As every rider knows, your saddle is the most important bit of equipment you’ll own! From your first pony saddle made to suit small legs, to dressage models designed to allow maximum movement, and jump designs cut for speed and spring, getting the perfect saddle fit is both an art and a science.
As advances in technology mean that ultra-light, supple saddles with built-in technology are becoming more mainstream, we speak to the team at Voltaire Design about what they look for when they fit a saddle.
ABOUT VOLTAIRE DESIGN
Established in 2010, Voltaire Design is a global leader in the manufacturing of high performance sport saddles. Renowned for their innovation, comfort and the ability to fully customise each saddle to the horse and rider, Voltaire Design continues to create exceptionally high quality saddles that enhance the horses’ well-being and ensure both the horse and rider can express their full potential.
Very light and supple, their designs feature particularly wide gullets, short points and adaptable panels. The emphasis is on fitting every inch of the horse’s back:
Giving more freedom to the horse’s shoulders, the points of Voltaire Design’s super-light trees are also slightly flexible.
More room in the gullet ensures the saddle lies either side of the sensitive spine, reducing pressure on vertebrae, and keeping the panels sitting on the muscle.
The panels are constructed in a way which means they can be adjusted according to the shape of the horse, ensuring they lie flat and smooth the whole length of the seat.
To compliment their cutting-edge range, Voltaire Design also offer anatomically designed bridles, girths and leathers, and must have accessories for horse and rider.