Published on : 17 June 20203 min reading time
Would you like to ride a horse or simply revise your knowledge of the elements that make up a good horse saddle? Whatever your reasons, it is always a good idea to find out about the parts and composition of a horse saddle so that you can gallop in complete serenity. It is an essential piece of equipment.
How important is it to have a good saddle?
As you know, the saddle is a piece of equipment that is placed directly on the horse’s back and with the weight of the rider and the girth, the whole creates pressure on his back. This pressure must always be balanced and placed in the right places so that it is not too strong and unbearable for the horse. However, be aware that if the pressure is not sufficient, it could also be harmful. A good riding saddle should allow the stallion as well as the rider to keep the right balance. The pressure must be uniform on the stallion’s back and must not block the shoulders or the back, of course. Consequently, it must allow the stallion to move without any discomfort. Therefore, it is important to choose the right elements of his saddle to avoid damage.
What are the different parts of a horse saddle?
A good riding saddle is composed of a pommel which is the part that is at the front. The pommel can be made of leather or synthetic material. There is also the cantle which is the back part. Then there is the seat between the two parts. The stirrup knife or stirrup holder is a metal piece placed near the tree. There is also the stirrup leather which connects the stirrup leather to the saddle and, of course, there is the stirrup bar which is a metal ring into which the rider’s feet are slid. At the bottom of the stirrup leather there is also the buckle cover. The false quarter is used to isolate the horse’s flanks from counter straps. The girth is used to keep the saddle on the horse’s back and to hang the saddle on the horse’s back, there is the girth strap. Finally, there is the cleat and the panels.
What are the different materials that make up a horse saddle?
In the composition of a good horse saddle, craftsmen saddlers often use two materials in particular which are leather or synthetic. Leather is known for its good suppleness as well as its great sturdiness. Moreover, it is a very aesthetic material that is appreciated by many riders. Synthetic, on the other hand, is lighter and very technical. But its biggest advantage is that it is easier to maintain and costs less.