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All about WOW’s Pointless Panel System, or PPS

The WOW panel system is actually an extension of the tree.  We call it our Pointless Panel System, or PPS.  Most panels are made purely from leather or like materials, which because of their soft nature, provide very little extra support area over that part of the tree.
With this in mind we created a panel which would…

  • Support the tree
  • Nullifying any of the pressure we normally see from stirrup bars and point of the tree.
  • Extend the bearing surface of the tree to achieve a much greater and more consistent bearing surface for the saddle.

We achieved these goals by incorporating in the panel construction a semi-rigid plastic plate (shown as a dotted line), which stiffens the top of the panel. The stiffened panel extends far beyond the tree and where conventional points would end (shown as a box outline). The plate can flex with the movement of the horse whilst still applying even pressure. The square inches of support surface produced by this saddle is greater than that of a western saddle!

A conventional tree has points which are 2-3 fingers wide and stop approximately 7.5″ down from the head.  WOW does not have points; the front of the tree is a ‘lobe’ which incorporates the double stirrup bar.

This lobe is then extended by the plastic plate system on top of the panel to create a pointless tree and panel ending 12-13 inches down from the head. This extra depth of support decreases pressure on the shoulder and encourages better movement of the horse.

There is a choice of panel styles to suit different conformations of horse. Panel can be purchased separately if required.  We custom make panels with different heights of back gusset for different / difficult horse confirmations such sway back etc.

All panels are inter-changeable between seats of the same size or larger, i.e. you can use a 17″ panel on an 18″ tree. This is very useful for horses with short backs that cannot accommodate the seat size the rider requires.

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Richard Maxwell explains why the WOW H-girth stops his show-jumping horse lifting its head upon landing

Richard Maxwell, or Max, is a widely recognised equestrian trainer and showjumping enthusiast – here, he demonstrates the benefits of a WOW saddle, including the innovative H girth – the ultimate in stability for saddle and rider. “The pressure relief provided by the centre pad is extremely good for the horse’s pectoral muscles and helps in the elevation of the fore limbs and shoulder,” Max says.

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A Western wonder – WOW’s new western saddle is one of the most innovative and inter-changeable on the market

Have you seen the new WOW Western saddle? It will be produced in two versions – the round skirt and the square skirt. The tree is adjustable in the same way that our English saddles can be changed, with a headplate. Therefore, the saddle can be fitted to the very highest wither, or the flattest backed horse. If you want a saddle without a horn, the WOW Western can take a Standard English WOW headplate, making it lighter still.

Inter-Changeable Bucking Rolls

The saddle uses a slick fork design (eg. no swell) with bucking rolls; these are interchangeable for different sizes and shapes. The whole saddle is a fraction of the weight of a traditional western saddle, which will appeal to all riders.

Inter-Changeable Girthing & Fenders

The saddle can be fitted with English girthing or western cinch girthing. The fenders (stirrups) attach to the saddle on English style stirrup bars; of which there are two each side, giving two positions (forward and backward) for the rider’s leg. This also gives the safety of detachable stirrups, not found on traditional western saddles.

Adjustable Korrector Adjustable Air Pad Included

The Western WOW saddle includes a Western Korrector Adjustable Air Pad with four air bags, enabling adjustment of the saddle’s balance and fit, both front to back and side to side. The air system under the saddle allows the saddle to mould continuously to a moving horse, giving it and the rider greater comfort.

Those riders lucky enough to try the saddle whilst in development have been amazed at the difference in their horse’s freedom of movement, and softness over the back.

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