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SOMMER Saddles - the Winner's Edge

The Rider's Shoppe & SOMMER
you're winning combination ...
Product review compiled by Berni Saunders

Why a SOMMER Saddle
The most important link between rider and horse is the saddle. A well fitting saddle for rider and horse will support our equestrian efforts. It will place us where the horse would place us without a saddle in between us, namely shortly behind the withers.

For the saddle maker the withers are one of the most important parts of the horse's back. This is where the saddle is placed, along with which comes the additional weight of the rider. The horse already carries 55% of its weight on the front legs. From a perpendicular view, the centre of the horse's body is about as high as the sternum, just below the torso.

It is also the point where the 3 cm widening end of the shoulder blade is located, just below the withers. It is this area that the saddle maker has to pay crucial attention to when measuring the horse since in this area the movement of the shoulder blade takes place.

The saddle has to allow the shoulder to move freely, which means the panel must decrease in size towards the front in order to provided sufficient room for the shoulder movement.

Extended Panels
Extended Panel Saddles have been a tradition in our factory since the Bi-Centennial celebration of the United States. Tradition is cultivated through continuing development.

The standard of our current models is the result of many years of experience. A comfortable seat combined with a flat, flexible extended panel creates the symbiosis of comfort and functionality.

The main feature is the balanced contact point of the extended and flexible panel, which conforms to the horse's back.

The last point of contact on the horse's back is clearly defined; therefore pressure against the kidney area is prevented.

As with all other Sommer saddles, the materials and structure of the panel follow the modern anatomic guidelines. Please refer to the chapter titled "Why a Sommer saddle?"

A wide assortment of accessories and packing attachments for the Saddles with extended panels are available as well.


Esprit Athen

model Esprit Athen dressage
item number 3550 DS
saddle type dressage saddle
seat deep seat, square cantle, soft
panels felt and wool sandwich panel
knee rolls padded high rolls
billets 2 long billets
stirrup-bar extended stainless steel
dressage stirrup-bar
weight 6,2 kg
leather made out of nuovo calfskin
seat sizes 16,5; 17,0; 17,5; 18,0
tree width sizes 27 - 36
colors black, moro, redwood, cognac
special features singleflap - new design - special saddle construction - see additional information on Sommer web site.


model Esprit dressage
item number 3500 DS
saddle type dressage saddle
seat deep seat, round cantle, soft
panels felt and wool sandwich panel
knee rolls special formed knee rolls
billets long "triangle" billets (v-point billets)
stirrup-bar extended stainless steel
dressage stirrup-bar
weight 6,3 kg
leather seat, knee part and panels made out
of nuovo calfskin; flap made out of cowhide
seat sizes 16,5; 17,0; 17,5; 18,0
tree width sizes 27 - 36
colors black, moro, redwood
special features new design - special saddle construction - see additional information


Model Diplomat Exclusiv dressage
Item number 2017 DS
saddle type dressage saddle
seat deep seat, round cantle, exceptional softness
panels wool stuffed leather panel
with felt lining
knee rolls padded knee rolls
billets long "triangle" billets (v-point billets)
stirrup-bar dressage stirrup-bar
weight 6,5 kg
leather seat, knee part and panels made
out of calfskin; flap made out of cowhide
seat sizes 16,5; 17,0; 17,5; 18,0
free width sizes 27 - 36
colors black, moro, redwood
special features seat and knee part available in "Schrumpfleder"

 


Model Meteor dressage

Item number 2001 DS
saddle type dressage saddle
seat deep seat, round cantle
panels wool stuffed panel
knee rolls tight high rolls
billets 2 long billets
stirrup-bar dressage stainless
steel stirrup-bar
weight 6,3 kg
leather made out of cowhide
seat sizes 16,5; 17,5; 18,0
tree width sizes 27 - 36
colors black, moro
special features classical model at a
great value


model Opus I

item number 2500 DS
saddle type dressage saddle
seat deep seat, exceptional softness
panels wool stuffed leather panel with
felt lining knee rolls strong knee rolls
billets long "triangle" billets
stirrup-bar extended stainless steel
dressage stirrup-bar
weight 6,5 kg
leather seat, knee part and panels made
out of calfskin; flap made out of cowhide
seat sizes 16,5; 17,0; 17,5; 18,0
tree width sizes 27 - 36
colors black, moro, redwood
special features seat and knee part
available in "Schrumpfleder"


model Egon von Neindorff dressage
item number 2012 DS
saddle type dressage saddle
seat deep seat, round cantle
panels wool stuffed leather panel with
felt lining
knee rolls -
billets 2 long billets
stirrup-bar extended stainless steel
dressage stirrup-bar
weight 6,1 kg
leather very soft calf leather, available
in "Schrumpfleder"
seat sizes 16,5; 17,0; 17,5; 18,0
tree width sizes 27 - 36
colors black, moro
special features close contact single flap, developed together with Egon von Neindorff


model Somero extended panel dressage
tem number 2016 T DS
saddle type extended panel saddle
seat classical seat, round cantle
panels flexible long panel filled with pool
knee rolls strong knee rolls
billets long "triangle" billets or 3 short straps
stirrup-bar extended stainless steel
dressage stirrup-bar
weight 6,4 kg
leather seat, knee part and panels made
out of calfskin; flap made out of cowhide
seat sizes 17,0; 17,5; 18,0
tree width sizes 27 - 36
colors black, moro, redwood
special features flexible extended panels

Features of a SOMMER Saddle
1. Saddle Tree - Fully flexible saddle tree, lengthwise and width wise, that conforms to the movement of the horse instead of being a rigid point that disturbs rider and horse.

