Saddles

Quality, materials and workmanship

Premium leather, first-class workmanship and long durability

As premium manufacturers of quality leather products we feel not only committed towards our customers to produce according to the most advanced ecological principles and methods, but we must, of course, also comply with relevant EU regulations.

Process-related qualities such as leather thickness, colour and surface must meet certain DIN standards, just as must the resulting properties of the leather, e.g. tensile and stitch tear strength or the folding endurance. For years, we have used only high-grade European hides to ensure that Kieffer quality products meet these exact quality requirements.

Advantages of a leather saddle

  • Leather is a natural material, very abrasion-resistant and hard-wearing
  • Leather saddles are breathable and skin-friendly, with a positive effect on both rider and horse alike
  • Quality leather feels supple, soft and flexible
  • With correct care, a leather saddle is can be extremely long-lasting
Saddle trees and adjustability

Performance, advantages and origin

Kieffer saddle trees are made of high-quality, glass fibre reinforced synthetic material and fitted with a soft, permanently elastic seat covering. In case of emergency, the recessed stirrup bars ensure a safe opening even after years of use.

All present Kieffer saddle trees are adjustable. Depending on the model, the width of a Kieffer saddle tree can be adjusted either thermally by heating in an infrared process or by cold adjustment of the gullet plate using the Kieffer alteration bench. This can be done by a qualified dealer, master saddler or in our own service department.

Quality characteristics:

  • Individual adjustment & optimal fit
  • Comfortable Medico seat & innovative gullet plate
  • High elasticity & flexibility
  • 5-year warranty against breakage of the saddle tree
PPH-synthetic saddle tree – the standard model
PPH-synthetic saddle tree – the standard model

PPH-synthetic saddle tree – the standard model

For over 40 years, the Kieffer standard saddle tree has been popular with riders and favoured for its distinctive cut back pommel. This characteristic not only provides horses with a freedom of withers but also gives the rider a safe and comfortable seat at all times.

Adjustability

As our synthetic saddle trees do not have a gullet plate they are adjustable to the required size in an infrared process with the Kieffer alteration bench. The saddle is clamped onto the bench and the front part heated. After adjustment the saddle must remain fixed on the bench for at least 12 hours to cool off.


Saddle tree 'Exclusive' with integrated gullet plate
Saddle tree ”Exclusive“

Saddle tree 'Exclusive' with integrated gullet plate

This advancement in the field of saddle trees increases safety as well as riding comfort particularly in the seat region.

Gullet plate and stirrup bar form a unification made of high-quality steel which is inset in the upper area of the saddle tree. This system exclusively
patented by Kieffer, leads the stirrup bar closer to the saddle tree – the result is a narrower pommel and more seating comfort in the front part of the saddle.

With its integrated gullet plate, the saddle tree model "Exclusive" greatly facilitates adjustment of the saddle tree to the horseback – for example when purchasing a new saddle or as required due to muscular or nutritional changes of the animal. In order to fit the saddle tree, the saddle is simply mounted onto the Kieffer alteration bench and adjusted by cold processing to make it either narrower or wider.

Another advantage of this construction is that an escape of the stirrup bar is in actual fact impossible.

The gullet plate is located above and not below the saddle tree as is usual, consequently sharp corners can herewith be avoided. In the case of a saddle tree with a narrow set fitting for a horse with a slim body shape, the gullet plate does not deform in a V-shape but remains in a rounded shape to prevent jamming the withers.

Of particular importance is the fact, that because of the seamless connection of gullet plate and stirrup bar the pressure caused by mounting the horse is distributed evenly over the whole saddle tree – this prevents the saddle tree from deforming. A deforming of the saddle tree, occurs in many saddles over a long time period and may result in a tilting of the rider´s seat which of course would have negative consequences for the rider and the horse.

Adjustability

With its integrated gullet plate, the saddle tree model 'Exclusive' supports an easy fit for a new saddle purchase and aids adjustment of the saddle tree which may be necessary due to muscular development of the horse or a change of horse ownership. In order to fit the saddle tree, the saddle is simply mounted onto the Kieffer alteration bench and adjusted by cold processing to make it either narrower or wider.



Saddle tree '1000'
Saddle tree '1000'

Saddle tree '1000' – for normal and wide backs

This saddle tree consists of Polypropylen with a glass fibre reinforcement. The seat comes with a Polyurethan-Membrane and provides a pleasant sitting comfort. The stirrup bars are made of a special stainless steel alloy with a load capacity amounting to 1.700 kg. The forged gullet plate is simple and steplessly adjustable.

