The Luc Childeric DNL Dressage saddle is built on a Wood and Steel tree from Aged Birch trees carefully selected for these saddles. They are handcrafted in France taking many hours to make.
The panels in this saddle are hand carved to give optimium contact with the horse while making the saddle to fit over the shape of the horse. The welt in the seat is hand stitched in to avoid hard stitching lines under the rider's leg and a much smoother shape.
The DNL saddle is a slightly Forward Balance saddle with a deep seat and not quite as straight as the DHE model.
This dressage saddle is created around Childeric's unique tree technology and pays considerable attention to freedom of movement and comfort of the horse, thanks to its anatomically shaped panels and carefully positioned points. The saddle also incorporates a 'Y' girth system, which introduces a new alternative girthing system to their collection.
This saddle allows the rider to remain in a really good balance through the pelvis and so influence the horse in a relaxed and easy way with both seat and leg.
The size of the Childeric tree cannot be adjusted. Minor adjustments can be made with pure wool felt shims by a Childeric trained saddler.
Need help on Sizing?
Note: Please bear in mind that every horse is different and this table is a guide only. We have many different styles to suit all shapes and sizes. New Zealand & Euro sizes are measured from the top of the horse. (Withers to tail. C-D) UK, USA & Australian sizes are measured at the bottom of the horse. (From the centre of the chest to the rear. A-B)
How to Choose The Right Fit
The fit of your rug is very important to ensure the optimal comfort and ease of movement for your horse. Since horses of the same height at the wither come in a variety of shapes and sizes, it is useful to take careful measurements of your horse to choose the right size rug.
Using a soft tape measuring tape, measure from (A) t the centre point of the chest, across the point of the shoulder and to the point (B) the rear of the hind legs where you would like the rug to finish.
How do I know that I have the right fit
A well fitting rug will not move or rub your horse.
- Place the rug forward and in front of the wither. The chest buckle should be fastened on the first or second hole, leaving a small gap. Further back than this the horse may need a larger size.
- The neck line should sit well up on the neck clear of the shoulder with the shoulder gussets correctly positioned on the point of the shoulder.
- The rug should finish at the top of the tail for most horses (the tail flap will then cover the rest)
- Leg straps are looped through each other loose enough to prevent chaffing but not loose enough to hang any where near the horses hocks.
- Leg strap clips should face inwards to the horse to reduce the chance of catching on fences or other hazards.
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