The saddles I recommend and why...

At Holistic Equine Saddlery & Tack, you won’t find any rigid tree saddles. My experience as an equine sports therapist, has shown me that the horse will always be more comfortable and able to perform at his peak, when the saddle is flexible enough to accommodate the movement of his back in motion.

An often used analogy is shoes: for human's not horses. If you are going to partake in some form of physical activity, be it going for a jog or taking a leisurely stroll in the park, 9 times out of 10 you would choose to put on your runners. And if you didn't, half way through your physical endeavor, you'd be wishing you had! You would most likely decide to leave your wooden clogs (rigid tree ;)) back at home as you know that you will not be able to perform your athletic endeavors comfortably in those!


You only have to watch a horse playing and running around his pasture, to see how much oscillation and flexion there is in his back. It just makes sense that the saddle should allow for this movement to continue when we are on their backs. 


Did you know that wooden trees were invented for military saddles? Soldiers needed to tie heavy packs to their saddles so needed a rigid frame to attach very heavy items to. Take a look back through history, saddles were pretty much treeless for many, many, years before horses were used in battle.  Thankfully, those days are over!


The weight distribution question! Basically, the more flexible the saddle, the lower the rider weight limit and/or time in the saddle, is my rule of thumb.  But don't just take my word for it, see what my customers below have to say...

EDIX Vika Child Saddle
Heather Moffett FlexEE Finale Dressage Saddle
Christ Cloud Special Fur Sadde
GHOST Western (USA)
Mattes Fellsattel
DP Flex Fit 2206 Western Saddle
GHOST Roma Saddle
Heather Moffett Vogue Iberica Dressage Saddle
GHOST Barocco Saddle
DP El Campo SKL Saddle
DP Buckeburger Saddle
EDIX Billy Kid Saddle
Christ Diamond Plus Fur Saddle
DP Flex Fit 2207 Western Saddle
EDIX Yasir Dressage Saddle
DP Espera Saddle
EDIX Tudor Dressage Saddle
Christ Iberica Plus Fur Saddle
DP Maxima Brilliant Dressage Saddle
Cavallin Mandriana Saddle
Kuda Elite Flex with padded inset seat
Heather Moffett Vogue Dressage Saddle
DP Opus Western Saddle
Christ Basic Plus Fur Saddle
Kuda Aussie Flex Saddle
EDIX Tiamo Saddle
GHOST Maremma Saddle
DP Startrekk Icelandic Saddle
Startrekk Comfort Western Saddle
Startrekk VSS All Purpose Saddle
Startrekk Endurance Saddle
Christ Stock Saddle Seat Saver
Startrekk Espaniola Deluxe Saddle
Kuda All Around Flex Saddle
Startrekk Espaniola Bonita Saddle
Startrekk Dressage Saddle
DP Rhonda Deluxe Saddle
DP Flex Fit 1305 Western Saddle
Heather Moffett Vogue VSD Saddle
Kuda Elite Flex Saddle with horn

scroll down to see the range of saddles on offer


Adjustable, Flexible, and Treeless Saddles

Dressage, Trail, Endurance, Western, Treeless, Baroque, Spanish, Icelandic, Jump, All Purpose, Vaquero, Cowboy Dressage, Classical Dressage, DP Saddlery has got you covered!

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Treeless/Adjustable Flex Tree Saddles

Dressage, Working Equitation, Western, Trail, Endurance, Cowboy Dressage, the list goes on!


Flex Tree Saddles/Non Adjustable

Western, Trail, Endurance, Cowboy Dressage

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Adjustable and Flexible

Classical Dressage, Trail, Endurance and general arena riding. An incredibly awesome and light weight saddle for everyday training!

Mattes Fellsattel
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Bareback Saddle

Dressage training, short trail riding, and for riders seeking the 'Bareback riding' experience.

EDIX Santos compl. brown front fur pad b

Dressage, Western, Trail, Endurance, Kids, All Purpose.

Treeless and soft tree saddles which are adjustable and flexible