| FlexEE Treeless Saddles|
The Enlightened Equitation FlexEE saddle is a high quality treeless saddle at an amazing price! Designed by well known Classical Seat trainer, Heather Moffett, the FlexEE saddle is built on a leather tree, a very old method of making a flexible saddle.
The saddle, as with all Enlightened Equitation saddles, past and present, is ergonomically designed to allow the rider, even a total beginner, to sit in the correct ear/shoulder/hip/heel alignment with ease. The stirrup bars are set back on the dressage model to enable a very deep thigh position, and the large velcroed on knee rolls (sold separately) that Heather has designed for this saddle, really assist with the deeper knee position. The velcro on the sweat flap of the GP saddle reaches far enough to permit the dressage knee rolls to be placed well back, in order to enable the dressage/flatwork seat with ease, ensuring that the saddle truly is 'General Purpose'. The bars are one inch further forwards on the GP to allow for shorter stirrups for jumping.
The saddles come in three models, Dressage, VSD and GP, currently in four sizes, 15", 16", 17" and 18". There are three versions - the Deluxe Leather, Standard Leather and a Synthetic.
The saddle has a cut back head (to accommodate higher withers where necessary) and flexible front arch, and now features an interchangeable gullet plate as in many treed saddles (a full set is supplied with each saddle). This enables the width to be set to that of the horse, but it can also be left out, for those who wish to have a fully flexible saddle, or for instance, for an exceptionally wide, flat horse. This gives much greater versatility, as it allows the saddle to be set to the width, for instance of a young horse just being backed, and the same saddle to be adjusted to a new horse requiring a different width. The 15" saddle doesn't have gullet plates, as they would come too far down the shoulder.
The saddle however, can also be used without the gullet plate at all, so that it is still essentially fitting like a treeless saddle. The gullet plate is simplicity itself to change, one screw, and a screwdriver is all that is needed. It does not come down far enough to interfere with the flexible leather points, so the shoulders are not impeded in any way. The saddle will have a complete set of gullet plates with each saddle, unlike other makes where each plate is sold separately.
Because the FlexEE is flexible, the leather tree will self adjust to the rest of the horse, although padding will still be needed if the horse has atrophy or asymmetry.
The panels have been designed to provide an excellent bearing surface for the horse and are softly flocked in the leathers versions, and made of foam in the synthetic saddles. The gullet is not as wide as on many saddles nowadays. Having the gullet too wide, causes lateral instability, but the muscle is strongest at the point of attachment to the spinal processes, and the further apart the gullet, the weaker the muscle where the edges of the panels rest.
Considerable attention has been paid to the comfort of the rider too. The seat seams are far enough apart to allow the wider splay of the female seatbones to rest on the padding, and not end up on the hard slope of the tree, as happens with many saddles, when trying to sit in the deepest, most central part of the saddle! The seat is EVA cushion giving a very comfortable ride.
The design of the dressage flap has the elegant lines of the EE Vogue SoftTree saddle, making a truly stylish saddle at a very affordable price. The cantle has a lacquered brass cantle plate with the EE torch logo, and the lacquered brass head nails, are also with the double EE logo, adding a smart finishing touch. The GP flap is cut sufficiently wide at the back, in order to accommodate the thigh in the flatwork position. Many GP saddles do not take this into account, and the wider thigh especially, will overlap the back of the flap.
It is very easy to fit these saddles, even by the owner in conjunction with our helpline, through photographs and wither pattern. Enlightened Equitation has agents covering many parts of the UK, if a visit is preferred to advise on optimum use of the saddles.
| FlexEE Bronze Synthetic Treeless Saddle|
The Enlightened Equitation FlexEE synthetic saddle is a high quality saddle at an amazing price! Designed by well known Classical Seat trainer, Heather Moffett, the FlexEE saddle is built on a leather tree, a very old method of making a flexible saddle.
The panels have been designed to provide a wide weight bearing surface for the horse. These are moulded as in typical close contact panels and ensure absolute symmetry every time.
