We want you to have a saddle that fits you and your horse well, so our saddles are custom made to your requirements.
When purchasing an Equaliser Saddle you can choose from any of the following options.
Leather – Smooth or Rough Out
We recommend rough out leather for heavy work conditions as it resists scratches and gives better grip for the rider. An option is rough out seat and knee pads with the skirt and fenders smooth. A completely smooth out leather saddle is also available, however we don’t recommend it for work conditions.
Most of our saddles are made either rough out (i.e. flesh side out) or a combination of rough and smooth because:
We find that the rough side of leather stands up to everyday wear and tear better than the smooth side
The strongest part of the leather is the smooth side so it needs to be protected from damage by scratching and rubbing
A cut on the smooth side will open up whereas the rough side of leather can be cut half way through without opening up
A scratched smooth out saddle doesn’t look too good therefore affecting resale value
Rough out seats and kneepads also give a better grip