Although in well-used cosmetic condition, this Balance saddle is nevertheless sound and in good order. The rough out (suede) leather shows marks of general wear as shown in photographs. The width fitting is a very generous 6.5ins and has a wide flare, suitable for a very well sprung horse. SADDLE COMES WITH SADDLE COVER AND BALANCE PAD WITH SHIMS.
“The shape at the front of the saddle is open and more closely resembles an inverted U shape rather than the commonly seen, inverted V. It also has a slight flare at the front to allow the movement of the shoulder area.
The widths available are complementary to the shape of healthy, well developed and engaged equine backs. In practical terms, these backs are much wider than many conventional makes of saddle.
The design allows maximum range of shoulder/front leg movement.
The panels provide a generous bearing surface. The shape of the underside of the saddles is relatively flat, from front to back and side to side. The panels are constructed from a variety of materials that are designed to create a comfortable interface between the tree and the horse.
The saddles all have a generous gullet (channel) to create a safe zone either side of the vulnerable spinous processes along the middle of the back.
The stirrup bars are not recessed, in order to protect the horse from pressure points caused by the bar itself or the stirrup leather.
They have 3 widely spaced girth straps (billets), each on separate webs, to give a good distribution of pressure along the length of the tree. This arrangement also helps to accommodate different girthing positions needed by certain horses.
From the riders’ perspective this means that ‘her’ side of the saddle contains the following design features:
- Relatively flat seat profiles to avoid allow the rider to find their own BALANCE and stability.
- Adjustable/removable knee blocks to fine tune comfort for the rider.
- High quality leathers that ‘break in’ easily.
The saddles are all made in Walsall, England. The original BALANCE saddles were made in the early 1990s by Frank Baines Saddery and John Hamilton. John retired from making saddles some years ago, but the relationship between BALANCE and Frank Baines Saddlery has continued and they make the Zenith, Felix, Matrix and Nexus models (Xtreme Jump and Xtreme Dressage in design process) In more recent years, Walsall Riding and The Saddle Company have started to make saddles for BALANCE. The saddles that they make are: Horizon, Equinox and Xtreme Jump, Xtreme Dressage all made by Walsall Riding and The ‘Bug’, Wren, Robin and Kestrel ranges are made by The Saddle Company.