About Us


We build Saddles for both horses and mules that fit, and evaluate/correct fit saddles for customers seeking advice on their fit for saddles they already own.

Double Diamond TEK and and our Ranch working saddles are built on trees (the FTBS Steele trees and Baties)  to fit trotting and gaited,  distance sports, back country Trail, English and Western models with technical features keeping saddles short, light, and close contact.  Our goal is to create harmony between the rider and their equine by eliminating the affects of pain, and through careful examination of both the static and dynamic movement,  balance the rider which ultimately  gives confidence to the animal.

 In 1990, owner and life long rider and driver Shelby Friml set out to introduce the equine world to Malden Mills Polar Tek fabric, at the time not a part of equestrian sports yet, the perfect performance fabic for cold athletic endeavors during long New England winters. After developing a full line of human clothing that matched the equine blankets, quarter sheets, and driving aprons, Double Diamond Equine moved to sunny North Carolina where riding and driving goes on throughout the year.  Double Diamond still builds an occasional driving apron and rump rug, but has changed the focus to saddle fit and providing "saddles that fit". 

Saddle fitting has become the center fold of our business, and we offer fit services by EQUIMapping. We utilize several modalities to determine fit that includes a full evaluation of the horse conformation, hoof trim, it's way of travel, the tack, pad, and the rider.  We are well versed in many of the orthopedic and corrective saddle pads that are available and utilize several of them in our corrective fit work. We work on all sorts of different saddles, helping riders and their equines ride out of pain. We focus on education for the owner. Pain is very distracting for both the equine and the rider, and can block success, change attitudes, and cause many physical and emotional affects.

We also help our customers design and build saddles, many that have our famous no-concussion suspended ground seat and a lot of technical features gleaned from the years working in the show, distance and trail categories.  

"Ride out of Pain"...

Your equine will thank you!