I’m Carmi Weininger of the ReactorPanel Saddle Company Let’s address the burning
question that everyone asks: What IS the ReactorPanel Saddle? How does RP work, and how is it different? Here’s a tour. let’s start with the saddle “top” This is a saddle outfitted for trail riding with a leg channel and D rings to hang your gear. All of our saddles have the same technology for fitting the horse We build on many trees so we can make seats that are comfortable for any rider. There are fifteen different models so we can support any type of riding. The tree angles are obvious because they are not covered in flocking. It’s easy to see the angle of the tree which should match the angle of your horse’s shoulder. The bottom of the RP saddle does not have flocking unlike conventional saddles that use wool, air or foam to pad the horse’s back. Instead, RP saddle trees are covered in Velcro The circles are used to assemble the saddle A rubber disc goes into each circle Use four discs to assemble the saddle. The rubber dscs come in three different sizes: Half- inch three-quarter inch and one inch thick. Our discs are made of Sorbothane, which is a very dense patented material Discs attach the saddle to the panels We will look at the panels in a minute. Because the discs are dense rubber, The discs act as shock absorbers. Because the discs are on velcro, they can be adjusted almost infinitely Which is how we get a custom fit for different horses. Now, let’s talk about panels. The kidney shape of the panel is anatomically designed To fit the area of the horse’s back that is able to carry weight The curved top of the panel follows the curve from the horse’s wither to the back The contoured bottom of the panel Is designed to fit around the flare of the ribs.. The panels contain high tech foams so they also absorb shock The panels are very flexible and soft. Let’s look at an assembled saddle. Here is a ReactorPanel Dressage Saddle. The panels are attached underneath, and you can see the edges in front You can also see the panels in the rear. Taking a closer look, You can see the discs sitting in their circles and holding the saddle together. because the panels are independently
attached on the left in the right The panels move totally independently from each other They move out of the way of the shoulder The discs allow the panels to compress and expand The high tech materials allow the panels to flex and follow the back as it moves Our horses are not like merry-go-round steeds rising up and down. Instead, our real horses have backs that swing back and forth as they move. The ReactorPanel saddle is uniquely designed To follow the horse’s moving back. Let’s take a closer look at the rear of the saddle. You’ll see the discs – one on each side. Check out the angle of the panels in the rear. Now watch what happens if you put the saddle on a horse with a broad flat back. The panel automatically flattens out to follow the back! Of course if your horse has a steep angle from spine to ribs The panels will remain steep to fit the horse. So – let’s talk weight distribution., The ReactorPanel system is uncommonly close contact. You can see this yourself By lifting the flaps of the saddle, you can see The saddle sits down right on top of the thin panel So in the center, there is an additional weight distribution point You are close right where you need it: right under your seat bones. The panels are thin and also compress under your weight So you can easily feel the motion of the back The attaching discs are well out of the way of your seat. The front discs work around the shoulder The rear discs flex with the hip And you sit in the middle with a great deal of stability. You are NOT up in the air suspended on the discs But instead are as close to the motion of the horse as you are likely to get in a saddle.