CarboTech is a new dressage saddle based on a saddletree made of carbon fibre, designed specifically for riders who enjoy being in contact with the horses.
CarboTech is a new dressage saddle based on a saddletree made of carbon fibre. Saddletree is the most important element of a horseback rider’s saddle. Riding comfort depends on this particular part. Traditionally, they are made of wood, which makes them sturdy, but heavy. This is problematic because dressage horseback riders sit deeply in the saddle all the time without standing on stirrups. This particular type of horseback riding engages a lot of the back muscles and the spine. Without proper training, intensive care and technique, it makes the life and training of a horseback rider quite difficult.
The saddletree uses carbon fibre as its main material. Carbon fibre’s light and strong nature makes the saddle not just lighter, but also flexible and durable. The design of this saddletree features a three-layer structure. The first and topmost layer is designed to be comfortable and it is fitted to the rider. The middle layer is made of an elastic material, which cushions the horse’s movements and is designed to protect and support the rider’s spine. Finally, the last layer is specifically profiled to be comfortable for the horse.
The general form of this saddletree was conceived based on many tests, iterations and models. During the design process, the first step was to cast the form out of the test horse’s back. The second step was to investigate wood saddles, other examples, and look deeply into ergonomic issues before addressing the problems.
After careful examination, this process resulted in the design of the cushioning layer (made of Sylomer SR42). Later, the top layer was created based on other saddles. Finally, after many models, iterations and corrections, the prototype was finished, which led the design of the CarboTech dressage saddle.
CarboTech is a single-flap saddle, designed specifically for riders who like contact with the horse. It has anatomical blocks, which are integrated on the knee rolls. It helps the rider to sit in the right position. The saddle is suited to sports horses. Visible in the saddle head, the construction of the saddle is reinforced by carbon fibre overlay as well.
Marcelina Nowak, Poland