Why do I ride a La Selle leather tree saddle?

Based on my 35 years of riding experience, including 22 years of horse training and acquired knowledge of academic horsemanship, I can report that I would never again want to exchange the leather tree saddle from La Selle for a conventional saddle with a solid wooden or plastic tree.

Of course, with such a clear statement, it should be noted that every rider analyzes his riding feeling and the feedback from the horse differently. Of course, the anatomy of humans and horses play a major role.

What are the advantages of La Selle leather tree saddles compared to saddles with solid trees? Always assuming that each saddle fits properly on the horse - see e-book "Die Sattelprobe" - here https://www.la-selle.com/

1. The La Selle saddle sits very low and directly on the horse's back

2. The LA Selle saddle allows the rider to directly analyze the horse's movement, similar to a treeless saddle

3. The rider's weight is also distributed very well on the horse's back thanks to the flexibility of the leather saddle tree

4. The rider is not forced into a seat shell. He can always take a natural seat on the saddle.

5. The rider's hips are well relieved by the natural rider's seat

A desired narrow seat waist or a seat wedge, possibly also a thicker saddle pad, can also help here.
6. The rider's natural sitting position will allow him to relax better and thus be able to follow the horse's movements more easily.

7. Learning to sit in a released position is thus made easier.

8. Various seat shapes (L'Art pour L'Art, Dressage, Premium, etc.) have a narrower seat waist in the front area and a wider buttock seat at the back.

9. The saddle tree runs thin towards the outside. This makes the leg contact more precise and refined

10. Due to the multi-layer structure and the well thought-out sewing of the leather saddle tree, the unique dimensional stability is guaranteed for decades.

11. The saddle tree has its tips swept back for optimal shoulder rotation.

12. The rear balance strap runs diagonally across the saddle tree and thus ensures the very stable position of the saddle and the distribution of pressure when strapping on.

13. The rear tip is bent forward and fully flexible. This enables exact lateral movements without disturbing the horse's biomechanics

14. The Flex saddle models are equipped with a field replaceable gullet plate, an Eft plate and a Velcro strap on the tree for a Velcro wedge. In this way, the fit can be quickly corrected on site.

15. The variable gullet plates from La Selle - standard or the wide XL gullet plate - can also be exchanged on site in any Flex saddle model.

16. For an even finer contact with the horse, the saddle pad can be made with a cut-out. This can also be retrofitted. E.g. for riders with stronger thighs

17. The elaborately manufactured, soft wool cushion from La Selle prevents a "trampoline-like" riding feeling and prevents the wool from knotting in the cushion

18. Horses with poor saddle fit experiences quickly lose head banging and saddle restraint.

Responsible riders should always be pursuing the same goal.

A harmonious fine aid and relaxation of his horse in all lessons.

Years of experience analysis of the rider is one of the most important basis for this and only possible with optimal tools. Learning how to handle these tools sensitively is also an important stage in the life of a rider. This is the only way we can conquer the path of horse training and create a reliable working horse, no matter how the horse is later used - western, jumping, dressage, military or even for driving.


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