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ESPRIT II d' Equitation All Purpose Saddle

PRICE: $7200
• Customised colours available
• Platinum Package Deal (Fully Mounted) $7700

'Having spent many years designing a “specialist” dressage saddle to feed my desire for perfection in this discipline. I have been guilty of ignoring the needs of others and their desire to enjoy other aspects of equitation. So here is our multi purpose saddle and it is certainly no “compromise”!' ~ David Bowler.

Featuring the same high quality innovations and built to the same standards of our top range saddles, including the Superflex© tree and malleable, muscle promoting panels.

In our opinion, not enough thought has gone into the design of multi purpose saddles, in general.

This is why, as the designer, I avoided the description title “general purpose”, we have called this our All Purpose model, because this saddle is certainly no compromise!

The Strada Esprit d’ Equitation Saddle’s unique design, offers a seamless interface between horse and rider. This is the result of many, painstaking years of research into the bio-mechanics of horses movements.

The design embodies simplicity and function. Unlike most other manufacturers, we design and make our own trees. The importance of flexibility and fit can never be over emphasised.

The frame within the saddle, most importantly, must be the same shape as your horses back - which ultimately means, evenly distributed pressure. It also allows the back muscles to work free of pressure points which is important to build natural working muscle.

Strada saddles are light in weight and feature the unique Superflex® tree, designed to follow the movement of the horse. It is made from a combination of high quality birch ply, leather, carbon-fibre and kevlar. The flex of the rails of the tree allows the saddle to stay in contact with the horses back as it has uni-lateral movement, (up and down and independently.)

Strada trees have no metal components other than the attached stirrup bar. There are five different tree types that reflect the different shapes of modern sport horse through to fitting older breed types such as the Iberian, Lusitano and Arab. By fitting with a tree type, we eliminate all saddle-woes - no gullets causing pressure or muscle wastage, or sitting too high in front, lifting at the back, rocking, etc.  Your horses weight may vary through the season - but their true ‘shape’ is always there.

Next, our special temperature intelligent, pressure eliminating, maintenance-free panels, are designed to last the lifetime of the saddle with zero maintenance. Our specialised panel foam automatically adjusts with pressure and release - they feel like muscle.  For example, sit relaxed in a chair - push on your thigh muscle - the way this compresses and releases under pressure is much the same as our panels. Allowing the movements of the horses back to have continuous and correct panel contact, keeps the horses back muscles health and strong and gives a great feeling to the horse and rider. The panels will never require alteration or re-packing and are specially designed and made by Strada Saddles.

The stirrup bar position, girth attachments and weight of our saddles provides comfort and freedom of movement for the horse. This allows the rider to sit easily and effectively apply riding aids -  so after manufacturing Strada saddles since 1997, we present our products to our customers with confidence.

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