WESTERN DRESSAGE

$3,950.00

Our WESTERN DRESSAGE is the perfect choice for anyone wishing to pursue training or competition in Dressage-oriented Western sports: Cowboy Dressage or Western Dressage. This saddle offers easy access to vertical posture alignment, and is versatile in the arena or beyond.

Comfort and freedom of movement for horse AND rider while performing precise lateral and vertically-oriented manoeuvres are hallmark benefits of this model. Incorporating our SMARTFLX foundation with traditional-looking western style, this saddle is an impressive functioning tool for the casual rider or serious competitor.

  • Contoured Flexibility for Lateral & Vertical Precision
  • Custom shaped to suit Male or Female riders
  • Customised choice of leather color, hand tooling, conchos and more
  • Seat balance built to foster alignment of shoulders, hips & heels
  • Traditional design for impact in the show ring
  • Free-swinging fenders for ease of leg aids
  • 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 -17.5″ *additional sizes may be available with consultation*
Please note: Slotted conchos will come with tie strings, domed conchos without. Please contact us if you would like your domed conchos to come with drop D-rings and tie strings.Please scroll down to see our “Product Description” for saddle weight, length and other unique Features.
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*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 $3,950.00

Availability: The WESTERN DRESSAGE is handcrafted in the US within 3 – 4 months
Product Code: NH-WES-WD

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SKU: NH-WES-WD Categories: ,
  • Pommel (Fork): Shape has slight forward lean, small 12″ swells and low profile 2-1/2″ // 6.35 reining horn.
  • Cantle: 3″ tall with moderately open “dish” that hugs rider without trapping. 2″ Cheyenne roll.
  • Seat: Choose between suede (for extra grip) or grippy soft textured leather, fully padded, constructed to balance rider more toward the center than our other western saddles for the sake of facilitating rider body position consistent with performance of high level dressage maneuvers. NOTE: Please specify MALE or FEMALE rider so seat can be built accordingly. (Male seats have slightly less build up in front). COLOR: Black or Dark Brown.
  • Leather: #1 Quality veg-tanned leather hides used exclusively. Roughout or smooth choice for seat jockey, incl. fenders, available, smooth leather on other leather parts. Select from color range as indicated. Please be aware that antique brown can be selected in combination with smooth leather only.
  • Skirts: 2 lengths available, REGULAR length spans approx. 26″ // 66 cm to 26.5″ // 67 cm distance from front to back of saddle (depending upon seat size). COMPACT length spans 24.5″ // 62 cm to 25″ // 63.5 cm from front to back of saddle. Rounded back skirts are scaled to a larger radius than most of our saddles per style seen on Western Dressage and Reining saddles and offer the horse contoured flexibility in the loin area.
  • Tooling: Hand stamped border pattern or spot toolings from NHS Tooling Collection, plus 3-Qtr Basket fill, on fork, seat jockey, back skirts and fenders. Cheyenne roll has bead line or small tooling combo, depending on tooling selection. Horn tooling if selected.
  • Hardware: brass or stainless steel
  • Conchos: Leather rosettes or selection from NHS Concho Collection. Slotted conchos will be applied with tie strings, domed conchos will come without tie strings as typical for this model. Please contact us if you would like domed conchos with drop D-rings and tie strings.
  • Main cinch rigging: Angled ring, in-skirt.
  • Rear cinch rigging included: Though we realize that Western Dressage competitors do not generally utilize a back cinch when performing, we believe it is a functionally important component of a saddle for generic use in other equine activities. The rear D comes hung with doubled-and-stitched flank billets and back cinch including 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. The apparatus can be disconnected when desired.
  • Fenders: Free-swinging for optimum rider leg flexibility and communication. 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 1/2” // 12.7 mm increments.
  • Stirrups: Please see stirrup choice for this model.
  • Latigos on both sides: for main cinch rigging, no off-side billet unless requested.
  • Breast Collar D-rings: Set high for freedom of shoulder movement.
  • Bucking Rolls: Though bucking rolls are not a traditional feature on Western Dressage saddles, they can be added for extra security or to make your saddle versatile for other riders or sports. Leather pillows will match seat color, leather frames will match saddle color. Detachable if you want to remove for competition.
  • Cinch keeper installed on right side off concho at base of cantle.
  • Underside: Suede-covered memory foam or natural sheepskin.
  • Seat sizes 15 – 17.5 available.
  • Length of saddle: From front of saddle to back of curve at widest point: length: 24 – 26” / 61-66 cm.
  • Weight of saddle: Average weight is 28 lbs // 12.7 kg, depending on final choices.

Handcrafted in USA or Europe.

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 23 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