Saddles

Pictures and Information about Saddles

 

Saddle Parts

Dressage Saddle

Dressage Saddle

The pommel is a bit higher and the deepest point of the saddle's seat more forward, all to allow for this longer leg position. The seat is usually much deeper in a dressage saddle than a jumping saddle, and allows the rider to sit comfortably and relax to best influence the horse.

GP Saddle

The General Purpose Saddle also known as the GP Saddle or All Purpose Saddle is the most commonly used and popular saddle. It evolved from the jumping saddle and the GP Saddle has knee rolls, although these are smaller than for the jumping saddle.

Jumping Saddle

Jumping Saddle

 

These saddles accommodate a bent knee, shorter stirrup leathers and a rider in a half-seat or two-point position. Sometimes called a “forward seat” saddle, the jumping saddle's flaps are rounded, shorter and more forward than a dressage saddle. The seat is flat as opposed to deep but does have a convex shape.

Treeless Saddle

Treeless Saddle

 

Saddles are traditionally made from a wooden frame known as the 'tree', and then built up with padding and then covered in leather. ... Treeless saddles are hugely popular for endurance horse riders due to the level of comfort a treeless saddle provides for the horse and rider.

Pony pad/Bareback saddle

Bareback Saddle

 

Bareback riding is a form of horseback riding without a saddle. It requires skill, balance, and coordination, as the rider does not have any equipment to compensate for errors of balance or skill.

Racing Saddle

Racing Saddle

 

In Horse and Rider Training, the racing saddle is divided into two types, race exercise saddles and race saddles.

Both of these saddle types are used exclusively for the purpose they were designed for; horse racing.

The race exercise saddle is used to exercise racehorses. They are designed so that riders can shorten their stirrups to ride fast, work and school. They tend to be larger than race saddles and have larger panels as they are worn for long periods of time by the horse. 
True Racing Saddles are only used by Jockeys during races. They are available in weights, from several grams and up to 2 stone in weight. Racing Saddles generally don’t have stirrup bars fitted and the stirrup leathers fit through a hole in the saddle tree.

Side Saddle

Side Saddle

 

Side Saddle riding is a form of equestrianism that uses a type of saddle which allows a rider (usually female) to sit aside rather than astride an equine.