Barefoot’s “Madrid” is a beautiful Spanish saddle that is a real treat for everyone who loves classical riding. It looks right and it feels right, giving the rider a deep, secure seat.
Closeness to the horse is noticeable: your horse’s working muscles and movement of the back are transmitted unlike with any other saddle of this type and therefore build the basis of more precise riding.
At the same time the horse’s back remains free of pressure. Demanding lessons, collections, transitions: Your horse can learn free of tension and build top line without any restriction by the saddle. There is no saddle pressure to stop your horse from moving freely. Blood supply to muscles remains intact and the muscles can therefore build up.
The stirrup attachment can be positioned between seat and saddle as needed. Therefore, the saddle easily adjusts to your seat and size. The girth straps are arranged in a V which gives an adjustable, secure attachment. This saddle also suits horses with difficult girthing positions.
As with all Barefoot saddles, the “Madrid” will lie a little further forward on a horse’s back than a conventional saddle, thus positioning the rider above the horse’s centre of gravity. It is therefore easier for the horse to balance the rider’s weight, which helps in all lessons.
The seat is removable with velcro and it can be exchanged with a real sheep wool seat, which can be bought separately.
This Spanish saddle is made from two different types of genuine leather:
- Soft, supple, non-slip suede with integrated padding for the seat
- Sturdy, smooth leather from South America for the rest of the saddle.
There are 6 D-rings to attach the saddle pad, luggage, etc. The included pommel insert (size wide) can be exchanged as with all Barefoot saddle models.
- Flexible in all three dimensions (X,Y,Z)
- No pressure points and therefore no restriction in muscle build up
- Movable stirrup attachment
- Flexible V-rigging
- VPS system
- Weighs only about 6 kg