Designed from Understanding.




The Esprit de Luneville Dressage Saddle

The Strada Dressage Saddle's unique design offers a seamless interface between horse and rider and is the result of many years of painstaking research into the bio-mechanics of horses and dressage techniques.

The King of France once declared Luneville the capital of horses and it is to the fine horsemen that taught there, like Baucher and L’Hotte, that I dedicate this saddle.

The design concept is of simplicity and function. Unlike most other manufacturers we design and make the tree on which the saddle is built ourselves. The importance of flexibility and fit cannot be overemphasised.

The weight, stirrup bar position and girth attachment is vital to comfort, freedom of movement and aid application so after 15 years of development we present this product to our customers with confidence.

The main features are:

1. The Superflex® tree, designed to follow the movement of the horse, is made from a combination of high quality birch ply, leather, carbon fibre and Kevlar.
It is light in weight and gives the rider a feeling of connection with the horse and more effective seat aids. There are five different tree types that reflect the shape of modern sport horses and we specialise in fitting older breed types such as the Iberian and Arab.

2. The heat, humidity and pressure sensitive panels are covered in a very soft hide to keep the horses back muscles healthy and strong. The panels support the rider by being under the tree and automatically mould to fit the horses back. (In most modern saddles the panels are not always positioned directly under the tree which increases the chances of pressure points at the front and rear of the saddle.) Although the material we use in the panel absorbs shock, it cannot cause the saddle to bounce due its slow recovery characteristics at body temperature.

3. The girth position and attachment is under the saddle flap to prevent interference with the foreleg when moving in extension.

With this system the rider can position the saddle more accurately by using two of the three available straps; the first and second to position the saddle back (recommended) or the second and third to stop the saddle from sliding back (rare). This feature is more important than most riders realise!
The Esprit de Luneville dressage saddle has been extensively tested for over a year and has given our horses a remarkable increase in enthusiasm and expression of movement.

“We must never allow mindless tradition to stand between logic and progress!”

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