Barefoot Physiologic Saddle System
Over the span of a lifetime, the back of a horse has to bear a lot – giving the reason for a closer look at it from a physiological standpoint: The back of the horse is not naturally created to carry rider and saddle.
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Only correct training under a well-fitting saddle enables a horse to arch up his back and reach far and powerfully underneath his center of gravity. By doing so, the necessary muscles are formed which stabilize the columnar vertebrae – eventually turning the horse into a riding-horse. The thoracic vertebrae are most stable between the withers and the 15th vertebrae. Here, the horse can equilibrate the weight of rider and saddle the best.
This is where we come into play:
Comfort and healthy back 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; 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 – thus aiding the horse in equilibrating his weight.
Comfort for the rider
The Barefoot adjusts its shape to all kinds of different stages 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, making it ideally suited for beginners and even riders with handicap. The seat is comfortable and cushioned – ideal for a long ride. These saddles can be fitted onto 99% of all horses, making them ideal for riding stables. Even the rider’s back is comforted thanks to the soft and elastic way the horse’s movements are transmitted.
Barefoot Saddlesystem with VPS
Construction of VPS Systems:
Upper Material (Leather or DryTex)
pressure absorbing elastomer, Level 1
pressure distributing polymerlayer
pressure absorbing elastomer, Level 2
leveling fleece lining
A combination of elastic, low rise and dimensionally stable materials such as pressure absorbing elastomer and leveling polymer distributes the weight of rider and saddle ideally and along the largest possible area. The construction of the panels to the left and right of the columnar vertebrae ensures a distinct space over these and the withers. Even when standing in the stirrups (posting trot), the weight is evenly distributed – so there is no limit to rider’s weight. We use solely topsmooth materials which adjusts evenly without punctual hardening. The kodel fleece lining towards the horse levels small bumps.
Using a pressure measuring device on a moving horse it is easy to estimate where and during which phase peak pressures occur caused by the saddle. Judging the pressure distribution of the saddle is thus possible. We have put all Barefoot Saddle through the test – by objective and independent institutions. The analysis is shown by a graphic diagram – sensors underneath the saddle measure the weight along a specific area. All Barefoot Saddles have achieved optimal results in regards of weight distribution: even when used by a heavy rider and at a posting trot there are no peak pressure points. Punctual weight distribution in the area of the rider’s seat bones, the horse’s shoulder as well as bridging is obviated. All saddles allow a free withers as well as spine canal. And: all pressure points are in the green zone!
Pads confectioned especially to fit under each Barefoot saddle, our pads complete the Barefoot saddlesystem. Barefoot Physiopads are designed for specific demands when it comes to absorbing and distributing pressure – be it during long rides, usage by heavy riders or on horses with visible columnar vertebrae. Barefoot Specialpads complete the Barefoot Saddlesystem in regard of absorbing and distributing pressure in the daily routine. Additional comfort is established by the downward side close to the horse as it levels out temperature and dehumidifies plus reduces slippage. All pads can be padded individually.