The new Enlightened Equitation FlexEE saddle is a high quality leather 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 velcroed knee rolls 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 (pictured below), VSD and GP, and currently in 4 sizes, 15/16/17 and 18”. The saddle has a cut back head and flexible front arch, and now features an interchangeable gullet plate as in many treed saddles. 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 leather treed 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, the saddle will not take time to settle as will a leather tree without the plate, needing to stretch to the current width of the horse.
The French panels have been designed to provide an excellent bearing surface for the horse and are softly flocked. 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 seat and knee pads are of soft European hide.The stirrup bars are not the usual suspended hook bars used in treeless saddles, but are long solid bars attached with strong copper rivets, and with a wide surface area, to spread pressure. The girthing is a three point system,and which assists in spreading pressure over the whole saddle.
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. The saddles are available in black Havana/chocolate brown, and Conker/London tan. The flaps of the leather saddle are in finest Sedgewicks English bridle butt, the best quality leather used by the top bespoke Walsall manufacturers.
It is very easy to fit these saddles, even by the owner in conjunction with our helpline and customer care, through photographs and wither pattern, and we do have agents covering many parts of the UK, if a visit is preferred to advise on optimum use of the saddles.
The standard version represents amazing value for money, using the best quality foreign hides. The design and manufacture are exactly as the Deluxe, but available only in black or Havana. Available in GP, VSD (pictured below) and dressage.
For pricing and options, please see the prices page.