I receive lots of question about my saddle. Well, it is not a normal English or western saddle so I do understand why you are curious! So then I decided to write a post about my baroque saddle.
I bought my new saddle last spring; it is a Marjoman Rianõ Sillero, a Portuguese/baroque saddle. I’m very happy about it, I had to sell my previous baroque saddle because it did not fit me. It fitted Batman thought, but that did not help when I could not ride in it because the seat balanced me wrong, and was way too big!
The Riaño has a much smaller seat and fits me perfectly. It provides the support I need when I do trick/stunt riding such as rearing and lying down, and it’s extremely comfortable to ride dressage with as well. I am no fan of huge knee rolls, I think they place me in a locked position and it feels uncomfortable. My dressage is based on the principles of Academic Art of Riding. This kind of saddles are based on how most saddles looked like a couple of hundred years ago, and I don’t see a reason why they won’t work today! I love baroque saddles.
Although, I do need some support when I’m galloping around with Batman and his huge movement. The Riaño is the perfect saddle for us, and I had it fitted and adjusted, and changed the flocking this summer. We also colored it black, as I think that is a more suitable color for Batman.
Under my saddle, I do not use a regular saddle pad. I use reindeer hide. A study discovered that reindeer hide is more shock absorbing than any other kind of saddle pads.
Thank you so much to my amazing saddle fitter Silje Sverkholt for the wonderful job!
I know maaany of you have been very interested in my saddle because they want to buy one themselves, but you have to remember that saddle fitting is science, my saddle fits Batman, but that doesn’t mean it would fit your horse, Friesian or not. Most of my friends also HATE to ride in my Riaño, just because I love it does not mean that it is a comfortable saddle for everyone! Remember to seek professional help when you are purchasing a new saddle for your horse. Riding with the wrong saddle will cause damage to your horse’s back.
Do you have any questions about my saddle? Feel free to ask below!
Peace, love and Friesian hugs,
Batman & Matilde