Every part of a Zandeo saddle has a function and is made from the best material for the job.
There were many criteria that the design needed to satisfy such as low weight, durability, ease of production, functionality (for different horses and riders) and ease of maintenance. The aesthetics of the Zandeo saddle is a by-product of the principle of “form follows function”. When riding bareback you will see two pressure points under the seat bones where most of the riders weight is concentrated.
Zandeo saddle trees are produced in only two sizes, a narrow to medium wide and a medium to extra wide tree (depending on the thickness of the padding used in the numnahs) The saddle tree is a rigid structure whereas the skirt panels are dynamic and flex as the horse moves. The carbon fibre tree is there to spread the weight of the rider over a larger area, and to passively facilitate the posture of the rider. I don`t believe it has to be hard work to have a good seat. The cantle, ground seat, relative thinness of the bars and the knee rolls all work together to facilitate a close contact classical seat.
It has been my aim to make a saddle that can be used on different horses. I will never call it a “one size fits all”, but it was a major part of the goal when I designed the saddle trees. The panels are attached to the tree with leather strings as was used in the late 1800’s stock saddles. These allow the weight distributing panels to hinge or pivot on the countour of the tree, thereby enabling the saddle panels to passively adapt to the profile of the horse it is used on. An important element of the pivoting panel is that it acts as a suspension, absorbing the movement created by the muscles and shoulders of the horse between the panel and the tree and not between the panel and the horse. This eliminates the common problem of friction between the saddle and the horse’s skin (seen as disturbed hairs). It also ensures that the saddle tree does not “dig” in behind the scapulae thereby causing pressure points and allows free movement of the shoulders.
I also believe that the contact with the horse’s skin should be a natural fibre, hence I use 100% merino wool fleece or real sheepskin on my numnahs. The numnahs are split in two and slips over the skirt panels. The reason for this is to eliminate all pressure from the spine.
Full Grain Veg tanned leather 3.5mm. Reinforced with nylon webbing. (This reinforcement is done to reduce stretching of the leather over time.) Stainless steel buckles.
English Billets (In V-rigging style)
Full Grain Veg tanned leather 3.5mm. Reinforced with nylon webbing. (This reinforcement is done to reduce stretching of the leather over time.)
Are made from webbing with leather protectors and stainless steel buckles.
Straps are 25mm wide . Reinforced with nylon webbing. (This reinforcement is done to reduce stretching of the leather over time.)
Are woven with soft nylon strings on stainless steel D-rings.
Performance plastic stirrups with aluminium inserts and stainless steel bolt and dome nut.
The seat is made of full grain upholstery leather with a 10mm memory foam inner. Zandeo Saddles also feature thick, soft knee rolls with optional water bottle pockets in front of the knee rolls.
Different colour themes are optional with black and brown being the standard colours. The saddles can be ordered with a horn for western or trail riding.