Easy Fit Saddles
Easy Fit Saddles design and produce a revolutionary new saddle constructed for the discriminating rider. If you are looking for the inexpensive, straight off-the-shelf saddle, Easy Fit Saddles are not for you. We cater to riders who want a saddle that truly fits their horse, with adjustability features to keep it fitting or to fit their other horses which are within a similar size range. We also cater to riders who want a saddle that truly fits them, not some saddle maker’s concept of what “should” fit.
We measure your horse, then custom build a tree to fit its back type. Our saddles incorporate built-in bar shim pads to keep them fitting as your horse changes thru age and condition cycles. Our lightweight trees are made of a glass infused polymer, with a tuned fiber frame that incorporates an adjustable cable girthing system.
Our adjustable seat can receive a variety inserts to not only fit both female and male riders but also position them in the saddle. Our adjustable stirrup position system allows the rider to achieve a properly balanced riding posture. The cable rigging and single strap stirrup system combine to minimize all the bulk under your leg. Easy fit saddles, when fully rigged, weigh an average of just 20 pounds.
For the rider
Adjustable for the Rider
Our saddles can be adjusted for the rider in 3 ways:
- The first is what you find on any saddle, stirrup length.
- Second is the positioning of the stirrups/fenders forward or back.
- The third is the adjustment of the seat to find the right angle, width, and thickness for your body shape and preference.
Together, these three adjustments will allow you to find a comfortably balanced position when riding.
Built for Women
Our saddles are built to accommodate a woman’s unique shape:
- The rise of the seat is low to accommodate a low pubic bone.
- Seat shims adjust to support a neutral pelvic position that eliminates bracing.
- The seat shim can be shaped to get the drop-off point from the sit bones to the thigh in the correct place.
- Seat shims come in various thicknesses and widths to allow customization of the twist.
- Seat padding and seams are wide in the sit bone area.
- Saddle rigging & stirrup leathers have been minimized under the leg to reduce bulk and keep the twist narrow.
- The custom shaping of the seat distributes the rider's weight to a larger area, eliminating pressure points for a comfortable fit.
- Our saddles are lightweight.
Built for Men
Our saddles are built to accommodate a man’s pelvic structure:
- Seat shims can be shaped to accommodate men's seat bones which are narrower and further back.
- Wider shims in the twist area accommodate men's thigh muscling.
With our seat shimming system and adjustable fenders, men can also find their perfect balance and comfort point in our saddles.
We have significantly reduced bulk under your leg to achieve close contact. We have accomplished this with our cable rigging and single strap stirrup system.
For the Horse
Made to Measure Trees
- We start by utilizing our back profiling system to measure your horse’s back three-dimensionally. From these measurements, we can build a saddle tree to fit your horse's back type.
Construction of the Trees
- Our lightweight trees are made of a glass infused polymer, with a tuned fiber frame and strategically placed steel tubing. The tree is wrapped in a bonded rubber coating, resulting in a tree that is stronger and lighter than traditional trees.
Rotationally Flexible Tree
- Our trees are rotationally flexible but reinforced along their length so they won’t collapse under your weight.
- A flex tree gives a horse more freedom of movement under the saddle.
- Wide gullet channel keeps the tree bars off the spine, withers, associated ligaments, nerves and reflex points of your horse’s back.
- Wide and flat bars reduce the pounds per square inch on your horse’s back.
- Rider is positioned close to the horse’s center of balance.
- Short saddle allows the horse complete freedom of movement in his backend.
- Felt pads in various thicknesses and with shim pockets under the tree bars allow you keep the saddle fitting as your horse changes shape throughout conditioning and age cycles.
- Our equalizer cable rigging system eliminates the weight of all the leather and steel associated with traditional rigging systems and allows the rigging to be adjusted to any rigging position.
In Canada, Al Hicks was living in an environment where Quarter Horse tree bars were the standard; he started working with a local saddle maker to develop a western tree that would fit his thoroughbred horses.
Al researching, studying and testing various materials. They secured a grant from the National Research Council to build on their experiences and pursue their goals. With that money they designed and re-designed, mixed and poured, tested and rode until they came up with the saddle design and features they were seeking. At the same time, they were looking at how to measure a horse’s back and then translate that to the saddle tree bars.
Considerable time, research, testing, funding and innovative thinking has gone into our Easy Fit saddles. We will continue to look at new designs and materials to keep improving our product. But sometimes we look to old ideas for inspiration. Cable rigging, patented by Hamley Saddles at the turn of the last century, failed to work with wood and rawhide trees of the day but we are able to easily embedded into our polymer tree. Single strap stirrups, also patented by Hamley over 100 years ago, reduce the bulk under the leg, eliminating the need for the cut-out in the tree bars for stirrup leathers and work well in our saddles. A number of different adjustable seat and stirrup systems were tried, refining each revision until the present.
The National Research Council recognized that Allen was on to something innovative and have supported them through grant money. With these funds, Easy Fit Saddles can afford to continue to strive for improvement by exploring new ideas and materials. The market has confirmed that they are on the right track, giving them positive feedback, and backing it up with saddle sales. The quest for the “ultimate saddle” is ongoing and the 2 men with dreams of building good, quality saddles will continue.
