Our Saddle Adjustability

What makes our saddles different? The attention to detail and quality as well as our craftsmanship is only one part of the equation. Lightweight and durable, the adjustability of our saddles makes them truly unique. 

Saddle Tree

The saddle tree is the foundation of our custom fit. Every Cloete Saddle tree is individually handcrafted in-house and constructed to be lightweight for performance and comfort, according to every individual equine’s 3-D back profile/simulator. We construct our trees with poly-urethane-isocyanate (a chemical specially engineered by a South African chemical engineering company as per Franco’s particular requirements). The substance quality of the urethane tree enables ideal rotational flexibility as it yields to the dynamics of a riding pair’s body motion. 

Cable Rigging

Cloete Saddle trees are equipped with a continuous, insulated aircraft cable that serves as rigging attachments, allowing rigging position to be self-adjusting according to every equine’s unique needs.

Our cable rigging system reduces saddle weight and minimizes bulk, which in turn promotes closer contact between a riding pair.

The Seat

Cloete Saddles offers a first ever shimable and adjustable, posture-enhancing seat, which facilitates correct spinal and pelvic alignment. Our seat inner is contoured from a combination of hi-tech foams and has a three piece seat construction (rather than a one piece draw-down seat). This construction steps the comfort-levels up a notch, especially for the ladies. We make sure to address the perineal triangle when crafting our seats. An extra bonus feature which makes our Cloete Saddles seat even more comfy is the pressure relief groove that accommodates the soft tissue of the perineum.

All of our saddle seats are standard black, but we can happily throw in a funky colour if you’re up for it.

Saddle Bar Pads

Our saddles come with repositionable bar pads which can influence saddle fit. The bar pads can be shimmed to adapt to your equine’s fluctuating condition and make it possible for one saddle to be used on various horses within a certain conformation range.

It is also possible to address asymmetrical shoulders, injuries, and correctional issues with our customizable bar pads.

Stirrups & Stirrup Straps

A single-strap stirrup system reduces the bulk and weight of our saddles and can be repositioned for the balance requirements of your unique riding discipline.

The shock-absorbing foot bed of our stirrups and pre-twisted fenders provide optimal leg comfort.

A streamlined T-buckle enables effortless adjustment of stirrup length.