiful (but less comfortable) versions. Some of them make me wince!