The English saddles date back to the 18th and 19th century, while the most rudimentary designs of saddles were founded in 800 BC. Nowadays, the concept of a saddle has greatly improved - and there is a vast array of English saddles that you can choose from. English Saddles are tailored to a variety of equestrian disciplines, riding styles and other aspects. Fox Hunting for example us a jumping saddle to ride in. English saddles today are carefully made to fit both the rider and the horse.
The name may misinterpret their use, English saddle are known to be the most popular saddles throughout the Western World. Each of the equestrian disciplines in the Olympic Games use English saddles. The most unique points of English saddles are their lightness, their low profile, shallower seat and the lack of horn - as opposed to the classic Western saddles.
The use of English saddles is found in a variety of disciplines, from eventing to show jumping, dressage, saddle seat, horse racing and polo - they remain the standard choice in every famous discipline.
An English saddle is made up of the following parts:
There are a few other parts of the English saddle: Billets, keepers, D-ring, gullet, skirt, and tree.
There is a variety of English saddles. The right saddle for you will depend on the disciplines you ride. Having the right tool for the job is always important. This is no different when choosing the type of English Saddles you need. There are Endurance Saddles, Jump saddles, close contact saddles, dressage saddles and all-purpose English Saddles. If you happen to practice a lot of disciplines you may need more than one type of saddle in order to participate. It’s common for riders to own several types of saddles for one horse.
English saddles are smaller and lighter than most Western saddles. However, if you are not familiar with English saddles and how they should fit your horse and riding style, you should always consult with a professional and seek help. You can call Justin here at The Equestrian Connection & FoxHuntingShop for detail on saddle fitting, price and adjustments for New or Used English Saddles
At The Equestrian Connection & FoxHuntingShop, we take pride in offering a variety of English saddle styles and models tailored to various needs and horse riding disciplines. Call us and we will help you find the right saddle!