DEEP SEAT LIGHT

$2,950.00

The DEEP SEAT LIGHT is the sibling to our DURANGO DEEP SEAT all leather saddle but weighs less due to utilization of waxwear fabric components in fenders and skirts. Both saddles offer hip huggin’, support for achieving higher, faster, boundary-pushing pursuits. Enjoy an easy toss-up on your horse, being cradled on your balance point for sharp turns, rollbacks and speedy maneuvers while also savoring a comfortable padded seat to simply ‘mosey along’ in.

  • Easy to toss up on your horse’s back yet sturdy enough to take care of you and your horse like no other lighter weight saddle (other than our Carry Me).
  • Roper-height cantle with deep “dish” to cup rider securely
  • Fully padded suede or smooth seat offers comfort, balanced security and grip
  • Customized choice of leather color, hand tooling and conchos, teamed with black wax-infused, heavy duty cotton.
  • Front and rear rigging hang via our unique in-skirt engineering.
  • Free-swinging fenders for ease of leg aids and rider posture/flexibility. Simple to adjust and extremely comfortable against rider’s leg.
  • Fork shape per barrel saddle with wider tree swells for further security
  • Versatile – can be used as an ‘everyday’ saddle (trail, arena & training)
  • Exclusive Smartflx foundation – creating freedom & space for horse to achieve maximum efficiency in stride
  • Suits all breeds. Our 2 gullet sizing choice and interface tools suit all sizes, shapes and conformations
  • Hand crafted and made to order

This saddle is available in seat size 15 -17″ *additional sizes may be available with consultation*

The horn of the DEEP SEAT LIGHT is suitable for holding or dragging up to 300 pounds.

Please scroll down to see our “Product Description” for saddle weight, length and other unique features.
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Check out our Deep Seat Light Saddle Inspiration Slideshow to see different color and design combinations HERE.

*NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS” Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand: Your order will ship from our US Headquarters in Ennis, Montana. Prices do not include tax or any other fees associated with the import of your saddle. Please check with your local import department for your country´s import procedure and fees. In case you need any assistance, please contact saddles@naturalhorsemansaddles.com

Starting from $2,950.00

Availability: Availability: The DEEP SEAT LIGHT is hand crafted and custom made in the US, due to COVID-19 delays we are expecting a delivery time of 6 – 12 months.

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SKU: NH-WES-DSL Categories: ,
  • Pommel (Fork): has a fairly straight-up orientation with 13″ // 33 cm wide swells and provides good wither clearance. It is available with a small 2-1/2″ // 6 cm “reining” horn – our standard horn. This is not a “roping” horn for “tying hard” to heavy animals or things, but you could have plenty of fun roping with breakaway hondas or dragging up to a few hundred pounds.
  • Cantle: 3.5″// 7.6 cm tall with with significant “dish” that hugs rider securely. 1.5″ // 3.8 cm Cheyenne roll.
  • Seat: Choice of suede (for extra grip) or grippy soft smooth textured leather, soft supracor padding with build-up in front so seat pocket is deeply defined. Black color only.
  • Leather: #1 Quality veg-tanned leather hides used exclusively. Roughout or smooth choice for seat jockey, incl. fenders, available, smooth leather on other parts. Select from color range as indicated. Color variations (particularly noticeable in light to medium oiled saddles) are to be expected due to the differing porosity of individual hides. Some “grab” the oil more deeply and will appear darker than others. Oftimes, leather hides may tone to more reddish or orange but become darker brownish over time with exposure to sun and loving care via cleaning and oiling. We have no way to predict exactly what shade of lightness or darkness your saddle may be in the beginning, but you can count on it looking more and more handsomely seasoned with age.
    Fabric parts: Saddle housing, skirts and fenders of sturdy, durable, wax-infused, well-bound heavy-duty moisture-repellant cotton fabric. Black color only.
  • Skirts: Small, rounded single back skirts offer the horse contoured flexibility in the loin area.
    Tooling: Hand stamped border patterns or spot toolings selected from NHS tooling collection, on fork and seat jockey. Tooling on cantle (smooth) for spot toolings only. Tooling available on horn cap and fenders if selected. Individual leather surface textures (due to heredity, environment and tanning processes for each hide) result in unique properties effecting the appearance of individual saddles. Possible irregularities offer opportunities for our tooling artisans to be a bit creative in disguising texture differences of various areas. Adding some extra floral carving or slight alterations of a pattern are among ways to insure best mirroring of design from one side of the saddle to the other. Our toolers are excellent craftspeople. You can count on a beautiful result and celebrate your saddle’s individuality!
  • Hardware: brass or stainless steel
  • Conchos: Leather rosette or selection from NHS concho Collection. Slotted conchos will be applied with tie strings, domed conchos will have drop D-rings, where the tie strings attach.
  • Main cinch rigging: Engineered as an on-skirt drop ring on leather sling.
  • Rear cinch rigging included: Billets and back cinch hang from a ring that is angle-slung in the single back skirt. Apparatus includes a short cinch hobble for connecting to main cinch. Rear cinch should be buckled snugly for best stabilization of the back of the saddle, and short hobble enables pressure to be located in the horse’s sternum area and not impact the soft abdominal region. Choose between nylon or single ply leather.
  • Fenders: Free-swinging for optimum rider leg flexibility and communication. Soft, comfortable on the rider’s leg, bonded wax-infused fabric that is extremely durable. Stirrups are connected via a ‘Texas twist’, which sets them in perfect position to accept your foot with no strain on your knees. Cut to size for Rider inseam length. 5 basic leg length sizes available, with numbered adjustment strap holes at 1“// 25 mm increments.
  • Stirrups: Please see stirrup choice available for this model.
  • Latigos on both sides: for main cinch rigging, no off-side billet. Choose NYLON WEBBING or LEATHER. Note: If you choose nylon webbing, be aware that it does not have any “give” like leather does, so you must be careful not to over-tighten and cause discomfort for your horse.
  • Tie strings: 6 sets
  • Breast Collar D-rings: Set high for freedom of shoulder movement.
  • Bucking Rolls: Can be added for extra security. Leather pillows will match seat color, leather frames will match saddle color. Detachable if you want to remove.
  • Cinch keeper: Installed on right side off concho at base of cantle.
    Underside: Durable Felt.
  • Seat sizes: 15- 17.5 available.
  • Length of saddle: From front of saddle to back of curve at widest point: 23.5 – 24.5” / 60-62 cm
  • Weight of saddle: Average weight is 24 lbs // 11 kg, depending on final choices.
  • Care instructions: Leather care: Use castile soap with warm water and cotton cloth, rinse with warm water, let dry out of sun and rub with Tack Butter or Neetsfoot oil. Fabric care: Use suede brush or sponge, wash gently with warm water and baking soda. Rinse with warm water, let dry. Heat up Martinex wax war care with a blow dryer in the can and rub with circles onto the fabric parts with a cotton cloth.

