Berney Bros. ‘x’ Flat Seat Saddle is designed to aid and support the rider through all disciplines, most especially jumping. This saddle is made with top grain cow hide on the seat and knee cushions and top quality vegetable tanned so that the leather fibres hold their strength and durability over time. As with all of Berney’s saddles, this saddle is made with a 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 more blood 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. This modern style saddle has a medium seat and a stylish square cantle. The square cantle provides the rider with more room and movement in their forward seat and jumping position. The forward cut flaps have soft cushioned knee pads and large knee and thigh blocks. The combination of the knee blocks with cushioned knee pads at the front and the thigh blocks at the back give the rider a definite and secure leg position. The knee blocks apply a gentle pressure above the knee to aid and support the rider in a more forward seat and then the thigh blocks are positioned behind the leg allowing plenty of scope for the lower leg to move when jumping but providing support when needed in cases where riders may be jumping down a drop out on the cross country course. By having two flaps this saddle suits a jumping rider that may want to alter their girth while warming up and just before they enter the competition arena. The two flap system allows quicker and easier access to the girth. This saddle is fitted with three buffalo hide girth straps that are attached to two separate cross over webs that are strong and durable. 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.