Barefoot® Merlyn - Dressage Saddle

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  • Description

    Innovative Dressage saddle in soft leather with extra short skirts for Cobs or small riders.

    (different width inserts are available for purchase separately)  Ultra light with Barefoot-s well-proven VPS system. The extra narrow seat and special flat and short skirts allow excellent contact between the rider's leg and the horse. The detachable seats means the saddle is extremely flexible and adapts itself precisely to the horse's body shape. The open stirrup attachment is fixed between the seat and the saddles under construction and can easily be adjusted, given the rider an exact fit. Riders with unequal leg length can achieve an optimal position by moving stirrup attachment.
    The saddle has a lower cantle. The anatomically contoured seat has a non-slip surface; the soft knee roll gently stabilizes the rider's leg into the correct position. The saddle is fitted with a flexible V-Girth.

    As with all Barefoot saddles, the Barefoot 'Merlyn' can be placed further forward on the horse, thus placing the rider directly above its centre of gravity, making it easier for the horse to balance the rider's weight. Due to the lower cantle (about 2cm), the saddle is optically a little lower at the back than our other models.
    As with all the Barefoot range, the medium sized pommel insert is exchangeable. 


    • flexible in all dimensions (X,Y,Z)
    • no pressure and therefore no restriction to muscle development
    • open stirrup bar can be positioned
    • flexible V- girth
    • VPS system
    • seat and extra short skirts gives you close contact
    • weight only approx 5kg  (depending on size)
    Medium width pommel insert as standard (different width available to purchase separately)

    Size 1 & 2
    Colour : Black


    pant size
    pant size
    Merlyn 0
    Merlyn 1
    32-34 (4-6)
    36-40 (8-12)
    44-46 (28-30)
    44-48 (28-32)
    Merlyn 256415342-46 (14-18)50-54 (34-38)

    Please note: The length of saddle (A) is the overall length. Since there is no pressure at all in the rear part, the horse can move freely. Even if the saddle looks a little too long on your horse, choose the size according to your measurements. It is very important that the saddle fits the rider well, so he has enough space between thighs and pommel and does not sit on the pommel or cantle, which would limit the saddle's adaptability. The horse's back is free of any pressure at the rear – the Barefoot can even be lifted slightly at the cantle with a rider on board.

    This is a non stock item that has to be ordered in. Simply purchase and we will dispatch as soon as item arrives in with us, usually within 7-14 working days

    Barefoot Saddles FAQ

    Balancing saddles through the saddle pad

    Pommel insert measuring template

    Using the Barefoot Saddle System

    Correct change of Barefoot Front Pommel

    Care and Maintenance of Barefoot Products

    Healthy back due to our VPS System

    VPS stands for vertebrae protecting system. It consists of a combination of different materials which enable the rider’s weight to be distributed evenly over the largest possible saddle area .Even at a standing trot, the rider's weight is distributed over the entire saddle surface there is therefore no weight restriction for riders. For more information see: Barefoot flyer VPS-System.

    Adjustable Velcro stirrup suspension

    The adjustable Velcro stirrup suspension is attached between the seat and the saddle substructure and is therefore easy to adjust. This means that the saddle can easily be adapted to riders with different leg lengths simply by moving the stirrup suspension either backwards or forwards.

    Narrow Stirrup-Attachment

    Narrow stirrup attachment approx. 2.5 cm width, suitable for all English stirrup leathers and narrow fenders.

    Barefoot high quality leather

    Barefoot high quality leather

    Exchange pommel Size Middle

    We normally deliver this saddle with an exchangeable pommel insert in size MEDIUM. Each Barefoot saddle is equipped with an exchangeable pommel at the front, which allows it to be adapted to the shoulder width of your horse. With the help of our measuring template you can easily determine the correct size of pommel insert for your horse (Link: Measuring template + instructions).

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