deep seated saddle style is designed for Jumping and Fox Hunting, or any
type of riding in short stirrups. To accommodate the rider's short leg
position, the flaps are extended forward. Forward Seat jumping saddles
are normally fitted with concealed knee rolls or jumping blocks for support
while jumping. The flaps usually have leather covered knee inserts for
better grip and comfort.
the name implies, this deep seated saddle offers a more versatile flap
design. It is an all-purpose saddle with a tendency towards jumping. The
rider is not limited or restricted to using this style strictly as a jumping
saddle. The less forward curved flaps are slightly longer than on the Forward
Seat saddle, which allows the rider to lengthen the leg position somewhat
when not jumping. The primary purpose of this saddle is Jumping, but it
is suitable for trail riding and work on the flat. This saddle style usually
has concealed knee rolls or jumping blocks. Flaps with leather covered
padded knee inserts provide a better grip and comfort.
saddles have the deepest seat of all deep seat models. Close contact with
the horse through the seat is important to the rider. Flaps on Dressage
saddles are straight, narrow and long to allow the rider's vertical leg
position. Self-covered padded knee inserts are preferred, with short or
long billets optional. Short billets fit more snugly on the horse, and
the girth can be re-tightened while in the saddle. Long billets keep the
bulk from girth and buckles below the rider's leg.
style is best known as an ALL-PURPOSE or GENERAL PURPOSE saddle, and is
the most popular and versatile of all deep seated saddles. It combines
several styles in one saddle. The flaps are cut long enough to be used
for Dressage and work on the flat. The knee areas are curved forward enough
to allow the rider to shorten the stirrup leathers, so two to three feet
high jumps are possible. Concealed knee rolls aid the rider in this task.
The flaps have self-covered knee inserts. This style is a very good all-around
pleasure saddle, ideal for 3-day eventing, cross country, or trail riding.
close contact saddle is primarily designed for Hunter / Jumpers, mostly
for arena and stadium jumping. The flatter seat with square cantle allows
the rider to get out of the saddle with ease. The flaps are short and cut
forward to the knee area to be ridden with a short leg to attain a proper
jumping position. On show jumping saddles the flaps are either plain, or
come with soft padded knee areas.
introduction to ponies and their first time in a saddle are dramatic moments
for children. They should start with a secure saddle that fits ponies well
and cradles the young rider. Child and Pony saddles should incorporate
safety features, such as a secure and balanced seat, uncompromising fit,
recessed safety stirrup bars, chrome leather billets and soft padded knee
areas for comfort and safety. Lasting quality of full grain leather allows
the saddle to be passed from generation to generation of juniors. Your
investment in a quality saddle will maintain a great resale value.