Initial phase with a new Barefoot saddle
Barefoot saddles adapt very well to the individual horse's back, ensuring a perfect fit, as they do not sit rigidly on top of the horse, but form themselves around the horse's body. After a so-called initial riding-in phase, during which the new Barefoot saddle needs time to adapt to the form of the horse's back, the saddle will fit perfectly and no longer slip, even in difficult terrain. Our unique spine protection system (VPS® System), which consists of various flexible materials, has two functions: a) it absorbs pressure from the rider’s weight and b) it distributes this pressure evenly over the horse’s back, so that there is no pressure on the spine.
During the first few hours of use, the Barefoot saddle system will gradually adapt to the form of your horse's back.
When starting out with a brand-new Barefoot saddle, it may seem a little wobbly and the rider may feel like he is sitting enthroned above the horse. With use, the leather will become suppler and the padding will gradually settle down. You may also find the saddle slipping occasionally during this period. We therefore recommend taking it easy for the first few hours; walking only will be sufficient to start with. After every ride you will notice that the saddle has settled down a little more. Our materials are selected to allow the saddle to shape itself round the hose's back whilst still retaining their stability.
A Barefoot saddles retains its flexibility, so it can be used on a different horse and will re-form and itself round the new horse’s shape.
If you change from using a treed saddle to the treeless Barefoot saddle, it may take a little getting used to at the beginning. Your seat in a Barefoot saddle will be a little wider than in a conventional saddle, and you will also feel the horse’s movement more distinctly. This too, will take a few hours to get used to.
The Barefoot saddle will give you a slightly different position to a conventional saddle; because you will be sitting nearer to the horse, you will probably have to spend some time finding your ideal seat again. Your will find your seat on the Barefoot wider and less restricted. This is ideal for beginners, because, from the beginning, the rider learns to balance himself and develop an independent seat.