We use exclusively European leather for our kieffer quality products and have for many years been working only with tanneries that fulfil our high requirements on production processes and quality.
As manufacturers of quality leather products we feel not only an obligation towards our customers to produce according to the most advanced ecological principles and methods, we must, of course, also comply with the relevant EU legal guidelines. To ensure compliance, our suppliers are also required to provide us with proof and specific information on the processing methods and quality of the leather for every delivery. Among others, process-related characteristics such as leather thickness, colour and surface must meet certain DIN standards, as must the mechanical properties of the leather, e.g. tensile strength, stitch tear strength or the folding endurance.
It is very hard for the customers nowadays when purchasing a new product to recognize what kind of quality the leather really is or even whether it is genuine leather at all. It is only when using for example the saddle that the true quality of the material is revealed. Therefore, it is important to consult a professional saddle dealer for advice.
Since the production of high-quality leathers is very complex, requiring much labour time and usually also considerable offcut, our demanding quality standards are also reflected in the price. For example, from a whole hide, which is up to 6.5 m² in size, on average only 70% of the material can be utilized and about 30% is scrap because of blemishes due to injuries of the animal or similar "natural defects". However, considering the long usage time and in particular the durability, the price for leather is very favourable in comparison.
We will be glad to help you find a competent qualified dealer or master-saddler near you. Simply send us an e-mail.
Leather is supple, soft and elastic, while at the same time very low-abrasion and extremely hard-wearing. Furthermore, it is breathable and of excellent skin tolerance, which has a positive effect on the rider and horse alike. Another quality of leather is the typical patina which develops after some years of use when properly cared for and which always gives leather its special effect. Click here for our Leather Care Products.
Saddles as well as snaffle and double bridles are rather popular as stolen property. Every year, thousands of saddles are stolen and resold as second-hand goods. As of 2010, kieffer in cooperation with the Bavarian Association of the Union of Recreational Riders of Germany (VFD) offers a saddle registration scheme. Find more detailed information at www.sattelregister.de.
Yes, for many years now, all kieffer saddles have been made adjustable to meet changed conditions of horse and rider. Click here for information on the adjustability of our saddles.