2. Head Iron - The head iron above the withers creates stability of the front of the saddle and moves down to the shoulder blade and back towards the rider as it slopes downwards.

3. Panel - The panel is even and flexible. There are no edges on the horses back. The angle of the panel is made to conform to the curvature of the horse's back and extends beyond the tree.
The panel stuffing is made of synthetic fibres that remain soft and flexible even when exposed to moisture. It conforms to the horses back and remains elastic.

4. Width Between Panels and Panel Length - The panels run parallel with a gullet that measures at least 5-6 cm. The width of the panels covers the back muscles and the interconnecting rib muscles.

5. Billet system - The billet begins with the first point of contact under the stirrup bar in the area of the saddle tree. It conforms to the natural depth of the horses girth area.

6. Air Circulation - The air circulation of the horses back is improved and hot spots are prevented. "According to the fundamental rules, which we would like to highlight further, the horse when put into a balanced position has a centre point where its weight and strength is united.

This point, which remains consistently the same, follows the direction of a vertical line. The art of riding consists of uniting the point of weight and strength of the horse and the centred position of the rider along the same vertical line"

7. Materials - Carefully selected materials make the Sommer saddles a natural product that becomes more beautiful with age. Our leathers are carefully selected and tanned for us throughout the world. The only hardware used is stainless steel and solid brass. The leather has to pass quality control inspections before being used.

8. Variability - The fit, as well as the tree width, can be changed at any time. Sizes, measurements, and other changes should be documented by a qualified tack shop and then sent to us along with the saddle. The saddle selection is one of the most important decisions a rider makes for a good partnership with the horse. We are happy to assist you.

The V Billet System
In regards to the billet systems the V-billet has become popular. It is supposed to create a better fit of the saddle. In most cases this V-billet system actually enhances the pressure on the shoulder area, as it tightens the saddle right along the area of the saddletree. This tight fit can create muscle tension. Since the muscles are intertwined it can lead to tension all the way up to the horses rump area. A tight back, problems with going on the bit properly, unwillingness to work and many other problems can follow. Therefore the first tightening pressure point of the saddle needs to be moved back. The saddle must have panels that conform clearly to the horse's anatomy. Unfortunately saddles still exist that mistreat the horse's spine of the vertebrae by having too narrow gullets or gullets that don't become more narrow towards the horses back. The two panel sections should run parallel along each other with a minimal distance of 5-6 cm.

Our studies have shown that the panels should have a certain gullet width along the entire length of the saddle in order to ensure proper fit on the horse's back muscles. Severe back problems can occur when too narrow fitting panels are used since the back muscles are interconnected with the rib muscles. A panel that is too narrow for the horse's back separates the back and rib muscles instead of spanning across them. Consequently the rib muscles are pushed downwards. An appropriately wide panel will cover and rest on both muscles without interference.

We therefore conclude that the saddle should not only accommodate but also support the elasticity and extension of the shoulder swing. For us, several binding rules must be adhered to during construction of a saddle.

Guarantee
Each Sommer saddle is submitted to a strict quality control process before it leaves the company workrooms. This ensures the selection of impeccable materials and the highest quality workmanship in the construction of your Sommer saddle.

• 10 years on the saddle tree, with the exception of accidents

• 1 year on flaws in the leather

• First restuffing is covered by the guarantee

• The buyer is responsible for the shipping costs for execution of guarantee services.

Bridles and Accessories


Standard Bridles

1001/1011 Bridle drop noseband, cord rein
1001M/1011 Bridle drop noseband,
cord rein, brass
1003/1011 Bridle flash noseband, cord rein
1003M/1011 Trensenzaum engl. Reithalfter
mit Gurtzügel, Messing
1103/1011 Bridle Swedish noseband,
cord rein
1103M/1011 Bridle Swedish noseband,
cord rein, brass
1005 Double Bridle 2 set of reins
1005M Double Bridle 2 set of reins, brass
1105 Double Bridle Swedish noseband,
2 set of reins
1105M Double Bridle Swedish noseband,
2 set of reins, brass
colors: black, brown
sizes: thoroughbred (1), warmblood (2), warmblood extra (3)


Novelle Bridles

4505 Bridle stainless steel, Swedish
noseband
4515 Bridle stainless steel, Swedish
noseband, double raised
4505M Bridle brass, Swedish noseband
4515M Bridle brass, Swedish noseband, double raised
4501 Double Bridle stainless steel,
Swedish noseband
4511 Double Bridle stainless steel,
Swedish noseband, double raised
4501M Double Bridle brass,
Swedish noseband
4511M Double Bridle brass,
Swedish noseband, double raised
colors: black, brown
sizes: thoroughbred (C), warmblood (F), warmblood extra (XF)


Bridles and Accessories, Handmade by SOMMER

Naturally grown raw materials, solid craftsmanship,
and hand creations are the basis for the Sommer bridles and accessories.

Leather that is especially made for us has a high percentage of oil content, suppleness and yet is resistant to sweat. Rust free hardware in stainless steel and solid brass creates a perfect fit for the Sommer bridle and the certainty to have something of "exceptional quality".

Each rider can find their own personal equipment by choosing from traditional bridlework as well as a selection of innovative materials such as Quattro and Mettalic. (see Sommer site for more information.

Sommer Saddles are available from The Riders's Shoppe who cater for the discerning Australian Dressage rider, looking for the best quality riding wear, saddlery and equipment.

Not all models and sizes of Sommer Saddles are held in stock, but they can be ordered and ... are well worth the short wait!

e-mail The Rider's Shoppe for more information
about SOMMER Saddles in Australia.

Cyberhorse 2007 Berni Saunders

 

24 November 2014
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