Traditional Craftsmanship by Master Saddlers
We love Black Country saddles for their focus on crafting bespoke saddles to fit horse and rider using traditional techniques and high-quality materials. Founders Rob Cullen and John Hartley together have over 80 years’ experience as Master Saddlers, and their commitment to properly fitting the horse and rider shows in the design of each Black Country saddle. Each Black Country saddle is handmade in Walsall, England, and features Black Country’s own wood-laminated spring trees (which carry a 10-year guarantee), 100% wool flocking, fine English leathers, and expert craftsmanship.
Made to Order to Fit You and Your Horse
Most Black Country saddles are made to order for a specific client and horse. Saddle fitters (like us!) work with you to determine the saddle model, tree and panel configuration, and other custom options such as flap length, blocks, or leather finishes, will best fit you and your horse.
Black Country Saddles Features & Design
“Serge”–rather than leather–is actually the traditional covering for saddle panels. Serge is a natural material made from wool, and has a few advantages over leather:
- Absorbs then disperses moisture (from sweat, etc)
- Helps eliminate saddle slipping
- Keeps the back cooler than leather by absorbing heat faster
- Molds more quickly to the shape of the horse’s back
- Extremely soft, and suitable for cold-backed or sensitive horses
- Makes for a lighter weight saddle overall
Serge panels can be ordered as a custom option on Black Country saddles.
K-Panels are another custom option that allow for greater bearing surface and additional wither clearance for horses with muscle atrophy, high withers, or lack of definition. K-Panels can be ordered as a traditional integrated panel, or as a “dropped” or independent panel, which may be more comfortable for some horses. (This Black Country Solare jumping saddle features both Serge and K-Panel options!)
Black Country offers a wealth of leather options for skirts and flaps, as well as knee pads and specialized full coverage leathers! Rich colors include traditional Black, Dark Brown, Newmarket, Havana, and Oxblood. View the catalog at www.blackcountrysaddles.com for the full range of options.
Pictured: Black Country Vinici Dressage saddle in Oxblood Vintage leather.
Black Country Leather Balsam
This is one of the nicest leather care products anywhere! The light, non-greasy balm is made of natural oils, fats and beeswax for a mold resistance and waterproofing. Quickly absorbing and makes leather very supple–a light application will last a long time! Good for new and used leather.
Black Country Leather Balsam is made in England and has limited availability in the US.
Black Country Demo Saddles
We have Black Country demo saddles! Saddle fitting clients within our traveling area may test ride any of our demo saddles during fitting appointments. Our stock of demos is always changing, but usually demo saddles are available in seat sizes 17″ or 17.5″, with a range of color, leather, and flap options to try. If you’d like to test ride any of our demo saddles below, click the button to schedule a fitting appointment, and be sure to let us know which model piqued your interest!
Black Country Ricochet
The Ricochet is one of Black Country’s most popular jumping and eventing saddles, featuring a low profile, square-cantled seat, and the fashionable, close-contact continental look preferred by Hunter/Jumper riders. The standard tree and panel combination for the Ricochet tends to suit high-withered horses like Thoroughbreds and many more modern Warmblood types.
Colors: Black, Dark Brown, Ox Blood