Exploring the world of riding saddles

In this article, for the my passionswe will explore the different types of riding saddles available on the market 😊

Each type of saddle is specifically designed to meet the needs of different disciplines and riding styles.

Riding saddles can be made of various materials, including leather, synthetics and advanced technical materials. The choice of material will influence the comfort of the rider and horse, as well as the durability of the saddle itself.

High-quality materials offer greater durability and comfort, but may cost more.

Also, consider the presence of padding and inserts that provide better support and cushioning while riding.

There are various types of riding saddles, each designed for specific disciplines and riding styles. The main categories include:

English riding saddles:

They are widely used in sport riding, including show jumping, dressage and field riding.

These saddles are characterised by an elegant and sober design, with a flat shape and a shallow saddle. They are equipped with a padded panel to ensure the horse's comfort and a flexible archway that adapts to the shape of the horse's back.

Jumping saddle:

Jumping saddles are designed specifically for the discipline of show jumping.

These saddles feature a shallow saddle and a flexible archway to allow the rider to easily move forward and upright during jumps.

They are equipped with knee locks and a front panel rise to give the rider more stability during fast movements.

Dressage saddle:

Dressage saddles have a deep structure and a flat seat, which allows the rider to maintain a correct and stable position during dressage exercises.

The depth of the saddle helps the rider feel more in the centre of the horse and promotes better weight distribution.

The saddle is usually made of high-quality leather, which offers comfort, durability and a good grip.

Endurance saddle:

Endurance saddles are ideal for long distance and endurance riding competitions.

They feature a lightweight and comfortable design with thick padding to absorb shocks and distribute pressure evenly over the horse's back.

They usually have a wide rear arch and a shallow saddle to allow the horse greater freedom of movement.

Western saddle:

Western saddles are typically used in western riding, such as rodeo, trail riding and team roping; perfect for work with cattle or long rides in the wilderness.

These saddles are designed to offer the rider stability and security during the horse's fast movements and lateral movements.

They have a wider arch and a deep saddle with a high pommel and a cushion behind to support the rider's torso

The main parts that make up a saddle are:

Archon:

The archon is the upper part of the saddle, which forms the base on which the rider rests.

It is usually made of wood or reinforced synthetic material, designed to provide stability and strength. The archway determines the width of the saddle and its general shape, which may vary depending on the discipline and type of horse.

Saddle:

The saddle is the central part of the riding saddle, where the rider sits. It is generally padded to ensure comfort and support for the rider while riding.

The saddle can be flat or slightly concave, depending on the discipline and the rider's preference.

It is made of high-quality leather or durable synthetic materials.

Front and Rear Quarters:

The front and rear quarters are the two side parts of the saddle that surround the rider's thighs. The front quarters, located in front of the rider, are often equipped with knee blocks, which provide greater stability and support while riding.

The hind quarters, located behind the rider, offer additional support to the torso during the horse's movements.

Girth

The girth is an adjustable strap that attaches to the saddle under the horse's belly and holds the saddle firmly in place during riding.

Brackets and Stirrups:

Stirrups are the platforms where the rider places his or her feet. Usually made of metal or durable synthetic material, stirrups allow the rider to maintain balance and control while riding.

Stirrups are the straps that connect the stirrups to the saddle, allowing the rider to adjust the stirrup length according to his or her preferences and the horse's needs.

Choosing the right saddle, according to discipline and individual characteristics, is essential to ensure better communication and performance during equestrian practice

Before saying goodbye, I post a video I found on saddles: riding saddles.

One piece of advice I would give you is not to hesitate to seek advice from professionals to ensure the best choice for you and your equine friend.  

And as the speaker says in the video I posted...

It is not the horse and rider that must adapt to the saddle but the saddle that must adapt to the horse and rider!

Ciao, see you soon!

I Ponies del “Kappa” e la Meravigliosa Diversità dei loro Mantelli

Kei Katia and Carolina

of kei Katia already told you, she and one of the ponies I am very fond of because I had my first riding lesson with her and it is with her that I have done and am doing all the jumping and dressage competitions. And one of the 'oldies' at the riding school, nevertheless is very gritty and in competition is super!

Carolina instead is the pony I had my first fall with... What a fright I had! I had a bad fall but luckily I didn't hurt myself, I got up in tears from the fright but, I got back on the saddle and finished my lesson.