 

Handcrafted in USA

SMARTFLX™ TECHNOLOGY

“Welcoming” the horse’s back in motion requires that you MANAGE THE INTERFACE – which is the space between your horse’s body and the underside of the saddle. After incorporating a good saddle, this is the next most important factor for successful saddle fit when you want to give your horse the opportunity to enjoy the journey with you. With SmartSaddlePads.com saddle pads and tapered foam shims you are best equipped to custom fit the interface of your horse to adapt to individual age, top line shape and state of training.

SMARTFLX´S EXCLUSIVE, UNIQUELY SHAPED TREES ARE THE SUBSTRUCTURE AND MAJOR KEY TO SUCCESS OF ANY OF OUR SADDLES.

The very special SMARTFLX™ shape provides room needed for the horse’s back to come up in performance of any athletic maneuvers, especially ones requiring significant engagement or “collection”. Also sculpted into the SMARTFLX™ shape are the ergonomic considerations built in for the rider which enable feeling close to the horse´s body and it´s movement while securely balanced and unstressed in hip, knee and ankle joints. The “bars” and “groundseat” of the SMARTFLX™ western tree are a one-piece molded shape based on years of research and development incorporating thousands of horses worldwide. This molded piece is formed utilizing a particular, extraordinary elastomer compound material that is solid enough to support the rider and protect the horse’s back yet flexible enough to allow the horse to move as nature intended and the human to feel connected in harmony. It is amazingly thin and keeps you close to your horse. Our wooden forks and cantles provide the base stability to hold the bars at the attitude and angle that our research proved was optimal. Our english saddles are constructed with the same principles regarding the spacious, welcoming shape we know is necessary for healthy, comfortable movement. English SMARTFLX™ trees are handcrafted by Master Saddlers in England utilizing digitally sculpted, laminated beechwood bars reinforced by steel head plate and thin diagonal steel bands that support appropriate diagonal flexibility. Because the SMARTFLX™ trees are sculpted to welcome the expanded “moving” horse body, there is room to accommodate an enormous variety of horse breeds and sizes.

SmartSaddlePads.com unique shimming concept provides a simple way to offer dynamic custom fit. The welcoming “hug” of our saddles’ undersides provides for a physically and mentally un-restricted equine athlete capable of enjoying full physical potential under saddle.

Additional information

Weight 18 kg
Dimensions 69.85 × 50.8 × 50.8 cm

Sizing Guide

The right seat size is important for you to be comfortably secure on your balance point. Some riders prefer to be snug in their saddle, some riders like to have a little more room to move around in the seat. If you seat is too small for you, you may cause your Horse discomfort and pain. In case you are uncertain, take a test ride:

We encourage you to make sure you like the fit & feel!

Choose your saddle´s size based on your height, weight and leg length in combination with any preference you might have for snugness or a more *open* seat. In case you need assistance, please touch base with us by sending us an email to saddles@naturalhorsemansaddles.com, we´re happy to help you!

SIZING GUIDE CLICK HERE