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HEATHER MOFFETT FLEXEE RANGE

The HM FlexEE Finale is an extremely high quality European Leather saddle at an amazing price! It is built on a leather ‘tree’, a very old method of making a flexible saddle.

 

As with all Heather Moffett saddles, the Finale is ergonomically designed to allow the rider, even a total beginner, to sit in the correct ear/shoulder/hip/heel alignment with ease.

 

The Finale European Leather is incredibly soft but durable, the quality is absolutely unmatched in this price bracket! 


Each saddle comes with a full set of gullet plates and the entire range of Wintec Gullet Plates can also be used with this model. HM have also now released a new set of super wide gullet plates.

An HM FlexEE Synthetic Saddle is now BACK DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!!

HM FlexEE Synthetic Models:
Tree: Fully flexible leather-tree.
Gullet: Comes with full set of interchangeable gullet plates and can even be used without them!
Panels: Flocked pure wool serge panel.
Sizes: 15-18" (no half inche sizes)
Model: Dressage, VSD (Very Slightly Dressage), and GP
Finish: Clarino seat and knee pads only. Clarino is a synthetic suede-like material.
Colours: Black or Havana

The HM FlexEE Finale Models: Leather (Pittards) and Synthetic model (underside of flap and sweat flap is made of high grade synthetic material.
Tree: Fully flexible leather-tree.
Gullet: Comes withi full set of interchangle gullet plates and can even be used without them!
Panels: Flocked pure wool serge panels.
Sizes: 15"- 18" (no half inch sizes)
Model: Dressage, VST, and GP
Colours: Black, Havana, or London. 

The HM FlexEE Delxue Models: all leather (Pittards) model! 
Tree: Fully flexible leather-tree.
Gullet: Comes withi full set of interchangle gullet plates and can even be used without them!
Panels: Flocked pure wool serge or leather covered panels.
Sizes: 15"- 18" (no half inch sizes)
Model: Dressage, VST, and GP
Colours: Black, Havana, or London. 
Options: Leather covered panels at no extra cost, fancy stitching on knee area: upcharge applies.

FAQ'S

Are the stirrup bars set in the same place on both the Vogue Dressage/GPS/GPT and the FlexEE Dressage/VSD/GP?

All HM saddles are designed using the theory that a saddle should help you to sit in a correct position and you may find that the stirrup bar placement feels different to other types of saddles. All of our GP saddles have stirrup bars that are placed further forward than our Dressage saddles so they should still enable you to jump, as well as sit in a more balanced position without having to fight the stirrup bars, which are nearly always placed too far forward. Ours allow the rider to sit in the ear, shoulder, hip, heel alignment with ease.

What kind of numnah/saddle cloth should I use with the FlexEE/Vogue?

Assuming that you don’t need to use any padding with your saddle (you will be advised on this during your fitting or via email consultation), then we would always recommend a plain high wither saddlecloth to be used with your saddle. In fact we would advocate using a high wither numnah or saddle cloth with any saddle, on any shaped horse, so that there is no danger of it pulling down over the horse’s withers and making them sore. We also find that it is better to use numnahs with short d-ring straps with our saddles rather than long straps that wrap around the girth straps – you usually find these on a Dressage style numnah.

My girth seems to get looser when I am sitting on the saddle – why is this?

The saddles are so flexible, they react to the rider’s weight. When your weight is on the saddle, the saddle will be compressed and therefore lower towards the horse’s back. This, in turn, means that the girth will become looser, particularly with a brand new saddle that has never been sat on before. Therefore, we recommend that for the first couple of rides you keep checking your girth to make sure that it is secure until you get to know the saddle and until it beds in.

What is the difference between a Fhoenix and a Vogue?

The Fhoenix was the forerunner to the Vogue and is no longer in production. They are both made from the same materials but the Vogue is the latest version and, therefore a superior saddle to the original Fhoenix, the main difference being that the Vogue has a narrower twist and provides more spinal clearance than its predecessor, although there are other variations as well.

What are shoulder shims?

Shoulder shims are only used on the older style synthetic FlexEE, now only available used. That style of FlexEE has moulded ‘Owen’ panels that are laced in like a normal panel at the back and are velcroed into position on the front. Most horses (except for very wide horses with no wither) need more substance around the shoulder area to support the saddle so we have made the synthetic saddle more versatile. The ‘legs’ of a French panel can be easily added to the underside of the saddle just by using Velcro. The FlexEE Finesse does not require shoulder shims as it a French panel saddle.

Do I need to use knee rolls?

This is very personal to you. We make all our saddles with Velcro pads to attach knee rolls, as we understand that we are all different shapes and sizes and so we have made sure our saddles are as versatile as possible in this respect. You can even use different knee rolls, for example, from an old saddle if you prefer, just as long as they have Velcro!

Why do you use Dressage girths with all your saddles including GPs?

This is because they are less bulky under your leg, which gives you better contact and also more comfort for the horse. It also means that the pressure distribution is much better, because the girth straps are attached at 3 points along the length of the tree (Y-shaped girthing system) and not concentrated to one area.

I have been advised to use padding with my saddle but surely a well-fitting saddle shouldn’t need padding!?

Due to the flexible nature of all our saddles, we don’t make adjustments to the saddles themselves (except for the gullet plates in the FlexEE leather saddles) so we would use padding to help with balance. However, more often than not we recommend padding because there is muscle wastage and, whether using a treed saddle or a flexible saddle, we would always advocate using the padding to replace the lack of muscle in an area and then fit the saddle to that. This means that you are not only giving the horse more protection where they need it, but also not hindering them developing that muscle, as they will not be restricted by a tight fitting saddle.

What is the difference between an Owen panel and a French panel?

Most horses will need a French panel (see picture below), which means that there are ‘legs’ which run down the front of the saddle down the horse’s shoulders, but if you have a very wide horse then this may be too much. The Vogue would then be a better choice!