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Saddles for women and men?

If you ask some people, almost all saddles are made for the male pelvis, despite the fact that today many more women than men ride horses. It is logical that we at Fryso are sometimes asked whether our saddles are also suitable for women.

It's fantastic that today's riders are so interested in acquiring knowledge! Because more knowledge generally benefits horse welfare and horsemanship. Hence this blog about our vision on saddles for women (and men).

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The difference between women and men

There is an essential difference between the bodies of men and women. If we then focus on the body parts that touch the saddle, you will see that the woman's pelvis is wider, with more widely spaced ischial tuberosity, a longer tail bone and upper legs that have a wider angle to the hip. The female pelvis balances on 3 points, while the male pelvis balances on 2 points. Women's legs are also generally slightly shorter.

You can imagine that this influences which saddle you can sit comfortably on and ride well and neatly.

So, do we have saddles for women?

Of course! Fryso also has saddles for women. However, we do not have specific saddles for women or men. We experience that the type of tree and the structure of the seat together determine whether you sit comfortably in a saddle.

The difference in the hip/pelvis of men and women can be just as great as the differences between one woman and another. So the saddle that you (as a woman) sit on could be terrible for a friend.

When we come and measure for a saddle, we of course go for a saddle that fits your horse well, but also for a saddle that you sit comfortably on and can ride well. The rider's preference also comes into play here. One rider wants a little more support, the other a little more freedom and the riding style also plays a role.

Conclusion of this story

If you ask us, a saddle that you can sit comfortably on is not only a matter of what the tree looks like, but also how the saddle is constructed.

During a fitting session we also look at the rider's posture and seat, where we can vary the structure of the seat in order to put together a nice saddle for your horse and for you. For example, we can adjust the twist (the narrowest point of the seat), the stirrup hooks and the padding of the saddle seat. As icing on the cake, you also have the choice to completely tailor the looks to your style.

Are you interested in a saddle that is perfectly tailored to your horse and you? Please contact us for a saddle fitting session with Fryso saddles.

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Marjan Schalekamp

I just don't want to lose it anymore. This saddle is also very suitable for my KWPNers!

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  • Name: Marjan Schalekamp
  • Location: Northwold
  • Highest level ridden: Grand Prix
  • Saddle type: Fryso Comfort AE Special

Esther Hoekstra

Fryso's service is really fantastic, they think along with you and look at the rider's wishes. In addition, they have a lot of expertise and the horse is also central

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  • Name: Esther Hoekstra
  • Location: Kollumerzwaag
  • Highest level ridden: ZZ-Heavy / 135cm
  • Saddle type: Comfort AE Special / Jump

Leonie Evink

I was looking for a saddle that was comfortable and also offered me strength. In addition to my wishes, the saddle also had to fit my horse well. Ezelien then pointed me to the Fryso saddle, and since then I don't want anything else.

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  • Name: Leonie Evink
  • Location: Aldeboarn
  • Highest level ridden: Intermediate I
  • Saddle type: Freeze Comfort

Lora Burger

A suitable saddle is very important. On advice we bought a new Fryso saddle. Our horse immediately started to finish her movements better. I would recommend both the filling service and the fitting service for a new saddle, they are real professionals, come from the sport themselves and see very well what the horse and rider needs.

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  • Name: Lora Burger
  • Location: Purmer
  • Highest level ridden:
  • Saddle type: Fryso Comfort AE Special

Marsha Dijkman-de Vries

Through a number of adjustments that were specifically aimed at me and my horses, I have obtained my ultimate saddle that ensures better sports performance. The saddles helped to optimize my posture.

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  • Name: Marsja Dijkman-de Vries
  • Location: pingjum
  • Highest level ridden: Grand Prix Model
  • Saddle type: Fryso Comfort AE Special
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Demi van Nispen

With the fryso saddle I have found my perfect saddle! The saddle fits well on both of my Friesians and I have sufficient stability on the saddle.

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  • Name: Demi van Nispen
  • Location: Aalsmeer
  • Highest level ridden:
  • Saddle type: Fryso Expression

Gerda the Great

I've been a fan from day one and have been riding the great Fryso saddles for almost 15 years! The fitting and filling service is great. When in doubt, they will come right away.

