SADDLES & TACK

What you need to know about our tack

Our top priority is the care and well-being of our horses and their equipment. Every effort is made to fit the right saddle and bridle, and therefore the tack used for trail is carefully chosen. This ensures the horse's comfort on long-distance rides, as well as yours, so we have invested time and energy into sourcing the best equipment for the job.

Saddles

Saddles STUEBBEN and BATES

Using the right saddle for the right horse is a difficult task and it has taken us years to figure out the best saddle for our safaris. It has to fit the horse first but also has to be comfortable for the rider.

The Stübben Scout A.T.P.R. was specifically designed for the majority of riders who are not interested in performance sports. A.T.P.R. is an acronym for Active Touring and Pleasure Riding. This saddle conveys an extremely pleasant feeling to the rider, and moreover, due to the new and patented long panel system, which will remove stress from the horse’s back when the rider sits down, offers a particularly horse-friendly fit. The impact-resistant edge of the cantle makes the look of this saddle unique. Also, this saddle is made from full-grain cowhide.

Please read more about Stübben saddles here.

Bates
Stubben

The Stübben is our preferred saddle but sadly doesn't fit every horse. We feel that a longer stirrup is better when spending many hours in the saddle and after trying a number of different types we ended up with a simple Dressage Saddle made by Bates, Australia.

This saddle has convinced us totally as the saddle flap isn’t too long, like with other dressage saddles, the knee roll is not too thick and one really has the option of shorter or longer stirrups.

Please read more about Bates saddles here.

Alternatively, we still have a small selection of Leon Liversage Endurance Saddles which we have been using in the past.

Saddle
Bridles

Comfort
Seat savers and sheepskins are available in camp.

Bridles
Most of our horses are ridden in a loose ring or double-jointed snaffle. We also use kimblewicks and simple pelhams for some of the horses.

Gear
We recommend you wear breeches and half chaps with comfortable riding boots and a lightweight riding helmet, preferably with good circulation. We do have a limited assortment of chaps and helmets at the lodge, but we highly recommend that you bring your own equipment. Please note, worn in riding clothes will be a lot more comfortable than new gear. You will be spending many hours in the saddle in a hot climate, this might not be the right time to wear it in. There are a lot of thorn bushes so it's not a mistake to bring the “older” stuff!