The FlexEE Synthetic saddle comes with Owen (half) foam panels as standard,. There is soft velcro to the underside of the sweat flaps and designed shoulder pads, which make the panels into a French (full) panel for horses needing shoulder support, velcroing in place, to lift the front of the saddle. These also give amazing extra support for the rider's legs and a feeling of additional security. The shoulder pads are sold separately but make a huge difference to the fit for horses with straighter shoulders, that need a French panel. Those with very wide, loaded shoulders are better without the pads, with the Owen panel, which is the basic panel in the saddle.
In the FlexEE Synthetic saddle, the panels are also velcroed at the front, meaning that they can be moved slightly up or down, to adjust minutely to the shape of the horse instead of using different widths of gullet plate, giving more versatility. To this end, we do not recommend changing the panels for two different horses, as it can weaken Velcro over time, but to set it up for one horse and leave it, unless the horse changes shape.
Considerable attention has been paid to the comfort of the rider too, in that the seat is layered with Cushion EVA and latex, giving a very comfortable ride. The seams are far enough apart to allow the wider splay of the female seatbones to rest on the padding, and not end up on the hard slope of the tree, as happens with many saddles, when trying to sit in the deepest, most central part of the saddle! We have also lightly padded the skirts of the saddle giving additional rider comfort and made the 'waist' a little narrower, giving an even better feel of a 'twist' for the rider.
The seat and knee pads are covered with a Microfibre synthetic suede. This is the material used in the seats of expensive ranges of breeches, and we have chosen for its longevity. It is fully washable in breeches, so we know that even repeated wettings in climates such as the UK, will not affect its wearing qualities.
The FlexEE Synthetic saddles are available in 15", 16", 17" and 18", in Dressage, VSD and GP styles, in Black or Brown.
As the sysnthetic version of the FlexEE saddle will be phased out, there will be a limited number of saddles in stock.
Please contact us for advice on fitting and ordering. This saddle will be phased out and a new synthetic saddle introduced shortly.
Accessories available separately (knee blocks, shoulder shims, biothane synthetic leathers and saddle pads).
| Knee Rolls for FlexEE Saddles|
Velcro on synthetic leather knee rolls for the FlexEE saddle, although they can be used on any saddle with knee block velcro attachment .
The VSD (GP) knee rolls come in one size only, in black or brown.
The dressage knee rolls come in black or brown colour, in Medium or Large - the Large being only suitable for the 18" dressage FlexEE saddle.
In the pictures, the VSD knee roll is on the left and the large dressage knee roll on the right.
Sold in pairs.
| Biothane Synthetic Stirrup Leathers for the FlexEE Saddle|
Synthetic dressage type stirrup leathers (webbers), suitable for the FlexEE saddle but also any saddle with stirrup hooks or bars.
Loop at the top end to slip onto the stirrup hook, t-bar adjustment with a cover that slides over the t-bar..
Available in black and in three lengths. 1" wide. Brown leathers can be ordered in (delivery time around 6 weeks).
| Shoulder Shims for FlexEE Saddles|
The shoulder shims are for the FlexEE synthetic saddle, both dressage and VSD/GP. They velcro on underneath the saddle flaps.
Most horses, other than very wide, flat ones with 'loaded shoulders', need the support of shoulder shims, as in a French panel, to lift the saddle at the front for wither clearance.
Black or brown synthetic leather
| Griffin Nuumed High Wither Shimmy Half Numnah (NM04SS)|
Excellent corrective half pad for use with high withered and/or atrophied horses, as well as horses needing extra support under the saddle. Ideal for use as a temporary measure when fitting saddles, to accommodate the changing shape of a horse or when using the same saddle on a number of horses. Cut in NuuMed's HiWither style to ensures no pressure over the wither, this pad has pockets front and back into which the user can insert one or all of the foam shimmy pads to adjust the saddle fit. This pad can also be used without the shims.
5oz polycotton quilt on top and top quality British wool underside. Memory foam inner and two pockets for removable shimmy pads on either side. Supplied with two pairs of 5mm front shims and one pair of 5mm back shims. No top straps.
Available in Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large; Black, Brown and White.
Small Shimmy Pad is suitable for 15" saddles
Medium pad is for 16"- 16.5" saddles - front to back measures 50cm
Large pad is for 17" - 17.5" saddles - front to back measures 58cm
Extra Large for saddles 18" and plus.
The Small and Extra Large is not held in stock and requires a 2 week waiting time for delivery.
Extra sets of shim pads available separately.