Reviewing the videowhich my mum did thinking of taking a simple grass lesson, (at the riding school, in addition to jumping and dressage, we also do grass cross-country lessons), probably Carolina, started to scramble from some insect bite and I was catapulted forward, fortunately without consequences. Carolina for us is the 'chubby one' of the ponies group she is very docile, she has big doe eyes so I was sure something unusual had happened to make her react like that.

Both Katia and Carolina have a piebald coat, i.e. they have spots, a different colour from the basic one, which may vary in size. The origin of the dappled coat is not known, and according to its colouring it is divided into different varieties. For example, there is a variety known as the Leopard cat with a grey or cream coat with small dark spots, almost resembling the coat of the Dalmatian dog, the dog featured in The Charge of the 101.

Maya

Maya is a pony which I used often last year, also very sweet and very feisty, When she gallops, she is very fast, usually she is the shooting leader of the group, i.e. the first pony in the line who opens the path and the other ponies follow. He has a sociable character but does not get along with Patty Pan, another pony I will tell you about in a moment, so during lessons they have to keep their distance because they are a bit like 'cat and dog'.

It is a Haflinger breed his cloak is saurian (not to be confused with the Cloak palomino),), with blond tail and mane almost to look white. On the muzzle Maya has a white list (i.e. a narrow white stripe running down the muzzle) and of the whales i.e. white spots starting from the hoof and extending more or less upwards so that they appear to be wearing 'white socks'.

Patty Pan and Lady

Patty I have ridden her a few times and I also get on well with her but I always have to be careful not to get too close to Maya because they don't get along very well and there is a risk that she will kick, whereas with the other ponies she gets along well.

Lady so far I have never mounted it, but some of my riding companions describe her as a very good pony Who knows... sooner or later I will mount it too 🙂

Patty Pan and Lady are the two 'white' school ponies, actually in horse coats absolute white does not exist because hair of different colours is always found, so the white coloured horse is called grey.

Guante and Veenstra's Zilla

Guante has only one flaw... she bites! So when I clean and skin it, I have to be careful because it is a bit 'naughty', his big teeth hurt if he 'catches' you, sometimes we are obliged to muzzle her, especially when there are younger children cleaning her, but Mounting is fun, she is also used in competitions and gets good results.

Veenstra's Zilla has a long name and for us it is simply Zilla. She and a pony close the shot during lessons, does not like having other ponies behindIts defect is that it kicks. During competitions a red ribbon is put on her tail, a recognition that serves to make known, to those who do not know it like competitors from other stables, that she is a kicking pony.

For both their mantle is called Sauro i.e. a colour ranging from reddish to blond in various shades and have a total absence of black hair. Sauro horses often have lists on their muzzles and the. Guante and Zilla have the list on their snouts, Guante has 3 balzanas while Zilla has 4.

Grantstown Lollypop and Achadh Dun Deal "Baloo"

Lollypop as Katia is my favourite pony, I often do lessons with her and she is also the pony with whom I jumped 85 cm 😉 I like it very much, she is so sweet but I have never competed with her yet.

Achadh Dun Deal is simply Baloo for us, in the riding school we all call him that and almost forget what his real name is. Until recently, he was the only 'boy' among all the ponies present at the pony school. I assembled him for the first time last week, during the gallop at first it seemed to me with a somewhat peculiar gait and gave me the impression of not galloping but trotting, but once I got used to it I got along very well.

Both of them both Lollypop and Baloo have a mantle called Baio but the two differ in the fact that Lollypop is Baio while Baloo is Dark Baio almost to look black; both mane and tail are black.

Elicrisio

Elicrisio is the latest newcomer to the pony school, another male as Baloo. The only two boys in the school. For now Helichrysum is only mounted by my older and more experienced companions but Sooner or later it will also be our turn, I can't wait!

He has a black coat that is called Morello. A peculiarity of a Morello horse/pony is that it has both hooves and black or very dark skin and eyes.

These are all the ponies from my riding school and I love them all! Now I'll post a few more photos with them 🙂

Ciao, see you soon!

Il kit di pulizia per i miei amici ponies

La Pulizia è molto importante!

Appena arrivo al maneggio per la mia lezione, la prima cosa che faccio è salutare tutti i ponies e i cavalli.

Li vizio un po’ perché mi porto sempre dietro qualche carota o biscottino per equini 😉

Nella mia scuderia c’è un’area dedicata ai ponies che si chiama “il villaggio Ponies”: c’è il paddock (il recinto dove i ponies stanno liberi all’aperto), 6 poste per la pulizia, la selleria e la postazione per far loro la doccia.

