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What makes Trekker and Flexible Saddles unique?

The registered Flex structure of the Flexible Saddles and the Multi Layer structure of the Trekker are made of leather and synthetic materials and are reinforced with metal. The pommel and the cantle are fixed and the rest between the pommel and the cantle is flexible. Therefore the saddle will adapt perfectly under the rider's weight to follow the horse's shape.The rider's weight is distributed efficiently. The shock absorption is better than in hard-treed saddles. No special pad is needed.

Trekker and Flexible saddles are easy to fit. The same saddle fits different types of backs, various widths and both straight and curved backs. The saddle adapts when the horse rounds his back, so the saddle rests evenly on the back in different situations / the saddle fits and doesn't restrict the horse's movement.

The seat is luxuriously soft. The foam-filled panels under the saddle are soft and comfortable on the horse's back. Flexible saddles are soft and firm to sit in and make weight aids clear.

 

Which width for which horse?

The Trekker: The pommel of all the Trekker models can be adjusted by the owner of the saddle by simply winding the horizontal bar in the middle of the pommel. The width is adjustable from 19.5 cm to 41cm.

The Flexible: The Flexible Inspiration and the Flexible Bascule have a fixed pommel, but the widths are not as fixed in Flexible Saddles as they are in hard-treed saddles. You only need to look at the basic shape of the horse to choose the correct width.

Horses with very high withers who are also narrow and perhaps poorly muscled may need 30. This size is seldom needed.

Most horses with some withers need 32.

Horses who are broad and / or with no withers need 34 (for example most Arabs, PRE's, Lusitanos, Friesians, many Warmbloods, Fjords, Cobs, many native ponies, coldblooded horses etc.).

Why does the same width suit horses that are quite different, for example a 32 may fit a big Warmblood and also a small pony although these horses are quite different if you compare their actual width? This is because of the flexible structure of the saddle. When you put the saddle on a wide horse, the panels will rest evenly on the horizontal surface of his back. The rest of the saddle will adapt under the rider's weight and follow the horse's contour. When you put the same saddle on a more narrow horse, the saddle will surround the horse's sides more deeply, the panels and flaps evenly along his sloping sides, and again the saddle will adapt under the rider's weight. This is how the same saddle fits both horses.

 

How do slightly flexible, hard-treed and treeless saddles of other labels differ from the Trekker and the Flexible?

Saddles with a slightly flexing tree
Some labels that make hard-treed saddles have saddles that are called 'flex' or 'flexible'. They usually have a traditional type of hard tree that flexes a little at some points. A saddle like this is much stiffer than a Trekker or a Flexible Saddle. A saddle like this doesn't usually fit different widths or very different shapes of backs.

Saddles with a hard tree
It is a fixed fact how straight or curved a hard-treed saddle is against the horse. That is why a hard-treed saddle can truly fit (=follow the contour of the horse's back) in just one of the countless positions of the back. It's sometimes said a hard-treed saddle is always a compromise.

Treeless saddles
Many treeless saddles are thin, practically like bareback pads with a pommel and a cantle. A special pad under a treeless saddle may not always be enough to distribute the rider's weight and may not leave the spine free of pressure. The shock absorption of a treeless saddle of this type may not be very good.

 


A Flexible Saddle®

The same saddle is bent using a lot of force. The photo demonstrates how the saddle adapts and fits on both straight and curved horse backs when the rider's weight is in the saddle.



A horse holds his head fairly high and his back is swayed.



The same horse lowers his head and rounds his back. If the horse were collected or he jumped
a fence the shape of his back would change even more dramatically. A hard-treed saddle can truly fit
(= follow the contour of the horse's back) in just one of the countless positions of the back. If a
saddle doesn't follow the contour of the horse's back, the weight is not distributed evenly and
the saddle restricts the horse's movement.