Finding the right Saddle Tree and Panel combination for different horse types

Assigning Saddle Components correctly

Which Kieffer saddle corresponds best to the shape of your horse's back?

The following information chart helps you finding the right Kieffer saddle by chosing the correct saddle tree and panel combination. Get an overview which saddle tree is suitable for which horse type and which saddle panel variation is available.

Possible combinations for saddles fitted with Saddle Trees ‘Standard‘ and ‘Exclusive‘

The Kieffer saddle trees ‘Standard’ (without gullet plate) and ‘Exclusive’ (with gullet plate) are characterised by an open, distinctive cut back pommel, a curved form as well as longer tree tips. Both are well-suited for normal to high-withered horses with normal to curved backline.

Saddle Panel Options

Standard - classic cut with standard volume for flocking

Drop Panel - enlarged volume and contact area at the front of the panel

Passage - half panel at the front - with Drop Panel option

Shortened panel in the rear - with lower volume and smaller contact area

Saddle panel options Saddle panel characteristics Which panel for which horse type? Dressage Saddles Jump Saddles General Purpose Saddles Endurance Saddles
Gusseted Panel,
Panel Cut:
Standard
Classic cut with standard volume for flocking • Horses with a normal round back and a adequetely developed muscles Action, Ascona, Bavaria, Lech Profi, Lusitano Evo, Lusitano Kur, Malmö, Paris, Piet, Sterntaler, Ulla Salzgeber, Rusty, Ulla, Wall-Street, Wien Jump Vario, Koof AT, Koof FL, Liverpool Aachen, Europe,
Garmisch, Garmisch
Evolution, Zurich
Gourbi
Gusseted Panel,
Panel Cut:
Drop Panel
Enlarged volume and contact area at the front of the panel • Atrophies behind the shoulder
• High withers
• Slightly swaybacked
Anna, Wellington, all models with Standard Panel   All models with Standard Panel Gourbi
Gusseted Panel,
Panel Cut:
Passage
Shortened panel at the front • Wide back / wide costal arch
• Well-muscled
Bavaria (with rolls on the saddle flap), Champion, Lech Profi, Lusitano EVO, Lusitano Kür, Passage     Gourbi
Gusseted Panel,
Panel Cut:
Passage
+ Drop Panel
Shortened panel at the front combined with Drop Panel Cut • Wide back / wide costal arch
• Atrophies behind the shoulder
Bavaria (with rolls on the saddle flap), Champion, Lech Profi, Lusitano Evo, Lusitano Kur, Passage, Young Profi G-Pony     Gourbi
Gusseted Panel,
Panel Cut:
Short Panel in the rear
Shortened panel in the rear with lower volume and smaller contact area (-1,5 cm) • Very short back
• Significant rising lumbar vertebrae
Inzell, Salzburg, all models with Standard Panel     Gourbi
Gusseted Panel,
Panel Cut:
+ 1,5
cm more height in the rear
Enlarged volume in the rear of the panel • Significant difference in height between the withers and the 18th thoracic vertebra
• Slanting or straight saddle position
All models with Standard Panel All models with Standard Panel All models with Standard Panel Gourbi

The saddle models Athen, Florenz, Orphee, Kieffer’s Monoblatt, Kieffer Move® and Distance are fitted with individual panel cuts.

Our recommendations for Saddle Trees ‘Standard’ or ‘Exclusive’

Horse with slightly swaybacked backline and sloping lumbar vertebrae

High-withered horse with longer slope into the saddle contact area

Horse with short, rounded back and significant rising lumbar vertebrae

Horse with well-balanced contact area and slightly sloping lumbar vertebrae

Possible combinations for saddles fitted with Saddle Tree ‘1000’

Saddle Tree ‘1000’ (with gullet plate) is characterised by its shuttered pommel, a straight form as well as shorter tree tips. This saddle tree is suitable for low-withered horses with a straight backline and highly recommended for wide-backed horses with a well-muscled topline.

Saddle Panel Options

Standard 1000 - classic cut with standard volume for flocking

Foam Panel with extra wide contact area

Saddle panel options Saddle panel characteristics Which panel for which horse type? Dressage Saddles Jump Saddles General Purpose Saddles Trekking Saddles
Gusset Panel,
Panel Cut:
Standard 1000
Classic cut with standard volume for flocking • For athletic horses with a straight, short contact area Lexington, Goteborg, Rotterdam, Young Profi M-Pony Arezzo, Arezzo
Exclusive, Jana
Le Mans  
Foam Panel,
Panel Cut:
Standard 1000
Classic cut • For athletic horses with a straight, short contact area   Arezzo, Arezzo
Exclusive, Jana
   
Foam Panel with extra wide contact area Extra wide contact area • For horses with a wider back and straight, short contact area Brugge     Kieffer´s Trail,
Trekk Vario

Our recommendations for Saddle Tree ‘1000’

Overbuilt horse with slightly curved backline and conical shaped torso

Horse with long and straight backline

Horse with relatively straight backline and slightly sloping lumbar vertebrae

Horse with well-balanced contact area and slightly sloping lumbar vertebrae