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NW-Twist – Bi-NateLine®

Many riders love the feeling of a narrow twist. The twist is the part of the saddle you feel between your upper inner thigh. Most trees with a narrow twist minimize the weight-bearing surface for the horse’s back, especially between T10 and T13. Excessive pressure in this area can lead to hypertrophy, hypertension and painful reaction to palpation. The horse is restricted in using its back correctly. This scientific study has been published by the University of Zurich in the journal entry “The importance of the twist in the context of proper saddle fit”. The study aimed at investigating the correlation between back pain and saddles with and without a narrow twist. Comparisons, especially in the craniomedial area, showed that saddles with narrow twists exhibited higher pressure readings and resulted in more incidences of hypertrophy in the Spinalis Thoracis muscle.

So how do we keep a nice narrow twist for the rider, but an appropriately wide twist for a better weight-bearing surface for the horse’s back to avoid pain? Schleese, the leader in innovative saddle solutions bisected the tree at the twist to develop the revolutionary NW-Twist. What is an NW-Twist? It is a tree with an extremely narrow twist for the rider and a wide twist for the horse. This gives the rider a comfortable seat with extremely close contact with the horse while providing the horse with optimal weight distribution and maximum freedom of movement to engage its back pain-free.

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I just wanted to update you on the special HK Plus that you made for my horse and me. Although I was not 100% convinced the day that we tried the new saddle out at Christiane's, I can honestly say that we both love it now. It feels very nice for me and Devoto seems to be working better from behind. Steffen (Peters) was able to ride in it finally and he was impressed too. He felt that it was the best Schleese saddle that he had ridden in because it has some of the flexibility that he likes in a saddle as compared to his. His seat did not fit in the female crafted seat so he was not personally comfortable in it, but I can't say that it matters to me because it fits me beautifully :-))) Thank you for your attention to detail, and to working so patiently and generously with me to find the right solution for my horse, we both truly appreciate it.  

— Kimberly Cook & Devoto - Toyon Farm Yountville, CA

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