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John Whitaker Hebden Show/Working Hunter Saddle – Review

The John Whitaker Hebden saddle is an adjustable working hunter saddle. The saddle is part leather, part synthetic designed as a lightweight, easy to clean and maintain adjustable show saddle.

Here at The Saddle Bank, the worlds most trusted online saddle retailer, we think the Whitaker Hebden is a fantastic, well priced, adjustable show saddle. 

In this article we discuss all things Whitaker Hebden and why the saddle is so popular for children and adults alike. This should help you decide if a Whitaker Hebden is right for you. If so, why not trial one from The Saddle Bank. The Saddle Bank offer 5 day UK mainland trials on all new and used saddles with fast next working day delivery. If you are overseas don’t worry – we ship worldwide!  

If by the end of the article you are not sure if the Hebden is right for you and your horse, get in touch with our friendly customer support team via phone 0345 030 4916 or email info@thesaddlebank.com. Our lovely team are always happy to help as much as they can and provide you with the information you need to make the best decision for you and your horse.

Who are Whitaker?

Whitaker otherwise known as John Whitaker International is a British brand of equestrian apparel and horse products. Their product range includes rider wear, rugs, tack and accessories. Whitaker offer a variety of ranges to suit a variety of budgets.

What do Whitaker offer?

Whitaker offer a range of full and part leather, adjustable saddles, affordably priced. Their range includes GP’s, Jump, Dressage, and show saddles. Some saddle models are available with a heat adjustable tree, whilst others have the adjustable gullet tree.

John Whitaker Hebden Show Working Hunter Saddle Features

  • Quality calfskin seat for rider comfort.
  • Wool, felt and latex flocking system with memory foam cushioning for the horses comfort.
  • Classic straight cut flap to show off the horses shoulder.
  • Tonal stitch and piping detail around the seat.
  • Available in 15″, 15.5″, 16″, 16.5″, 17,” and 17.5″ in both Black and Light Havana(Brown).
  • A super simple adjustable gullet system with bars ranging from Narrow to Extra Extra Wide to enable you to change the width in less than 5 minutes.

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Traditional VS Modern

If you are traditionalist who prefers a leather saddle or possible a part suede show saddle you may be turning your nose up! But wait! Keep an open mind. How often do show ponies, cobs and hunters change shape throughout the year? Quite often! How convenient would it be for you to swap out the gullet bar in less than 5 minutes and have the correct size fitted for your horse or pony? Amazingly convenient!

Although traditional leather show saddles from the likes of Black Country, Ideal, and Fylde are fantastic, beautiful saddles, they are also not as easily adjustable.

The Whitaker Hebden can also work really well as an every day schooling saddle for your show horse. This will enable you to keep your expensive English leather show saddle in tip top condition by only using it for competing!

adjustable show working hunter saddleWho are Whitaker Hebden’s suitable for?

The John Whitaker Hebden Show Working Hunter saddle is great for anyone wanting a budget friendly, easy to adjust show or working hunter saddle. This adjustable working hunter saddle is available in Black and Light Havana in 15″, 15.5″, 16″, 16.5″, 17,” and 17.5″.  With a variety of seat sizes available this saddle will fit a range of horses from 12.2hh show ponies up to 17 hh show hunters. Gullet bars are available from Narrow through to Extra Extra Wide. Therefore, they are ideal for horses who lose/gain weight and muscle throughout the year.

How much is a John Whitaker Hebden Saddle?

The Hebden retails for £895 but is commonly found available in the market for less making it one of the best value saddles available.

Our opinion on the Whitaker Hebden

The quality and price of these unique show hunter saddles make them a cracking buy for anyone looking for a saddle for everyday schooling and competition use. They are comfortable, adjustable and affordable. What’s not to love?

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How to change a Whitaker Saddle Gullet Bar

Are you a horse owner/rider who would like to learn more about saddle fitting? Or learn how the saddle can impact your horses performance and welfare?
Click on the link below to learn more about how to recognise signs of a poor fitting saddle.

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