Al mio arrivo i ponies sono nel paddock; prima di uscire dal paddock con il pony per accompagnarlo nella posta (la postazione di pulizia), si mette la capezza (finimento utilizzato per legare e per condurre a mano il pony/cavallo; si mette passandolo dietro alle orecchie e circonda il suo muso) e la lunghina (una corda di circa due metri con in fondo un moschettone che si usa abbinato alla capezza e serve per accompagnare o legare il pony/cavallo) per poterlo accompagnare fuori dal recinto in sicurezza.

Per poter pulire un pony/cavallo in totale sicurezza prima di ogni cosa lo lego “ai due venti” (significa legarlo con due lunghine agli anelli laterali della capezza), così il pony durante la pulizia non può girarsi e non rischia di far male a me, a chi mi sta intorno ed anche a se stesso)

Nel kit per la pulizia è necessario avere:

  • per gli zoccoli: NETTAPIEDI, IL PENNELLO per il grasso
  • per il manto: STRIGLIA IN GOMMA O FERRO, the BRUSCA A SETOLE DURE E MORBIDE, SPUGNA MORBIDA
  • per la criniera e la coda: Il DISTRICANTE e dei PETTINI/SPAZZOLE appositi
  • per togliere acqua in eccesso dopo avergli fatto la doccia o il sudore dopo una lezione: la STECCA

Con il nettapiedi rimuovo i residui di fango, terra, sterco e truciolo incastrati negli zoccoli. La pulizia degli zoccoli è molto importante e fondamentale per il benessere dei nostri amici; è un’operazione che va fatta giornalmente e con attenzione per preservare questa parte da alcune gravi e fastidiose patologie che potrebbero tener fermo il cavallo per diverso tempo.

Durante la pulizia dello zoccolo ci si può accorgere se c’è la presenza di infezioni, ferite. L’uso del nettapiedi è anche un modo per capire se il cavallo ha qualche dolore che ti manifesterà togliendo bruscamente lo zoccolo.

Per pulire lo zoccolo bisogna seguire le scanalature naturali dello zoccolo dall’alto verso il basso (tallone punta), mai viceversa per evitare ferite accidentali.

Per quanto riguarda la cura dello zoccolo bisogna anche far controllare la ferratura. Il maniscalco è la persona che se ne occupa. Lo zoccolo cresce e in base al lavoro quotidiano tende a consumarsi e a essere irregolare, il maniscalco controlla ed effettua le operazioni di ferratura e la pareggiatura.

Queste operazioni sono importanti e da fare periodicamente.

Se un cavallo/pony ha lo zoccolo molto umido significa che ha bisogno di grasso che ha la funzione di impermeabilizzare lo zoccolo, quindi questa operazione varia a seconda della qualità dello zoccolo.

Il grasso va messo con un pennello apposito e lo faccio solo quando la nostra istruttrice mi dice di farlo.

Per la pulizia del manto bisogna iniziare usando la striglia che serve per togliere la polvere dal manto del cavallo. Si usa facendo dei movimenti circolari lungo tutto il corpo del cavallo, la polvere che man mano si accumula sulla striglia va eliminata.

Dopo aver strigliato il cavallo passo la brusca (la spazzola), per eliminare i residui di polvere dal pelo. La spugna morbida la uso per detergere gli occhi e le narici.

Per la coda e la criniera si usano dei pettini o spazzole apposite, è importante pettinare la coda e la criniera per evitare che si formino dei nodi. Prima di iniziare ad usare il pettine bisogna spruzzare, soprattutto sulla coda, il districante (tipo il nostro balsamo che è senza risciacquo).

Ora il pony/cavallo è pronto per essere sellato e iniziare la lezione 🙂

Una volta finita la lezione prima di rimettere il pony in paddock, bisogna dissellarlo, quando fa caldo con temperature molto alte si può fare la doccia completa soprattutto sulle gambe e sulla schiena dove c’era la sella, in quella parte il pony ha sudato parecchio ed è tutto bagnato.

Quando fa freddo non viene fatta la doccia completa, si coprono con la coperta per tenerli al calduccio. Per togliere l’acqua in eccesso dopo la doccia o il sudore si una la stecca.

Ciao, ci sentiamo presto! 🙂

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