They weigh in at just over 20 pounds when fully rigged. We have utilized modern materials in the construction of our saddles and incorporated innovative design features to accomplish this.
We use the finest quality 12 oz North American tanned leather. Tooling is all hand done. Felt pads are made of F11 (98%) wool felt for superior cooling and moisture wicking. Conchos, buckles, and D-rings are stainless steel with silver plating. Our saddle makers have years of experience in combining these materials to craft beautiful saddles.
Good morning Allen, After showing all weekend in it, I am truly impressed. My horse who has always struggled to pick up her left lead, not only willingly pick it up but performed lead transitions like never before.
A day early even. I just unpacked it and it’s absolutely beautiful. I also sat in it on a stand and It more than meets my expectations. I can hardly wait to try it on Teika. Thank you for all your help. I will certainly recommend your company to anyone who’s having trouble finding a saddle that fits. Or even someone who wants a better than average saddle for them and their horse just because they deserve it.
After we spent 4 years trying 5 different endurance saddles that never performed optimally, we started working with Easy Fit saddles. The experience that East Fit Saddles have in the performance horse anatomy is world class. After building a beautiful, light, custom saddle for our two FEI endurance horses we have not had one issue with their backs. The innovation is in their system is what the equestrian world needs. Finally, a saddle that performs!
Houston and Rosalynn Whiskey Creek Sport Horses.
I am very very very excited that my custom saddle from Easy Fit Saddles is ready!
Just in time for trail season.
I’ve ridden english most of my life because Western saddles HURT! Luckily I found a saddle maker that caters to the female rider and my days of painful trail rides will be in the past.
Thanks so much Allen!
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Canadian Junior competes at the Western Dressage World Show in Oklahoma
Maverick is very sensitive and my first Western show saddle didn’t fit. We now have an Easyfit saddle which fits him way better and gives him better movement and more lift. In Level 1 we do leg yields and lengthenings in the jog. He would do them in my old saddle, but he wasn’t as free. It is also adjustable for me. I can change the seat so I am sitting more balanced.Continue reading
Great Fit, Great Ride. Absolutely Love it!
Walter Mantler Symphony Saddle & Tack Shop
Liberachi SS (5 time World and Reserve Western Dressage Champ) sporting his New Easy Fit Saddle. Great fit and great movement! Available for a test ride at Symphony Stables – Tack Shop. Great Fit, Great Ride, Absolutely Love it!
I absolutely love this saddle!
The seat is wonderful! And my horse has been blowing and moving out freely. I had to wait until I had tried it three times just to make sure.
Hugs and thanks – TGT
Each saddle is fit to both you and your horse
This light-weight close contact western saddle is revolutionary. Each saddle is fit to both you and your horse. The tree is custom fit to your horse and can be adjusted throughout the life and changes of your horse. The saddle seat can also be adjusted for ultimate riding comfort as the rider changes as well.
As our client base has changed to more mid-life riders we have run across many people that would still be riding or would ride more, if saddles weren’t so heavy and uncomfortable. All that has changed with Easy Fit Saddles.
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Look at this beauty!
Just arrived today. Can hardly wait to try it. Fits great, so comfortable
Thank you, Easy Fit Saddles and Allen L Hicks.
People at the barn have commented on the drastic difference in the pony since using it.
Finally got some photos; they are not the best but I will try for more soon. I’ve been riding regularly for the past couple months. The saddle is just awesome! People at the barn have commented on the drastic difference in the pony since using it–saying things like how happy she looks, good she looks. Riding is FuN again! Her movement is wonderful now. She’s able to extend her strides and move her shoulders and hips freely–no choppy pony strides, no balking or breaking gait!! There is definitely a difference in her abilities to the one side (because of the past issues from poor fit), but now with the saddle, we are able to work on correcting it. In other words, with the saddle, I can feel her becoming more balanced. It is so exciting to be able to start working towards the things I know she’s capable of, and also to feel that security of a saddle (remember before I was only able to ride bareback because I could tell she was more comfortable that way, but I wasn’t real confident about it!).
Thank you to all who worked on the saddle! Jodi
Bella loves it!
My Morning Lark, Riding in an Easy Fit Saddles.
Only 20 lbs and lots of freedom to move.
Bella loves it!
The saddle is just awesome!
I’ve been riding regularly for the past couple months. The saddle is just awesome! People at the barn have commented on the drastic difference in the pony since using it–saying things like how happy she looks, good she looks. Riding is Fun again! Her movement is wonderful now. She’s able to extend her strides and move her shoulders and hips freely–no choppy pony strides, no balking or breaking gait!! There is definitely a difference in her abilities to the one side (because of the past issues from poor fit), but now with the saddle, we are able to work on correcting it. In other words, with the saddle, I can feel her becoming more balanced. It is so exciting to be able to start working towards the things I know she’s capable of, and also to feel that security of a saddle (remember before I was only able to ride bareback because I could tell she was more comfortable that way, but I wasn’t real confident about it!).
Here is one very happy pony with her Easy Fit Saddle! This saddle has made a huge positive difference in our lives. Thank you!
Sue has ridden all her life, starting her a new 3-year-old she raised on the place.
Allen has ridden for over 30 years, starting and play a number of horses over the years.