This is the Felix saddle in the GPD style. GPD stands for General Purpose/Dressage. This style works very well for riders who want to focus on flat-work and dressage, but also include some trail riding and small jumps into their horse's programme.
It is also loved by many riders who compete in Dressage to a high level. It is very useful for riders who are long in the legs between the hip and knee and find most dressage saddles are too straight in the flaps for them to be comfortable and with the foam panels being shorter on the horse than flocked panels, the Felix range is useful when working with short back horses.
It is also the most popular style for :
Endurance & Long Distance,
A range of BALANCE tree Widths: 7X, 8X and 9X. These widths relate to the needs of healthy, well developed and correctly trained horses.
Foam panels, covered in Nu-Buck leather.
Short girth straps (billets).
Regular stirrup bars.
4 seat lengths A, B, C, D.
Flap length on all seat length saddles is 17" (43cm). This is approximate and is measured from the top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the flap at its longest point. The saddle can be ordered with a different flap length, but it is very unusual for this to be necessary.
Adjustable/removable knee blocks.
The leathers used are of the highest quality, with all welts, facings etc. made with leathers that are the best colour match for the saddle. Other options are available. Please see below.
Choosing the colours in your saddle.
Many riders prefer to stay with classic colours of, all-over black or brown, but other options are available to customise your saddle if that is what you prefer. As this saddle is made for BALANCE by Frank Baines Saddlery, it makes sense for you to use their own, innovative and award winning 'Build Your Baines' app, that can be found on their website : https://www.frankbaines.com/bmb/
You won't see any BALANCE saddle models on their yet, but you can use the example of their Elegance saddle as a reference as it is very similar in its construction to the BALANCE range of saddles. This will show you the options for leathers and colours that you can choose.
Please be aware that some of the leathers, coloured welts and facings that you will see, will add to the basic price of the saddle as shown on this page.
The cantle of this style of saddle can include a cantle insert, cantle welt and crystals if wanted.
Being able to move in a powerful, balanced and engaged way, without restriction or discomfort, is every horse’s birth-right and essential in order for him to be able to carry the unnatural weight of a rider, without doing harm to himself.