Berney General Purpose Saddle

This general purpose saddle is our most versatile saddle, suitable for riders of all levels, it provides comfort riding in any discipline. This saddle is handmade with a full grain cow hide seat and knee pads and premium vegetable tanned leather flaps which means the leather fibres remain strong and durable over time. Traditional styled round cantle gives a very secure seat and the modern square cantle offers more freedom of movement to the rider. As with all of Berney’s saddles, this saddle is made with a medium deep laminated beech wood spring tree that is strength tested to the British Safety Standard. By using a spring tree we were able to achieve added shock absorbency while keeping the saddle lightweight. We designed the tree with a higher gullet plate and cut back head to accommodate the horses with more prominent withers. The material we use to achieve the ultimate comfort and welfare for the horse is our fully leather lined panels flocked with pure new wool. The biggest advantage that this material provides against others is that it spreads the weight of impact over a bigger surface area allowing the horse full use of themselves. Pure new wool also retains its spring and shock absorbency over time and moulds to the shape of the horses back compensating for horses changing shape throughout the season. The forward cut flaps with soft knee pads affords the rider a comfortable and secure seat. The long moulded knee roll in the front cups your knee for extra support and a stuffed roll to the back of the riders leg runs the full depth of the panel. This knee roll system gives the rider a lot of support and allows you the flexibility of riding with a longer stirrup length for flat work and shorter stirrup lengths for jumping. The panels are flocked with ‘pure wool’. The biggest advantage that this material provides against others is that it spreads the weight of impact over a bigger surface area allowing the horse full use of themselves. Pure new wool also retains its spring and shock absorbency over time and moulds to the shape of the horses back compensating for horses changing shape throughout the season. This saddle is available in sizes 17” and 18” for the rider. We recommend riders under 6ft. and 12.5 stone to go with a 17” and riders above that t go for an 18”. The fit refers to the shape and prominence of the horses withers. We find that a medium fit is perfect for 95% of horses. However if your horses has a very high wither, most commonly found with more blood horses then a narrow fit may be better and if your horse has a ‘mutton shoulder’ or relatively low withers then a wide fit would be better.