Which Whitaker saddle is right for me?

Whitaker supply a range of saddle options, but which one is right for you and your horse?

We have an extensive range of saddles that will support your specific riding interests.  Be sure to focus on what you need both now, and in the future, as it is a significant investment

Buy a good quality saddle - it matters

Whether you are a general rider, just starting out as an enthusiastic junior, an experienced eventing adult, or just like a casual ride with your horse at weekends, your saddle needs to support your horse, and the type of riding you enjoy.  Our film below gives an overview that may help you decide.


Buying a saddle is an important part of securing your riding experience

Buying a saddle is an important part of riding experience as it will ensure you and your horse enjoy your time together, without any discomfort, accidents or issues.

Taking a closer look at design features, fitting instructions, ongoing care and maintenance of your saddle should all form part of your selection process, not just how it looks. That means working with a specialist supplier that knows and understands the equine industry.

Whitaker – up there with the best suppliers

Whitaker supplies a range of saddles, both genuine leather and synthetic, suitable for different disciplines.  Whether you ride for fun, professionally, at events and competitions, regularly, or just at the weekends, the Whitaker saddle range has something for everyone.

But what saddles do riders prefer?

General purpose saddles

A range of general purpose saddles (for adults and junior riders) are available through John Whitaker for training, general riding and hacking purposes. Stocked in a wide range of sizes, saddles can be bought in both black and in light havana (brown).

Dressage saddles

The Harrogate Dressage Saddle by Whitaker features straight cut flaps with large padded knee rolls to encourage correct positioning and excellent posture.

As with other Whitaker saddles, it is a lightweight design, made from genuine leather with a part synthetic underside for ease of cleaning.

The Highgate Dressage Saddle is for junior riders and based on the Harrogate design.

Jumping saddles

The Bedale GP real leather Jump Saddle by Whitaker is a medium cut, lightweight option, with a regular depth seat.  It’s versatile enough to be used for various disciplines, including jumping. 

Specific features include: large padded knee rolls, easy care synthetic leather underside, and quick adjustment mechanism with just an Allen key. There is also a customisable cantle plaque.

The Overton Jump Saddle is another option for jumping. It features a forward cut and shallow seat, helping with balance and providing a high degree of comfort while jumping

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Hunting saddles

The Hebden Working Hunter Saddle by Whitaker features a straight cut flap with a slim line padded knee roll, making it ideal for both working hunter and dressage disciplines.

It’s lightweight, made from genuine leather and has an interchangeable gullet bar system, for ease of fit.

You can watch films about all the above saddles in our video library.

We want to build lasting relationships with customers that trust in our abilities

As a sign of our goodwill, we are pleased to provide you with an opportunity to download a free Whitaker discount voucher below.

Download our discount voucher and use it to buy a high quality saddle from our extensive range of equipment equipment and saddlery at www.johnwhitaker.com

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If you’d prefer to speak to a member of the Whitaker team about your requirements, then please call us on 01706 340500.  Just let them know you’ve read through blogs and they’ll be able to help advise you.

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