The Nexus Dressage Saddle is built on our BALANCE Nexus Tree that has a higher cantle and a far more defined contour through the seat of the saddle than the BALANCE Dressage saddles that have been built on the BALANCE/FB7 tree (Zenith, Felix, Matrix).
Some riders prefer a seat profile that has more shape like this because it can provide a higher level of support and direction than a flatter seated saddle.
If you look at many dressage saddles on the market, you will see extremely high cantles, very deep seats and very large knee blocks and thigh blocks etc. These are features that are designed to, pretty much, anchor the rider into the saddle.
We prefer to encourage riders to develop the skills needed to take responsibility for their own balance and stability, rather than relying on the saddle to provide it for them. We discourage riders from using the leverage and security of a highly 'upholstered' saddle, to brace against their horse when training it.
Having said this we do see the merit of a seat profile that makes it harder for the rider to get into a position that the horse finds challenging to carry. The Nexus Dressage saddle does this by making it harder for a rider to slouch back, behind the movement of the horse. Instead it helps to align the rider's pelvis into an engaged position, over which, the upper torso can be balanced and under which the limbs can hang in a balanced and effective position.
The stirrup bars are set a little further back than on the other BALANCE dressage saddles which, in combination with a seat profile that supports the back of the pelvis up into a centred and aligned posture, seems to provide a very good base of support from which the rider can be both effective and sensitive.
In order to avoid spoiling the good line of the tree through the waist area of the saddle, we use a swinging hook, stirrup bar. This is called a hanging 'e' bar , which is attached to the rails of the tree rather than the points. The use of the e bar helps to maintain the narrower feel through the waist of the tree, that a fixed bar could not provide.
The 'e' bar itself is constructed from high quality, laser cut steel, in order to provide a reliable and safe piece of equipment. It was designed by Frank Baines Saddlery.
A range of BALANCE tree Widths: R (Regular), X (Extra), XX (ExtraExtra). These widths are required by healthy, well developed and correctly trained horses.
Foam panels are standard, but this saddle can be ordered with a flocked panel.
Short girth straps (billets)
Hanging 'e' stirrup bar. Please Note: the use of the swinging 'e' bar on these saddles means that BALANCE asks that riders always use some form of safety stirrup when using these saddles.
4 seat lengths A, B, C, D
Flap length on A = 17½" (44.5 cm);B & C = 18" (45.75 cm); D = 18½" (47 cm). This is approximate and is measured from the top of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the flap at it's 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
Highest quality leathers used
Highest quality manufacturing by Frank Baines Saddlery.
The Signature Leathers and Colour for the Nexus Dressage Saddle are:
Buffalo print leather on the flaps and skirts,
Nu-buck leather covering of seat, knee pads and foam panels or hide covering of the flocked panel option
All in black
Other Colour Options and Customization.
Alternative leathers, colours and trim detail are possible to order.
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.