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Can Equipe Saddles Be Adjusted?

In the growing world of adjustable saddles, more riders of all levels are exploring saddles that give greater flexibility in their fit. Horses grow and change shape for a plethora of reasons such as increased exercise or diet changes, and some horses change because they simply haven’t stopped growing.

The popularity and convenience of an adjustable saddle has somewhat been overshadowed by the misconception that adjustable saddles aren’t as good quality as “standard” saddles – this simply isn’t true! Nowadays, high-end saddle manufacturers are able to offer adjustable options on some of their saddle models, but what about Equipe?

If you are still a bit confused about which saddle or any saddle related product is best for you why not get in touch with our friendly customer support team. Via phone on 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 Equipe and What Kind of Saddles Do They Make?

If you are unfamiliar with the brand, Selleria Equipe are a hugely popular Italian saddle brand, who manufacture a range of high-quality saddles for dressage, jumping, eventing, and endurance. Equipe boast a fantastic range of saddle lines, with models to suit a variety of styles, disciplines, and sizes. They have four main lines of saddle, with different features and models in each category: E-Carbon, Emporio, Platinum, and Theoreme.

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What Is The Difference In Equipe Saddle Lines?

The difference in each of these lines is the tree. The E-Carbon is the brainchild of cutting-edge technology carefully married to fine Italian craftsmanship. The tree is made from shock-absorbing carbon-fibre, making it incredibly lightweight compared to a wooden tree, with all of the durability and structure needed in a high-performance saddle.

The Platinum line of saddles are classic and traditional, crafted with a beech wood tree reinforced with steel to keep the structure of the tree strong and elastic.

Both Theoreme and Emporio line saddles feature a synthetic tree; the Theoreme line is customisable while the Emporio line is not. The customisable options can allow the customer to alter features such as seat size, wither opening, size/cut of the flap (Pony, Short, Standard and Long and Extra Long), knee rolls, panels, and billet positions.

For the Emporio, which is not customisable, saddles are available in standard sizes, which can get a bit confusing if you are not familiar, as Equipe have their own unique tree width naming system, starting with their standard size “Medium” and +1,+2, etc. for each size wider than the last such as Medium, Medium +1 (what other manufacturers might call “Medium Wide”), Medium +2 (what other manufacturers might call “Wide”), with additional widths available at extra cost. Depending on the model, Equipe saddles can accommodate seat lengths from 14.5 inches to 18 inches.

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What Kind Of Panels Do Equipe Saddles Have?

The panels on Equipe saddles are made of foam. Some equestrians are wary of purchasing foam panel saddles; due to their inability to have adjustments in the way that wool-flocked panels can be adjusted. However, they are growing in popularity and can last a very long time. The foam can always be replaced if need be. This is a very personal preference, but we here at The Saddle Bank encourage the mentality that the best saddle for you is one that fits you and your horse. Luckily, Equipe saddles are available to trial directly from us here at The Saddle Bank. So you can see for yourself if an Equipe would be right for you.
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So, Can Equipe Saddles be Adjusted?

The answer is: somewhat. Equipe themselves state that, should the need arise, they can modify the opening of the saddle tree and change the panels directly. With the view in mind to increase longevity of saddle use, even if the size or the shape of the horse changes. Or to fit a different horse altogether.

However, it is important to note that not all of the Equipe lines are able to have the tree adjusted. They can of course they can have the panels changed. Only the Platinum, Theoreme and Emporio lines can currently be altered. Previously the adjustments are done by Equipe themselves, and so the saddle will need to be shipped to them in Italy – this is not always the most cost effective or efficient method of adjustment. Many riders still send their saddles to Equipe to be adjusted however there is a UK recommended saddler who can alter them here in the UK. If you are interested in this option please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0345 030 4916 or email info@thesaddlebank.com

Are Equipe an ‘adjustable saddle’?

Equipe saddles are unfortunately unable to be altered in the way one may think of a typical adjustable saddle. The foam panels mean that a saddle fitter would not be able to make a great amount of adjustments to your saddle on-site with you and the horse. The adjustability of Equipe saddles is not designed for riders to be able to do themselves; like we may see with other brands such as Bates or Fairfax saddles. Which are much more typical of adjustable saddles.

While there are ways that some Equipe saddle can be altered, they are not a manufacturer which jumps to the top of the list when looking for an adjustable saddle. With that being said, Equipe make incredible saddles. Nearly every Saddle Bank customer that tries a saddle from them never return it; and some only need one ride in an Equipe saddle to be totally hooked!

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How Do I Try An Equipe Saddle?

We have a great range of new and secondhand Equipe saddles available directly on our website. Take a look at our range of Equipe saddles available here.

The Saddle Bank offer 5 Day Trials on all Quality Used saddles to UK Mainland customers. Therefore, you can try the saddle before committing to keeping it.

Full details on our trial policy can be found here.

Are you from outside of the UK? No problem. The Saddle Bank offers international shipping.

Just email us for a quote info@thesaddlebank.com

The Saddle Bank can deliver your new saddles direct to your door.

Have you a saddle that you are looking to sell?

Get in touch with our super friendly team by filling in our Sell A Saddle form here!

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If you  live in the Peterborough, East Northamptonshire, or South Lincolnshire areas you can even book a fitting directly with us at The Saddle Bank here.

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Learn more about how saddles should fit….

If you are a horse owner or rider and would like to learn more about saddle fitting. As well as how the saddle can impact your horses performance and welfare, click on the link below:

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