Natural Performer Light

From $3,750.00

Welcome to the NATURAL PERFORMER LIGHT, meticulously engineered to cater to the dedicated Parelli Natural Horsemanship student. Carefully crafted with a fusion of precision and passion, this western saddle transcends mere utility, embodying the core principles esteemed by Pat Parelli himself – versatility, comfort, and rider safety.

Exhibiting a timeless Traditional Western Styling featuring small profile skirts, the NATURAL PERFORMER LIGHT isn’t just a saddle; it’s a catalyst for performance enhancement. Its multifaceted design excels in a spectrum of disciplines, whether executing athletic maneuvers, navigating trails, engaging in western dressage, or beyond.

This saddle has been meticulously crafted with a diverse range of outstanding features and enhancements, personally selected by Pat Parelli specifically for this model, guaranteeing unparalleled quality. Numerous features considered as standard on this model surpass the usual standards found in other models, making it an excellent value.

Key Features:

  • Parelli Signature Horsehead Tooling: Exquisite craftsmanship bearing the mark of Parelli excellence.
  • Enhanced Rider Security: Incorporating Buck Rolls for added rider stability and confidence.
  • Unrestricted Rider Movement: Free-swinging fenders optimize leg movement, offering unparalleled flexibility.
  • Superior Craftsmanship: Handcrafted 2″ footbed laminated wooden stirrups strike a balance between aesthetics and functionality.
  • Premium Quality Leather: Constructed using quality veg-tanned leather for durability and resilience.
  • Tailored Fit: Minimal length skirts closely hug the tree, making it an ideal choice for short-backed horses.
  • Unrivaled Comfort for Horse and Rider: Smartflx foundation ensures unprecedented comfort for your horse, fostering a harmonious connection between horse and rider.
  • Versatility Across Breeds: With 2 foundation sizing choices and adaptable interface tools, this saddle accommodates various sizes, back shapes, and conformations.
  • Crafted for Parelli Natural Horsemanship: Handmade to support and elevate your journey within Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
  • Saddle Effortlessly: Swiftly mount this saddle onto your horse while prioritizing both your and your horse’s comfort.


  • Seat Sizes: Available in sizes 15 -17.5″ (additional sizes possible with consultation)
    Refer to our saddle seat size guide HERE for detailed assistance.

For horses with high, narrow withers, explore our other western saddle models designed specifically to offer enhanced wither clearance. Our commitment to your satisfaction extends to providing comprehensive information about saddle weight, length, and other unique features in our product description.

NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Your order will be shipped from our US Headquarters in Ocala, Florida. Prices listed do not include tax or any other import-related fees. Kindly check with your local import department for country-specific procedures and fees. For assistance, reach out to [email protected].

Availability: The NATURAL PERFORMER LIGHT is handcrafted and custom-made in the US. Anticipate a delivery timeframe of 3 – 8 months. Please be aware that opting for brass hardware & conchos might further delay saddle production due to ongoing supply shortages.



  • Pommel: “A-Fork” (aka “slick fork) shape with a slight forward lean, no swells, a low profile 2 1/2” horn and shallow gullet. (CAUTION: If your horse has very high, narrow withers, this Fork may be too low).
  • Cantle: 3″ tall with moderately open “dish” that hugs rider without trapping. 1.5″ Cheyenne roll.
  • Leather: 1 Quality veg-tanned leather hides used exclusively.
  • Color: Light Oil, Medium Oil, Chestnut, Dark Brown, Black.
  • 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.
  • Seat: 3-QTR “grippy soft” padded textured leather for seat and buckrolls.
  • Underside: Suede-covered memory foam.
  • Stirrups: 3″ footbed, handcrafted Hardwood Stirrups
  • Tooling: Parelli Signature Horsehead Outline on fork, housing, seat jockey, and fenders.
  • Hardware: Brass or stainless steel rigging. D´s and back cinch roller buckles. Slotted Conchos secured by 6 sets of tie strings.
  • Main cinch rigging: Flat plate, In-skirt.
  • Rear cinch rigging: Rear D with doubled-and-stiched billets and back cinch includes 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 on the soft belly area. Standard back cinch length is 36″// 91.5 cm, which fits most breeds. If your horse is very small or very big, please let us know and we can arrange for a custom length.
  • Fenders: Free-swinging fenders for optimum rider leg flexibility. 5 leg length sizes available, with numbered adjustment strap holes at 1.2″ increments.
  • Latigos: Latigos on both sides for even left/right adjustment. No off-side billet.
  • Seat sizes: 15-17.5 available, please contact us for other sizesLength 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 depending on final choices and leather hide.
  • 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 wear care with a blow dryer in the can and rub with circles onto the fabric parts with a cotton cloth.
  • Made in USA


“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 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.


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.

VersaFit™ 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 20 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 [email protected], we´re happy to help you!


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