XChange® gullet plate system
This revolutionary system allows the tree width to be modified to the withers and back of any horse, or as the horse grows and changes. By adjusting the Xchange® gullet individually, pressure points in the front part of the horse’s back are avoided and the weight distribution of the saddle optimized.
Saddles without changeable gullet plate systems can be widened by a saddlemaker (usually not recommended for more than one size), but never narrowed.
Our saddles Pro, Champion and Master first come with a medium Xchange® gullet plate and our saddle Elite with a medium wide Xchange® gullet plate. The Xchange®-plate that suits the horse’s conformation best can be purchased in our shop, or at our dealers.
An exchange only takes about 10 minutes and does not affect the strengh or look of the saddle. Top competitors worldwide have found the XChange®-system to be the fastest and easiest system of its kind to use. Four interchangeable, color coded steel gullet plates provide an ample range of widths. Best af all, it only takes a simple screwdriver, 6 steps, and 10 minutes to make the change:
The front of the tree and the points have to be at a similar angle as the trapezius muscle area upon which they will rest (tolerance of maximum 10 degrees).
A too narrow pommel will sit too high, causing too much pressure on either side of the withers, which can lead to sores and bruising. Also, there will be too much pressure on the lumbar muscles. Put into human terms, it feels similar to wearing shoes that are too tight.A too narrow pommel will sit too high, causing too much pressure on either side of the withers, which can lead to sores and bruising. Also, there will be too much pressure on the lumbar muscles. Put into human terms, it feels similar to wearing shoes that are too tight.The rider will be pushed too far backwards in the saddle and become unbalanced. The saddle will have a tendency to slide forward.
A too wide pommel will sit too low, and may have insufficient clearance on either side of the withers, causing soreness and injury to the withers. As the saddle sits too low in the front, the rider will tip forward. This also causes the saddle to slip forward onto the shoulders.