Strada Dressage saddle
There are six different Strada Dressage saddle tree types:
W – Small TB’s, Light endurance Arab x TB’S
S – Warmbloods, Large TB’s, and some Iberians.
I – Iberians, Arabs and muscular Warmbloods, Cobs.
IC – Muscular shouldered Iberian and warmblood dressage horses
C – Draughts, Arabs, and some Iberians
L – For horses wide across the shoulder
The tree is handmade on a jig and is therefore always symmetrical. It has no metal components. It consists of laminated plywood, leather, carbon fibre and kevlar. Its rails are flexible and move with the horse’s back. They are parallel to the horse’s spine along their entire length, ensuring optimal distribution of the rider’s weight. The points play no part in weight carrying, they simply provide lateral stability.
The saddle therefore sits AROUND the horse, NOT ON IT. Send us pictures of your horse’s back according to this document and we will come back to you with fitting assistance and suggestions. Please email
The panels consist of a dense visco-elastic shock-absorbent foam, which reacts to heat and pressure. Firm when cold, they are quickly softened by the horse’s body heat plus the rider’s weight and reach a consistency best compared to raw steak. They mould completely to the horse’s back, follow every movement and are extremely comfortable for both horse and rider. The multi-stretch membrane used to encase the foam is particularly suitable for conducting body heat into the foam and allowing the shape changes of the panels. Having adapted to the horse while in use, the panels always return to their original shape. They require no maintenance of any kind. Strada saddles are available in black or brown. The knee rolls and styles are as shown in the pictures, these cannot be varied.
Note – These Strada saddles are the EU models which have different panels to the original UK saddles. Most of the material is the same. The difference is that in the EU model there is a thin outer layer of a slightly softer memory foam. This gives the panels a softer “feeling” that you will love. The original UK panels feel harder, but this will not affect the feel for the horse as once the panels are at body temperature, they are soft throughout. Inside the EU model has 24 mm of same memory foam as in the UK saddle, plus the 5 mm softer lining, whereas the original UK models panels were 24mm, 30mm or 36mm.
Strada saddles are also available in General Purpose shape
Fitting your Strada Dressage Saddle
If you need help with fitting we have trees available to check.
In Scotland you can contact Candy Cameron on 07973 815208 or by email:
In England Merrigan Burton can be contacted by email: