English saddles and tack convey a singular image of elegance, from the accoutrements on the horse to the apparel of the rider. While both rely on straightforward yet rigid simplicity, English saddles and tack do have variations depending on the discipline involved.
The English saddle is flatter than its Western counterpart, giving the horse more freedom to move and the rider more contact to provide direction. The all-purpose or eventing saddle is designed to handle flat terrain as well as jumping fences. The dressage saddle is very simple, for handling in the ring, while, jumping saddles, as you might guess, are more geared toward show jumping or foxhunting. You will also see variations in design for polo saddles and racing saddles.
An English saddle pad is necessary for mutual comfort; the girth and breastplate needed for the saddle will depend on the discipline. Your choice of irons and leathers will also depend on the discipline, as well as your level of experience. English spurs should be a part of your tack choice as well. From hardware to leather, be sure all the components match for a uniform look.
English horse bridles vary widely, due to the different styles of bits, nosebands, and reins. Particularly at the training level, a martingale or breastplate can help a stubborn horse refrain from throwing its head.
With all the choices out there, getting started with saddles and tack can seem daunting. That’s why State Line Tack offers not only a variety of options, but advice and direction to help you get in the saddle quickly and comfortably.