Each saddle has an individual number which is recorded, together with all the information and specifications for that saddle. If you’ve had the opportunity to ride in a Kent Saddle, like it, and are interested in buying a similar saddle, simply phone with the saddle number and we can look up the relevant information.
Always keep in mind that if you are riding in someone else’s saddle, it may not be the right size, and the fenders may be the wrong length, which is not conducive to a comfortable ride. As a general guide, we recommend that if you are sitting in the saddle on the horse with fenders of the correct length, and there is room for the width of the flat of your hand between your thigh and the back of the knee pad, then the saddle is a good fit. Shortening the fenders changes the angle of your thighs and results in a tighter fit in the saddle. Conversely, lengthening the fenders gives more room.
On average about 13kg mounted depending on size and mounts. This compares favourably with many felt lined flap saddles which can weigh 16-17kg, and western style saddles, which often weigh over 30kg. We are careful not to compromise strength to save weight.
Spring Bars are similar to those on a flap saddle with the fenders under the flap instead of over. Spring Bar fenders give more freedom of movement, especially forward, so someone who has been riding in a flap saddle would adjust to them easily. The Spring Bar fender has the added safety advantage that if the rider gets thrown and hung up, chances are that the fenders will slip off the spring bar. Fenders over the tree are designed for a person who likes to ride fairly straight up and down, dressage or western style. Our saddles have a rock bar where the fender strap goes over the tree which has a pivoting affect as the fender moves back and forth with the leg.
It depends on:
- The type of country you are riding in (hilly or flat country)
- The style of horse you are riding and whether the saddle fits the horse well
- If the horse is inclined to buck
- Your personal choice
We recommend that you try without, especially with our cable rigging which balances the saddle really well.