The Ghost flexible saddle system consists of a non-rigid saddle base, interchangeable saddle seats as well as panels that can be swapped and repositioned. The flexibility of the saddle system means just one saddle can be used for a variety of horses and that it is easily adjusted to accommodate seasonal changes in your horse’s body shape.
Let’s look at the construction of Ghost saddles in more detail so you can understand how these differ from the more traditional treed and contemporary treeless saddles.
Ghost saddles are built on a non-rigid base rather than a wooden or fibreglass saddle tree. The non-rigid base means that Ghost saddles are flexible and design to follow the horse’s natural contours and movements. The base is also manufactured to provide spinal clearance and to support an interchangeable seat and saddle panel system.
Most people would be familiar with the four-girth-point assembly designed for treed saddles. The Ghost saddle base has a variant of the four-point design known as the Y-System girthing assembly. The Y-System has three important functions. Firstly, it distributes the 'pull' of the girth over a larger area of the horse’s back. Secondly, the Y-System reduces any side to side movement of the saddle. Finally, it enables a better girth fit for a variety of shapes including horses with a broad or hollow back. This is because the Y-System allows the position of the /girth to be adjusted.
The Ghost saddle base has a stirrup fastening system that differs from most treed and treeless saddles. Like treed saddles, the Ghost stirrup bars are located on both sides of the saddle. But unlike most treed saddles, the Ghost has two stirrup positions to choose from. By contrast, many treeless saddles pass the stirrups over the horses back and spinal processes. These systems rely on the rider’s balance to stop the saddle from moving side-to-side.
Another important difference between Ghost and almost every other saddle brand on the market is the interchangeable saddle seat system. This is only possible because of the other innovations integrated into the Ghost saddle system. To recap, these innovations are the non-rigid saddle base and the choice of two stirrup positions. Together these have freed up the ability to interchange saddle seats so a single saddle can be used across different riding disciplines.
The final innovation in Ghost saddles is the design of the panels under the saddle. These panels can easily be removed to increase or decrease the width of the gullet channel. This means that there is no need to use a screwdriver and disassemble a saddle to switch the gullet plate. But it also means that the panels can be a positioned to better-fit horses with muscle atrophy on one side of their back. The interchangeable panels also allow for the swapping of wide to narrower or thicker to thinner panels. Lastly, extra layers of protective padding can easily be added to the panels without the need of a saddler or industrial sewing machine.
Ghost saddles have many design innovations when compared to their treed and treeless counterparts. But all the design innovations are a waste if the saddle does not perform.
Before explaining the thermography results illustrated below it is important to note that standardised conditions are used to test saddle performance. These conditions include saddle pads, rider experience and riding patterns. The Ghost saddle performs as well as correctly fitted tree saddles under standardised conditions. That is, there is an absence of hot spots (red zones) and the saddle disperses the rider's weight evenly.
But like all saddles, the Ghost fit should be evaluated at least every six months and always work with a knowledgeable saddle fitter to ensure your horse's comfort and well-being.
Each Ghost saddle is handmade and can be customised to meet the horse and rider's needs. You can learn more about Customising your Ghost Saddle here.