About the Saddle
The Jonathan Field Freemotion Saddle™ evolved over eight years and more than forty prototypes with input and ideas from three saddle makers and five tree makers. Jonathan and dozens of other riders have tried out various tree angles, seat and stirrup arrangements in its development. As a result, Jonathan’s vision has become reality in the form of this top quality, professional grade saddle that allows for comfort and freedom of movement for both horse and rider.
The tree of the Freemotion™ Saddle is made of wood with a fibreglass cover. It has been designed with wide-angle, full quarter horse bars, with a flare at the front to allow for freedom of movement in the shoulder. The built-in Ground Seat gives more consistent seat shape in every saddle. The tree also features a recessed area on both top and bottom for the stirrups which allows from closer contact and prevention of pressure to your horse from the stirrup leathers.
The seat is what determines the comfort for the rider. It has been designed to put the rider on a comfortable balance point while maintaining a close contact between you and your horse. The seat has also been built up in order to create a narrow seat for the rider so you won’t feel spread out over the wide tree.
MARTIN SADDLERY ADJUSTABLE RIGGING:
The patented, in-skirt adjustable rigging by Martin Saddlery is a fantastic innovation that allows you to set your saddle where you want it quickly and adjust your cinch to Extra-Full, Full Forward, or Full, allowing the cinch to sit in each horse’s natural girth groove while keeping the saddle in the correct placement on the back.
All stirrups on the Freemotion™ Saddle are pre-twisted and set to allow for more rider comfort. The stirrups sit slightly forward, like a performance riding saddle, so when your horse jumps, ducks, slides or spins you are able to keep proper body position. For the more classical equitation, like what Jonathan uses in his shows, the stirrups will freely move directly underneath you to allow for easy alignment of your shoulders, hips and heels.
The slick-form pommel has been raised and shaved out to allow ample clearance for the narrow, high withered horse.
The Freemotion™ saddle tree comes in one size. While no tree can be designed to fit every horse, this tree is designed to fit a large range of horses. The wide tree with lots of shoulder movement and short rounded skirts will fit well to the short backed, broad shouldered horse. With a little extra padding, the high clearance in the gullet will also fit the narrower, high withered horse. The very wide, mutton withered horse is the hardest horse to fit, and the Freemotion™ saddle will fit that horse only moderately well.
Seat sizes are available in: 15.5″, 16.5″ and 17.5″
Fender lengths are available in: Short, Regular and Long
The Freemotion™ saddle weighs 31 pounds. In building the saddle, our goal was to keep it as light as possible without sacrificing strength or quality. The skirt has been cut away and rounded in order to keep the saddle light while also staying out of the way of your horse’s hips.
The following features are included on all Freemotion™ saddles:
- Rear Cinch
- High, martingale-style breast collar D’s and Crouper Ring
- Mule Hide Horn Wrap
- Latigo and Cinch Carriers
- Herman Oak Leather and Craftsman Stitching
- Six Strings and Rosettes
- Stainless Steel Hardware
- Leather wrapped 2″ Bell Stirrups
The following additional options are available:
SPECIAL EDITION FREEMOTION™ SADDLE
The Special Edition Freemotion™ Saddle features the same construction and sizing options at the regular Freemotion™ saddle, with the addition of a few Special Features that come standard:
- Larger Saddle Horn
- Fully Tooled (Small Acorn Oak)
- Slotted Horn Steer Conchos are included
- Bucking Rolls
- Lariat Carrier
- 4″ Monel Stirrups
- Matching Breast Collar is included
- Each Special Edition Freemotion™ Saddle is marked and numbered with a plaque on the back of the cantle.
Available in 15.5″, 16.5″ or 17.5″ Seat Size
Short, Regular or Long Fenders
7 DAY TRIAL PERIOD:
Upon receipt of your new Freemotion™ Saddle, wrap the horn and stirrups, grab a clean saddle pad, put it on your horse and go for a ride! If you should find that it doesn’t fit yourself or your horse as expected and you would like to return it, let us know. You can then ship the saddle back to us and when we receive it (in the same condition we shipped it in), we will give you a refund for the full value of the saddle.