This saddle tree is especially suited for horses with normal or wider backs and enables the use of a bolted panel.

Adjustability

Because of its forged, high-quality gullet plate, the saddle is steplessly adjustable as often as necessary. In order to fit the saddle tree, the saddle is simply mounted onto the Kieffer alteration bench and adjusted by cold processing to make it either narrower or wider.

Panel types
Standard saddle panel
Standard saddle panel

Standard saddle panel

This panel is suitable for horses with a normal round back – especially for horses with a significant difference in height between the withers and the 18th thoracic vertebrae.

The horse’s back should be evenly muscled in order to provide an even contact area for the panels avoiding bridging or pressure points.

As an option, this panel is available with an enlarged volume in the rear that is 1,5 cm higher than on the usual standard model and allows a greater adjustment potential when more height is necessary.


Drop Panel
Drop Panel

Drop Panel / DP

The innovative ‘Drop Panel’ provides a significant larger contact area and a more voluminious cushion behind the shoulder in comparison to our standard panel. In particular, horses with problems in the trapezium muscle area or with hollow shoulders will benefit from this extra new feature.
The contact area on the horse’s back is optimized to prevent bridging or pressure points being built. The possibility that the saddle can swing in harmony with the horse’s movements is not influenced in any negative way by the ‘Drop Panel‘.

This panel allows a greater adjustment potential when reflocking is needed and offers the saddler a better choice of adaption of the panel for a soft and perfect fit.

Due to its various adaptabilities, its softness and its supportive effects on muscle growth, the ‘Drop Panel’ has become one of Kieffer’s most popular panels and is optionally available for almost all dressage and general purpose saddles.


Passage saddle Panel
Passage saddle Panel

Passage saddle Panel

Saddle panel ‘Passage’ with its shortened panel at the front (half panel) complements Kieffer´s saddle panel options and provides an even better freedom of movement around the shoulder. Due to its specific cut it is eminently suitable for well-trained horses with a wide costal arch.

For horses as mentioned above but with atrophies in the shoulder area, the ‘Passage Panel‘ is also available in combination with ‘Drop Panel Cut‘.

The saddle panel ‘Passage’ is available for all dressage saddles with knee rolls positioned on the saddle flap.


Short Panel
Short Panel

Short Panel

Our shortest saddle panel is suitable for horses with special requirements. Standard saddles often rest over the lumbar region on horses with a shorter back. We at Kieffer have developed a special short panel to cope for horses having a comparatively short contact area or a significant rising lumbar vertebrae.

The dressage models ‘Inzell’ and ‘Salzburg’, which are also available as general purpose saddles, can be ordered as standard models with this short panel.

This panel variation is optionally available for almost all dressage saddles.

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Most kieffer saddles are carefully hand-made in our company headquarter in Munich, Germany. Every working step - from the choice of our materials through to the finishing touch - represents bavarian craftmanship with passion for detail.

Robert Götzenberger, Chief Executive Officer, Georg Kieffer GmbH

The name kieffer is synonymous with quality since more than 160 years and regularly convinces the equestrian world with innovative new products. For more than 13 years now I have introduced my experience as professional dressage rider from the dressage arena into kieffer’s product development, and I am proud that high-quality saddle models for dressage enthusiasts continue to emerge from this successful cooperation.

Ulla Salzgeber, Dressage Rider, Olympic Gold medallist, World and European Dressage Champion, Germany

"With regard to products from kieffer, I am full of praise! After 10 years of riding on saddles "made-to-measure" – my last saddle cost 3,600 euros – I have realized that this investment wasn't actually necessary. Now that I have been riding the new kieffer saddle for some weeks, I wouldn't like to swap any more. Although my horse does not have an easy saddle fit and I have special requirements due to the paralysis in my legs, it has been no problem to find a new saddle, thanks to the flexibility of the new kieffer saddle tree and, of course, kieffer's support. This saddle is not only super for my horse and for me, but it's also really beautiful!"

Hannelore Brenner, Para Equestrian Dressage Rider, Paralympics Gold Medallist, World and European Para Dressage Champion, Germany

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.

Sir Winston Churchill, british politician and author (1874 - 1965)