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The horses spine should never bare any weight...


Shown are the panels in initial condition, with no load.  Notice the huge weight bearing area.


Above right,  you see a simulated representation of how the panel conforms to a horse’s bent back.

The panel ends are extremely pliable so as not to hinder the horse’s lateral movements and turns. This also prevents interference with the scapula.


With a slender horse, for example, the panel would assume this angle. Here, on one side, we simulate the angle for a wide horse. In this shape, the panel can conform to a horse with extremely wide shoulders. NOTE:  This is my hand on the front edge of the panel without a rider in the saddle


 YES... This is a system that can fit a wide variety of back shapes and allow you to go freely from horse to horse  with little to no additional adjusting by you, the customer.

With this system on the incredible inserts, there is more than enough room for even the most distinctive, widest withers under these saddles. Click Here for photo's of  the fit on a high withered horse.


The panels- by Dupont is made from Delrin are very flexible. This synthetic material is both heat and cold resistant and extremely sturdy. 


Above is the  panel shown with out an encasement and with the encasement.  The encasement is used on all saddles that do not have a traditional western skirt.  This encasement is tough it is the same material used on the Ranch Handler water & muck carts and the fabulous kangaroo feed bags.  (The panels that we produce are beefy and built to last.  Each panel with the mounting hardware weights 2 pounds each!  So a pair of panels is 4 lbs., which actually weigh as much as the saddle tree it self.) Below is a close up of the stainless steel slide plate and the nickel/aluminum rivets that are used.  Also the back side of a panel that is not encased.   Under this foam layer is another layer called the backer layer that keeps the washers in place and working.  It also keeps the hardware counter sunk so that absolutely no pressure spots will ever appear nor will the bolt that holds the panel into the insert ever fall free from the panel.

   This panel with the Stainless Steel Slide plate- is produced on an ultramodern water jet CNC (computer number controlled) cutter.  An expensive procedure, but hard to out do for accuracy. The panel has cuts and feathering in the top area along the spinal processes of the withers –allowing for a softer fit. The front of the panels are rounded and feathered, designed for a scapula overlap of up to 3 inches- if needed for short backed horses, making it comfortable for all different types of back shapes.


Let us take a close look at the dynamics of this rigid tree saddle.

As your horse stands, with its head up he has a slightly bent back, which a rigid saddle may bridge, leaving a gap in the center of the back, putting pressure on the four corners of the saddle.

When your horse turns, one side becomes shorter and the other longer. A conventional saddle cannot adapt to this movement, and this results in increased pressure at certain points.

A horse with its head lowered has a relatively straight spine. As with a horse that move down hill, more pressure is place on the front edges of a conventional saddle.

Therefore conventional saddles will always produce certain pressure points-at some time-at some point, depending on the basic shape of the saddletree. Fact.



Mutton withers?  A frame withers?  A flat rear back or an angled rear back?


 The System X fits them all.

A soft shoulder?  A deformed shoulder?  Or how about a knobby one?  It does not matter the System X fits them all.

A sway back?  A flat top line?  How about an angled shoulder with a flat rear back - the twist?  System X fits them all.

How about that tree? The tree makes system. Narrow thin, strong bars with flaired ends allow free movement of the System X panels that give the rider close contact. 
Just 1.25 inches from the back of the horse to the bar of the saddle.  Add a pad that is 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and then compare that to ANY other saddle.  Due to that flair, on a flat backed horse the saddle when viewed from the rear, can sure look high off of the horses back.