By: Debbie O’Brien
Stunni’s craftsmen have combined a flexible polyurethane tree with quality synthetic materials to produce a light-weight saddle which is less restrictive and more comfortable for horse and rider. Hitting the trail with a saddle that doesn’t move with your horse or fit his shape is unpleasant for both of you.
Another plus, besides being very budget-friendly, is the medium-sized adjustable gullet. If ever the term “one size fits most” were applicable, this is it. The gullet can be adjusted to fit a variety of horses, anywhere from low withers to narrow, high withers, and the saddle will fit most mounts from large ponies to semi-draft horses.
The man-made materials are easy to clean and very forgiving of the elements. Brass fittings for the riggings, buckles and D-rings are just the right size to be functional and give a nice, understated look — not too big, not too small. Four D-rings; two at the front and two at the back secure coats, saddle bags, water bottles and treats! A synthetic girth is included .
The stirrups and stirrup straps that come with this saddle are top of my list. The straps can be adjusted for the individual rider’s leg position. The e-shaped stirrup bars are designed with safety in mind; their off-set shape diminishes the potential of being dragged in the event of a fall.
The padded seat is removable for ease of maintenance, then easily and securely reattached. If something unpleasant happens to the seat, it can be replaced. Its cushiony comfort makes a long day in the saddle just what it should be: play. Stunni designed this saddle with a moderately deep seat, more along the lines of a Western saddle. That feature and the saddle’s center of gravity encourage your body to naturally seek the posture and form that brings better balance and a more secure seat.
Lastly, it weighs in at only 4.4 pounds! This model is available for $199.00. Stunni has several styles to choose from including Western saddles.
There are other synthetic saddles on the market, but the difference in price is around $100.00 more, then climbs to over $1,000.00; their weights begin at just over nine pounds and go up to as heavy as thirty five pounds. For my money, the comfort, weight and quality of the Stunni Synthetic Flex-Tree Saddle make it my first choice.