Which Tree Is Right For Me
With the option of 2 types of saddle tree, picking your next saddle can be a bit daunting especially if you aren’t a saddle fitting expert! We’ve put together a handy guide below that might help you in your decision, and remember you can always give us a call and we’ll be happy to advise!
How often will you need to adjust your saddle?
If your horse changes condition quickly, your planning to change horses soon or you train horses before selling them on, the Gullet Tree may be most suitable as the width can be adjusted in a matter of minutes using only an Allen Key and any size Whitaker Gullet Bar. Our HeatMould Tree can be adjusted an unlimited amount of times, but is has a 2cm narrower or wider limit and requires a specialist heating lamp for adjustments. We can adjust your saddle for you, but it can mean you are without your saddle for roughly 5 working days.
Does your horse have an unusual conformation?
Our HeatMould Tree can be adjusted to your own template resulting in a more tailored, precise fit. Because each adjustment takes place by hand you can discuss any concerns with our friendly staff who can offer the best solutions. Our Gullet Tree uses the rigid steel Gullet Bars to retain it’s strength, and the bars cannot be adjusted to a specific shape so may not be best suited to some horses conformations.
Is weight an important factor when choosing your next saddle?
Our HeatMould Tree is injection moulded from a strong yet flexible polymer which ensures strength whilst still being exceptionally lightweight. The Gullet Tree utilises a steel Gullet Bar as it’s pommel to shape the tree which makes it slightly heavier.
Both the HeatMould and Gullet Tree are backed by a Lifetime Guarantee, so regardless of which tree you chose you can rest assured that your tree is of exceptional quality. However, if you would like some help you may find it beneficial to discuss your decision with a qualified saddle fitter. If you don’t have a regular fitter, simply contact the Whitaker offices and we can point you in the right direction!
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