Barcoo Poley on the New Flex Tree
Made in Australia
4 Saddle Bag D’s (2 each side)
2 Cantle D’s (Swag, oilskin)
2 Pommel D’s (Snap on Monkey Grip)
Flank Girth D
Opal Inlay Badge
Solid Brass Fittings
NOT JUST ANOTHER CHANGEABLE GULLET SADDLE! This saddle is built on a FLEXIBLE SADDLE TREE.
Changing the gullet on a saddle does allow for one saddle to be used on horses with different shaped withers. However, it does not address the changing contour of the horses back that also changed with different horses.
Nor does it address the fact that a horses back changes shape as the horse goes through its various gaits.
The Flexible tree used on saddles designed and made by James Saddlery not only have flex in the gullet, but through the entire tree. This means that when girthed up and with the rider on board, the tree auto adjusts to any shape horse or any shape the horse may change to, for example at the gallop as opposed to a walk.
It also can adjust in its length to allow for shoulder movement. It is evident that in a one leg forward position the horses back becomes uneven and out of square. The flex tree alters accordingly.
A change of gullet does allow a saddle to be used on different horses and that is great if the horse stood still and maintained that position it had where the saddle is fitted. The fact is that the instant your horse moves, it changes shape. A changeable gullet saddle does not change to suit. The flexible tree saddle designed by James Saddlery does change shape to suit various horses and the changing shapes of a horse in motion.
FLEXIBLE TREES GIVE YOU THE ULTIMATE IN SADDLE FIT AND THE SHOCK ABSORBING QUALITY OF THE TREE ENSURE SUPERIOR RIDER COMFORT AND MINIMISE THE CHANCE OF INJURY TO THE BACK OF A VALUED AND VALUABLE HORSE.
It has, for many years been a concept that to fit a saddle to a horse, measurements and angles must be taken with the horse standing upright with its weight evenly distributed on four legs. It is true that this is the best position.
Where this theory fails is that when riding, the horses shape changes as it goes through its various gaits. Perhaps you have experienced a saddle that raises or back slaps at the canter. It has proven pretty well impossible to make a saddle that will conform to these changes in shape a horse undergoes. It has also been difficult to make a saddle that will fit different shaped horses without some dismantling or alteration.
The new Flexafit tree does address some of these problems. The area known as the side rails and ground seat (the part of the saddle that contacts and distributes the rider weight on to the horses back) in the new Flexafit tree is fully flexible. This enables the rider weight to alter the tree shape to the horse it is on. It also allows the tree to change shape as the horse changes shape. It allows for the tree to flex to fit different shaped horses within reason i.e approximately 90 to 100 degrees. This eliminates many situations where multiple saddles are needed to fit all your horses.
The trees can flex in their length to conform to the horses shape and the kneepad section can flex to accommodate the horses shoulder movement when there is one leg forward and one leg back.