Freedom Holistic SemiFlex saddles are bespoke saddles developed by Barrie Swain, and manufactured in Walsall, England. The SemiFlex tree moves with the horse and allows the rider to feel and connect with that movement.
If the saddle cannot flex with the horse's spine it will restrict the normal curvature and movement of the spine, therefore the horse will not be able to maintain natural balance and the rider will feel unconnected.
As the horse develops and grows stronger he will change shape dramatically. It is imperative the saddle can allow for this. If it cannot and it becomes too narrow the solid points of the tree will bear down on the withers under the weight of the rider, causing discomfort and distorted musculature. Blood flow will be restricted and tissue damage can occur.
These problems are eliminated by the SemiFlex system. The SemiFlex tree flexes from front to back when the rider sits, and the points flex in and out with the horse's movement, providing optimum comfort for the horse.
All SemiFlex saddles are made to order and may take up to 4 weeks to be delivered. They are available in 16", 16.5", 17", 17.5", 18" and 18.5" sizes in black or brown buffalo leather. Because of the large range of options that are available for each saddle, please contact us and we will work with you to come up with the best specification for your horse and you.