Berney Polo Saddle
Berneys dynamic polo saddle has been developed with innovative craftsmanship and design features to provide the horse and rider with an ultra-lightweight saddle to gain a competitive advantage. This saddle is designed with a medium deep seat and forward cut flaps giving the rider a very secure leg position and secure hitting platform. The slot in the flap for the over girth is positioned behind the riders leg so that there is less bulk between the riders leg and the horse and it provides easy access to the girth straps. Berney Bros. are able to provide the most comfort to the horse and rider by using a combination of orthopaedic memory foam, a spring tree, and wool flocked panels. The orthopaedic memory foam is embedded into the seat of the saddle and retains its spring and shock absorbency over time providing a really comfortable seat for the rider and aiding the horse by absorbing the impact of the rider’s movement. Berneys polo saddle is made with a laminated beech wood tree, with a reinforced gullet plate, that is strength tested to the British Safety Standard. This tree absorbs some of the shock from impact, protecting the horses back, and it is fitted with recessed stirrup bars. The third component we use to achieve the ultimate comfort and welfare for the horse is our panels flocked with pure new wool. The biggest advantage that this material provides against others is that it spreads the player’s weight over a bigger surface area allowing the horse full use of themselves. Pure new wool also retains its spring and shock absorbency over time and moulds to the shape of the horses back compensating for horses changing shape throughout the season. The saddle is designed with half panels underneath the flaps to provide a closer contact between the horse and the rider for better communication and less weight. The saddle is fitted with three buffalo hide girth straps either side attached to two cross webs that are lightweight, strong and don’t absorb moisture. The ‘sweat flap’ layer beneath the girth straps protects the horse’s sides removing the need to use heavy saddle pads and blankets. This saddle is available in a size 18” for the rider and comes in two fits for the horse, narrow which is suitable for 95% of polo ponies, and medium for a pony with low withers. You can choose to opt for an all-suede saddle for extra grip, all-leather saddle for easy care and maintenance, or a saddle with a suede seat with leather skirts and flaps for the best of both worlds.