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  • Name: Gerda the Great
  • Location: Bakehouses
  • Highest level ridden: ZZ-Light
  • Saddle type: Freeze Comfort

Stable Henswoude

The Fryso Comfort is very suitable for my stallions and training horses.

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  • Name: Stable Henswoude
  • Location: Aldeboarn
  • Highest level ridden:
  • Saddle type: Freeze Comfort

Anne Wientjes

All Fryso saddles are of super quality and they are very comfortable. Fryso itself also has a top service. They come especially from the north of the country to the south of the country for (semi) annual filling.

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  • Name: Anneke van den Branden-Wientjes
  • Location: Bergeijk
  • Highest level ridden: Z1 dressage
  • Saddle type: Fryso Expression

Stable Chardon

We choose Fryso saddles because it is made to measure and with expert advice. The saddles are suitable for various levels and the horses run well with the Fryso saddles.

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  • Name: Stable Chardon
  • Location: Jorwert
  • Highest level ridden:
  • Saddle type: Freeze Comfort

Sigrid Seebacher

Here is my Barockpinto Stallion Johannes BP09 with his Fryso Comfort!
I really love that saddle and never would like to have another one.

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  • Name: Sigrid Seebacher
  • Location: Austria
  • Highest level ridden: -
  • Saddle type: Freeze Comfort

Wildcroft Friesian & Baroque Pinto Stud

I am very happy with the shape of the saddle the quality of the leather and the semi deep seat it provides to the rider.

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  • Name: Grace Lammers
  • Location: Australia
  • Highest level ridden:
  • Saddle type: several

Stable de Weidhoeve & Jelle ter Weide

As the Weidhoeve stable, we use quality products from Fryso and Tweespan.

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  • Name: Jelle ter Weide
  • Location: Tjerkwerd
  • Highest level ridden:
  • Saddle type: Fryso saddles

Jettie Rust

Ever since I was little I wanted a Fryso saddle, after my accident in 2012 I wanted to ride again but I couldn't ride a “normal” saddle anymore.

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  • Name: Jettie Rust
  • Location: -
  • Highest level ridden: -
  • Saddle type: -

Remona van Maurik

I have always dreamed of a Fryso saddle. And I even became first through the Fryso Legato.

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  • Name: Remona van Maurik
  • Location: Upper Lions
  • Highest level ridden: M2
  • Saddle type: Legato

Linda van der Heide – Ernst

I am the lucky winner of the Fryso Saddle via the Bit contest. Coincidentally I had just bought a new horse (a 3 year old Westpoint).

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  • Name: Linda van der Heide - Ernst
  • Location: -
  • Highest level ridden: -
  • Saddle type: Fryso Devotion

Helen de Haas

My horse can move well in the saddle because the shoulders are free. I never want another saddle again!

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  • Name: Wendy Stalls
  • Location: Ospeldijk
  • Highest level ridden: Z2
  • Saddle type: Friesland Square

Karlijn van Vugt & Equestrian Center Eelde

The Fryso saddles ensure optimum shoulder free riding, which is necessarily for our development.

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  • Name: Karlin van Vugt
  • Location: Eelde
  • Highest level ridden: light tour
  • Saddle type: Fryso Comfort AE Special

Our Saddle Specialists

Sybren Minkema

Active in dressage and harness sport with Friesian horses. Specialized in measuring (Fryso) saddles.

Emma Spoelstra – Kingma

Active in dressage sport (KWPN and Friesian). Specialized in (Fryso) saddle filling, saddle repair, Bit and Bridle fitter and measuring De Niro riding boots.

Mariana Raven

Active in show jumping and dressage sport (KWPN). Specialized in filling and repairing (Fryso) saddles.

Elzelien Renssen

Active in the breeding of Friesian horses.

Rianne de Jong – Struijs

Active in dressage sport. Specialized in selling equestrian articles, webshop management, Social Media, customer contact and measuring De Niro riding boots.

Meinie Kampen

Active in dressage sport. Tweespan shop and webshop, advice and sales employee, Social Media and tailoring De Niro riding boots.

Anna Maaike Fokkema

Anna Maaike has worked with Friesian horses for years, now she rides and drives with her harness. Specialized in saddle padding and repair.

Marrit de Vries

Marrit is active in dressage with both Friesian horses and KWPN horses. Specialized in saddle padding and repair.