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 STUEBBEN, BATES and HENRI DE RIVEL
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.
The Stübben is our preferred saddle but sadly doesn't fit every horse. So we found a really nice lightweight jumping saddle from Henry de Rivel. Conceived and designed in Europe, Henri de Rivel saddles are manufactured in Argentina. Using the finest Argentine leather, these highly popular saddles are made to the highest standards of material selection, quality, and craftsmanship.
Still, an amazing fitting Saddle is our simple Dressage Saddle made by Bates, Australia. We still love using this saddle on some of our horses, with the adjustable gullet such an amazing saddle to fit.
Seat savers and sheepskins are available in camp.
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.
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!