About Cloete Saddles

Being family owned and operated, Cloete Saddles prides itself in good, old-world business courtesies, making our clients’ needs a priority and ensuring the equines that carry our saddles are well taken care of.  Cloete Saddles offers personalized service throughout the entire process of identifying a rider’s specific saddle requirements to acquiring the ideal saddle package.

Franco was born and raised under a generous African sun and has been a horseman since a very young age. Years of riding, piqued Franco’s curiosity for designing trees & creating saddles, eventually kindling an acute awareness – and subsequent research & study – of the unbound potential for the improvement of the saddle systems used in the worldwide equine community. Having been established in the international saddle industry since the 90’s, Franco’s journey as a trendsetting saddle designer & saddle maker continues on its dynamic course, as he follows the ever-changing needs of riders and equines in the market. Cloete Saddles are purposely designed and crafted with both horse and rider in mind. Today, Franco can affirm that Cloete Saddles’ products are well tried and tested and that Cloete Saddles is one of few saddle manufacturer in the equine saddle industry that designs and builds custom fitting saddles & trees, based on the trademark, the 5 key points of adjustability.


It is our pleasure to explain to you what is ‘special’ about Cloete Saddles.
Here are a number of points to consider:

1. Our trees are made of Polyurethane, which is chemically engineered according to Franco’s spesific research-based specs.

(Note: A couple of decades and hundreds of thousands of any currency of your choice, have been invested in the advanced development of our product – researching the structure & combination of choice chemical components) Finally, we achieved the perfect combination of urethane, glass strands and roven matting fused with elastomers, which enables the rotational flexibility of our saddle trees and successfully accommodates the ingenius cable rigging system.

The material our Cloete saddletree is made of withstands extreme temperatures (hot/cold), which means it maintains its stability – i.e. it will not crack, break down and lose screws and nails as is the case with tree products using fibre glass/carbon fibre made with polyester resin.

Our trees are also specifically constructed to be lightweight & durable.


2. Only the best quality leather available is used to craft our Cloete Saddles i.e. harness tanned leather, which remains in a tanning pit for 4 to 6 weeks. This specialized tanning process does not interfere with the integrity of the leather fibres and the result is , strong, lustrous hides that display class and durability.


3. Only stainless steel hardware is used to top off the superior quality of our saddles
Our stainless steel buckles, D-rings, nails, conchos, screws & screw caps are all imported from the US of A.


4. Our Cloete Saddles’s seat is another aspect which makes our saddles desirable.
Our saddle seats are designed and constructed to fit a rider’s individual posture and physique with uniq seat-adjustability features!

We use a combination of 2 different specialty foams in our seat-construction, that support a rider’s bonestructure, muscles & tendons independently.


5. Cloete Saddles’s bar pads are designed in conjunction with the saddle tree to accommodate asymmetry, muscle atrophy and injuries in horses – unlike any other saddle in the market.

The foam used in our bar pads is designed with an open – and closed cell dual-functionality, which ensures that our saddles fit well in motion, as well as in the horse’s static position.
(Fun fact: this foam is designed and supplied for Mercedes Benz SA)
Our bar pads are also removable (by means of an easy to use velcro system), as well as shim-able – allowing a rider to wash and reconstruct their bar pads as needed.

6. And last but not least; the craftmanship of Cloete Saddles has been recognised as being a cut above by many a master craftsman.

All this and more obviously sets our saddles apart from the ‘run of the mill’ saddles and up there alongside the saddles made by the saddle masters in North America.

We trust that those who have an eye for quality and class found the above info superfluous.

Most saddles shipped within Canada, will ship via Canada Post.
Deliveries beyond Canada’s borders are placed in the capable hands of DHL Express which safely ships our Cloete Saddles to wherever on Earth our clients are located.

Our trees are made of Polyurethane, which is chemically engineered according to Franco’s specific research-based specs.
The perfect combination of urethane, glass strands and roven matting fused with elastomers, ensures the rotational flexibility of our saddle trees.
Cloete Saddles trees are also cable rigged, light & durable. The bars are custom built to an individual horse’s back profile measurements.

The approximate weight of our saddles is between 16 lbs/7 kgs and 20 lbs/9kgs, with the Cloete Endurance Saddle being the lightest in our product range and the bulkier Western saddles weighing in at a managable 20 pounds!

We offer a 5 year warrantee on our saddle trees and 2 years on the saddle itself (leather parts), depending on whether the saddle is used under acceptable riding conditions.

The price of your Cloete Saddle includes an initial 3-D back profile assessment visit (+- 1 hour), custom constructed saddle tree, hardware of your choice, leather/seat leather colour & stirrups of your choice and a second follow-up visit to make sure your saddle fits you and your horse comfortably.

Note: the $230 fee for the initial 3-D back profile assessment is waived when an order is confirmed by a 50% deposit.