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Maddie Burton
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The "Vario" is a genuine allrounder. It will suit all but the tallest riders for some jumping, but the flaps are not so forward cut as to look out of place in a dressage arena. It is eminently suitable for hacking, but it is also used by some competitive endurance riders, who prefer to ride with shorter stirrup leathers.

The "Vario" is built on exactly the same tree as the dressage and endurance saddles, it also has the same panels. The fit for the horse is therefore identical, but the rider can ride with a more angled knee, due to the slightly forward-cut flaps giving extra room.

The Strada Saddle
 
IC - Tree
The tree is handmade on a jig and is therefore always symmetrical. It has no metal components. It consists of laminated plywood, leather, carbon fibre and kevlar. Its rails are flexible and move with the horse’s back. They are parallel to the horse’s spine along their entire length, ensuring optimal distribution of the rider’s weight. The points play no part in weight carrying, they simply provide lateral stability. The saddle therefore sits AROUND the horse, NOT ON IT.

IC –A "bigger cousin" to the S, but much less angled side-to-side. Suits substantial Warmbloods or any other back which is fairly wide and flat, yet still has some wither.
 
24mm Panels
The panels consist of a dense visco-elastic shock-absorbent foam, which reacts to heat and pressure. Firm when cold, they are quickly softened by the horse’s body heat plus the rider’s weight and reach a consistency best compared to raw steak. They mould completely to the horse’s back, follow every movement and are extremely comfortable for both horse and rider. The multi-stretch membrane used to encase the foam is particularly suitable for conducting body heat into the foam and allowing the shape changes of the panels. Having adapted to the horse while in use, the panels always return to their original shape. They require no maintenance of any kind.

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