A saddle is a big investment and an important piece of tack. It's vital to purchase a well-fitting saddle. Epplejeck is the tack shop to find the perfect saddle for you and your horse. At Epplejeck you can choose from dressage
and general purpose
saddles from brands like Passier and Wintec. Even trendy Shetland
saddles to ride your ride your Shetland pony in style.
Which saddle should I choose?
Which saddle suits you best depends on your horse, your discipline and your goal. There are different types of saddles to choose from. Are you entering dressage events on a regular basis? A dressage saddle is your best bet. However, if you focus on jumping, it would be wiser to use a jumping saddle. If you practice a bit of both, the all-purpose saddle is a good choice. A dressage saddle accommodates a longer leg position with its long, straight-cut flaps. Dressage saddles have a deeper seat and the cantle is high and round so the rider can sit comfortably and leg aids reach the horse in the best way possible. A jumping saddle has a forward-cut flap allowing your legs to bend more and has a seat that is less deep to easier rise up during the jump. An all-purpose saddle is basically a mix of a dressage saddle and a jumping saddle. The flaps are slightly longer than those of a jumping saddle and a somewhat forward flap. If you want to use one saddle for both jumping and dressage an all-purpose saddle is your go-to.
A treeless saddle
is also called bareback pad. At Epplejeck we have a large collection of treeless saddles. When riding with a bareback pad, you'll be in close-contact with your horse. Basically, a bareback pad is nothing more but a thick saddle pad with a girth so it stays in place. A treeless saddle doesn't constrict your horse's movements like an English saddle would.
When using a saddle regularly it should be cleaned and treated at least once a month. If you use it exhaustively, or if you ride outdoors a lot, it is advised to clean your saddle more often. Proper maintenance and treatment of a saddle will increase its longevity. You can read all about saddle maintenance right here