COMFORT FOR THE HORSE
All Barefoot Saddles are designed anatomically to follow the horse's topline and they are flexible in all dimensions - without a rigid tree. They adjust themselves ideally according to the horse's back and allow powerful strides out of the shoulder as well as arching of the back. Columnar vertebrae, as well as withers, stay free of pressure. Additionally, under a Barefoot Saddle, the shoulder and the loin area aren't restricted. The Barefoot Saddle positions the rider into the perfect saddle area, between withers and 15th vertabra - thus aiding the horse in equilibrating his weight.
COMFORT FOR THE RIDER
A Barefoot Saddle adjusts its shape to a horse's changing back be it due to training, age, or feeding. The necessary restuffing or even buying of new saddles is omitted. The Barefoot Saddle allows a close contact feeling between horse and rider, making it ideally suited for beginners and even riders with a handicap. The seat is comfortable and cushioned - ideal for a long ride. Barefoot Saddles can be fitted onto 99% of all horses, making them ideal for riding stables. The rider's back is also made comfortable thanks to the soft and elastic way the horse's movements are transmitted.
VPS stands for 'Vertebrae Protection System'. It consists of a combination of different materials, some more pressure distributing whilst others are more pressure absorbing. All materials are totally flexible allowing the saddle to instantly adjust to the horse's movements and changes to the horse's back. The VPS-System is not bulky and does not interfere with the rider's communication through the aids.
VPS aids the best possible weight distribution in the area that can carry weight, between the withers and the 15/16 thoracic vertebrae. Pressure points are eliminated, as pressure readings prove. The soft panel construction to the left and right of the spine allow for a distinct spinal channel and guarantee constant spinal & wither clearanance. The rider's weight is still distributed over the whole saddle area, even when standing in the stirrups (Rising Trot) - there is no rider's weight limit.
Very elastic 'sandwich construction' made of shock absorbing Elastomer layers and a pressure distributing Polymer layer.
All materials have a smooth surface and bevelled edges. Barefoot does not use upholstery material which could compress unevenly and create uneven pressure distribution.
Barefoot saddles are becoming more streamlined and "traditional" looking with each new development, but a Barefoot Saddle functions totally differently because of its 'inner life' with its VPS-System.
Under a Barefoot Saddle a horse can move freely, arch his back and therefore allow a true sideways movement of the spine. The horse can bend without having to avoid pressure on the back.
The Barefoot is the most flexible saddle in the world. It can therefore adapt, anytime, to any changes of the horse's back. A horse's back mainly changes due to seasonal changes, training or age. The back also changes shape (see illustration) during forward- upward movement.
A conventional saddle cannot keep up with the movement - it blocks at least part of the back muscles and therefore buildup of muscles is not possible and muscle atrophy is the end product. Under a Barefoot Saddle, a horse can let go, relax his muscles, stretch forward - upwards, without any pressure from above. The horse learns to move without pain and that moving under a saddle can be fun!
We have often noticed that horses increase their tempo, the strides automatically become bigger. And, the horse suddenly offers what a rider tries to achieve month after month through training.
Every horse's back is different. The back of the individual horse will change often during its lifetime, whether through age, training, disease or seasonal transitions. Whenever we ride, the horse's back is constantly in motion. The dynamic and ongoing changes in posture while the horse moves under the rider are determined by the level of collection, flexion and gait.
All Barefoot Saddles are designed anatomically to follow the horse's topline and they are flexible in all dimensions - without a rigid tree. They adjust themselves ideally according to the horse's back and allow powerful strides out of the shoulder as well as arching of the back. Columnar vertebrae as well as withers stay free of pressure; also the shoulder and the loin area aren't restricted. The Barefoot saddle positions the rider into the perfect saddle area, between withers and 15th vertabra â?? thus aiding the horse in equilibrating his weight.
The soft structure and flexibility of our Barefoot Saddles enables the horse to move without losing its natural grace, allowing full 'range of movement' while carrying the rider. The horses back can arch and thus enhances vertical and lateral movement of the thoracic vertebral column. The rider is placed right behind the wither therefore avoiding pressure on the loins while allowing full range of movement of the shoulder blades. This way the riders weight is carried without causing pain, discomfort and damage to the horse's body.
The horse should ideally not have any weight bearing beyond T14 but definitely no saddle should load the horses loin area behind the last rib (T 18). The area on the horse's back equipped to carry us the most comfortably is between the 9th and 14th thoracic vertebrae, this area is in fact a lot smaller than most of us think. This is particularly true if you own a horse that is short in the back. The further we move away from the horse's center of gravity the more likely it is that soundness problems will occur. The Barefoot Saddle wraps the riders weight around the horses center of gravity. If you look at your buttocks and upper thighs and compare the size of that area with the panels of a treed saddle you might find that the treeless rider actually distributes his/her weight over a larger area than the rider in a conventional saddle.
From a German translation - please accept my apologies!