But it seems one of the most important parts of the equation, the saddle, has seen little advancement. That's something that I've personally noticed, so this video came as quite a surprise.
Bua Saddles have come out with a custom saddle that changes the equipment from the base up. I like the design and the ideas behind it, but of course I have my concerns:
- As a hunter/eq rider, this saddle does not fit the aesthetic of the show ring. I'd like to see the saddle in a more traditional look with the same benefits, if that's possible.
- Others have brought up that the springy tree might affect how you communicate with your horse through your seat. Personally, the people riding in the video seem 100% there with their horse, but this is advertising. I'd be willing to test this out.
- I don't buy that it fits every horse.
|Photo from Horse Collaborative|
The high end sellier Voltaire has introduced a "smart saddle" as Horse Collaborative. The saddle's flexible tree was studied by UC Davis, where they found that the saddle actually had neurological benefits to the horse. Along with that therapeutic tree, "[The saddle] can tell you for how long you rode your horse, how much time you spent walking, trotting, cantering. It can tell you the length of your horse’s stride and the course you jumped. If your horse goes more to the left or right, it will track that. It can tell you the speed you went and after you ride the same horse five times, it will recognize your horse immediately" (Horse Collaborative, World's First Smart Saddle).
Personally, I was impressed by CWD's flexible panels that allow more freedom of movement. Both of these saddles appear to be major steps forward in creating better athletes, two legged and four legged alike. All I can do now is think of even more ways to improve upon the traditional saddle design.