KM saddles are designed, tested and developed by highly experienced experts, enabling riders and horses to perform optimally!
Public tests at NHB Deurne have established that the saddles have a perfect fit on the horse’s back, that they distribute the pressure optimally and give the horse the biggest possible freedom of movement. These tests were carried out in collaboration with Carolien Munsters, who has a PhD in equine sport physiology.
The saddles are wide next to the spine and have a lot of shoulder freedom. This has also been proven by years of practical experience. You see many horses with (back) problems recovering under a KM saddle. As a result, many equine physiotherapists and chiropractors, including Rodinde Hoogeraad, also recommend their customers to use a KM saddle.
We have our KM saddles produced in our own factory in England. This factory is affiliated with the Society of Master Saddlers. This association has existed for over 50 years and strives to admit only the best factories to their association, every year.
Because we have everything in-house, we can adjust every saddle to your liking. KM keeps up with the modern times; it is possible to personalize your saddle as desired and almost anything is possible!
The saddle tree
A horse’s vertebrae runs down the middle of the back. The saddle tree of a saddle also runs over the middle of the horse’s back and can therefore block the vertebrae. This is not the case with the KM saddles, because the saddle tree is considerably wider than the standard saddle tree. The result of this is that there is no pressure on the vertebrae. This allows the vertebra to move more freely and will minimize the risk of back problems for your horse.
The width of the special KM saddle tree also ensures that the pressure is better distributed over the two saddle cushions. The wide saddle tree supports better in the middle of both cushions, instead of on the inside. With a normal saddle, the pressure on the cushions would be very close to the vertebrae, but with the KM saddles the pressure is further away from the vertebrae. This creates much less blockages, so that the horse can move more freely and easily.
With the KM saddles, the branches that run from the saddle tree to, among other things, the flaps are flexible. The saddle can therefore follow the movements of the horse and will spring along with it. As a result, the saddle stimulates the movement instead of breaking it down.
The filling of the KM saddles is English sheep’s wool, in the Netherlands this quality of wool is very rarely used. This wool adapts completely to the back of the horse. This does mean that a new KM saddle must be checked after 3 months and adjusted if necessary. This is because the wool forms and then may need to be corrected. This can be done on the spot with minor surgery. After that, we recommend having the position of your saddle checked once a year.
The cushions of the KM saddles are also filled in a special way, so that the cushions are not round, but flat. As a result, the back muscles are evenly loaded and there is no pressure point anywhere.
The leather used for the KM saddles is of a high quality. The saddles are made of English leather, which means that the leather is very supple and soft. Together with the wool it forms to the back of the horse. This makes it an optimal shock absorber.
For a rider it is important that a saddle is as comfortable as possible. The saddle should support you but not force you. Here too, attention has been paid to the KM saddles. You can decide for yourself whether you want a deep or flatter seat. The knee rolls also come in many different shapes and sizes. This way we ensure that the horse can move optimally and that the rider can sit optimally!