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SMART™ saddles are made utilising SMART™ FlexTechTM Technology; a patented, fully flexible, impact absorbing system to ensure changes in horse back shape, posture and muscle dimension can be accommodated dynamically, promoting long-term good back health without the restrictions of a rigid saddle tree.
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Constructed using a patented layering system of variable density materials, the fully flexible SMART™ saddles are resilient and maintain their form, even when rider weight is applied.
UK sourced, pre-oiled saddle flap leather is soft and malleable straight away and does not require any ‘breaking in’. A soft calfskin leather is used for the seat and knee flaps; the matte, non-slip finish ensures the rider is instantly comfortable and feels secure in the saddle.
Without the rigid tree, the dressage horse can move with suppleness.
The flexible base panel of a SMART saddle will flex and lift to allow the scapula to slide underneath it, without affecting the position of the saddle, resulting in increased saddle stability.Whilst a treed saddle may be pushed out of the way and rock from side to side, lift at the back or sit unevenly to one side with the movement of the horse, a SMART™ saddle will flex around the trunk of the horse and move with the back – enhancing horse and rider synchrony for optimal performance. Flexibility = stability!
A SMART saddle is the perfect choice to allow a young horse to mature under saddle.
The unique design can accommodate horses that are difficult to fit, have existing saddle or performance related problems, or give young horses a good start and room to develop and mature without restriction.
One SMART™ saddle can be easily adapted to fit several horses and to allow for changes in shape through the season, without the need for reflocking. With no head plate to adjust or flocking to alter, SMART™ saddles simply flex-to-fit around the horses back contours, whatever their conformation.
Optimal saddle fit and balance is achieved through the use of our Easy-fit SMART™ balance pad system and adjustable SMART™ knee and thigh blocks; enabling the rider to not only choose the shape and size of knee block that suits them best, but to also position them accurately in order to achieve customised support. For multi-discipline riders, the block can be changed between flatwork and jumping to promote effective riding between disciplines.
In the event of a rotational fall, pioneering SMART™ FLEXTech™ technology offers unrivalled safety for both horse and rider, thanks to its unique fully deformable structure...
Whereas the frame of a solid and inflexible traditional saddle poses a real risk of exacerbating injury, the compressible layers of a SMART™ saddle will not cause additional injury. Whether you’re an elite eventer or a happy hacker, the advent of the fully flexible saddle offers remarkable levels of safety for all equestrians.