The "Bella" English Endurance TEK
The Bella is a lower pommel english endurance saddle for those transitioning from a traditional flat english saddle, to one with a bit more security. The Bella has a 1" lower pommel up front, and a 3.5" tall roll over style cantle . You can also upgrade to a pencil roll (shown in photo) or cheyenne roll cantle. Articulated soft padded knee and thigh blocks for gentle positioning are carefully crafted into a full english lined on the backside flap. Built on a Steele tree, riding english on a tree with western bars translates to a lot of contact surface against the horse lowering your psi significantly as opposed to a flocked underside. You choose the flat suspended seat as seen in the photo, or the deep suspended Trail Seat (as seen in the Endurance TEK photos). Shown in suede, it is also available in smooth leather.
Leathers: Standard are 1 1/4" Biothane adjustable position continuous buckle at the bottom with a leather cuff over the buckle (no buckle under your thigh). Biothane is very flat and close feeling. 1" leathers are available upon request. 1" leather billets are available as an upgrade.
Rigging: english 2 billet (1" wide billets) adjustable center fire rigging out of biothane for a flat close contact feel. 1 1/2" billets are available as an upgrade along with the optional upgrade girth that has larger buckles. Leather billets available as an upgrade. This model does not have a rear D housing for western rigging however a person could switch to western latigo billets using the two rings under the flap.
Stirrups: standard nylon endurance stirrups on 1 1/4" biothane leathers. 1" leathers do not come with stirrups as there are so many to choose from and stirrups are a personal thing for most english riders. We prefer the Reflex with a toe cage for safety reasons.
Hardware: If you are a trail rider, additional hardware can be added such as rings up front and back.
Weight: This saddle weighs approximately 18 lbs.
Fenders: Optional slide on narrow fenders are available for those with inner thighs that get pinched.
Trees: our choice of Steele Saddle Trees is included in the price plus follow up fitting consultation on the dynamic ridden horse and your pad.
Base price $1989.00 with endurance stirrups and 1 1/4" biothane leathers. If you order 1" leathers stirrups are not included and the price is $1950.00
Double Diamond Bella English Endurance Options
Stirrup position adjustment feature: for rider comfort, we have an easy to change feature allows you to move your leathers to one of three stationary positions depending on your riding style and how you are built. You do not have to position them, you can also leave them free swinging. Gaited riders typically leave them alone, whereas active posting riders use the position adjustment to insure their riding in a balanced feet under you position. The best way to try it out is to do just that: ride and try it out in all the positions, and then free swinging. All you need is a hex or flat head screw driver.
Available in 3.5" cantle, Standard is the roll over style, or upgrade to the Cheyenne Roll or Pencil Roll style.
Descreet small stainless hardware includes four rings in the rear and breast collar rings. You can upgrade to the Jerimiah Wyatt Horseshoe hardware.
Some folks want footmans loops, a crupper ring, mule britchen rings, and/or extra rings for trail gear. For a small upcharge we can add additional hardware.
Smooth or suede leather, black, dark brown and light brown
Suspended Trail Seat: a deeper seat, the narrowest twist, with a soft rise in front and pocket to sit in
Suspended Flat Seat: the rise is a full 1" lower where it connects to the pommel or swell. The Flat seat also gives a slightly wider sitting area for those riders needing a bit more width. The Flat seat with a Cheyenne roll cantle offers the ultimate "more" sit area feel.
From left to right: Black, Brown, Dark Chestnut, Light Chestnut, Golden, Walnut, Dark Oil Brown
Standard are the nylon endurance with 1 1/4" biothane leathers. Should you choose 1" width your saddle will not come with stirrups as there are hundreds of english iron choices. We prefer the Reflex stirrups with toe cages for safety reasons as this is a trail saddle.
We understand that rigging is a part of saddle fit. Most treed saddles use fixed position rigging. Having adjustable rigging allows you to customize the fit to each animal and aids in keeping your saddle in the correct position. For the Bella English Endurance we offer English two billet (a billet to the front and rear under the jocky, slides through a flat rectangle leather guide and adjusts right at your girth). Billets are available in standard 1" or 1 1/2" which requres a girth with wider buckles (see accessories). If adjustable rigging is not something you desire, you can choose stationary center fire, still a better choice than the very forward one ring version that often leads to saddles moving and shifting.
X WIDE English 1 1/2" Billets with Guide
X WIDE Buckle with Neoprene Girth
All stainless, elastic on both ends, choose your size. Most DD saddles use 26, 28, 30"
Any and all of the Steele Saddle Tree Company tree fits for horses and mules from Paso Fino’s to drafts to Mammoth Donkeys to Welch Cobs and all the gaited breeds, Arabs and everything in between. We don’t build saddles by the breed, we build saddles by the fit! We won’t build your gaited saddle necessarily on a “gaited tree”. Nor will be necessarily build a mule saddle on a “mule tree”. We build saddles on trees that fit.
14-18 (additional upcharge for 14 and 18)
The Bella English Endurance TEK is built with a short single skirt with an open butterfly rear for full spinal clearance and protection. The skirt leather comes just barely beyond the bar of the tree. For example a seat size 16 will have a skirt length of approx. 25" but the tree is what is important for weight bearing purposes.
Additionally, we offer the following upgrades:
- Sweat Flap
- Two-tone colors on the saddle
- Double Diamond Matching Tack
- Matching Bucking Rolls
Unless the saddle maker or myself are in error, your signed returned email “accepted as written” is your commitment to your saddle and there is no return policy. We strive to insure that your saddle is built on a tree that will fit your animal and your designs are specific to your style choice.
We are happy to assist you in selling your saddle by posting it on our website under ‘saddles in stock for sale” should your animal unfortunately pass over the rainbow, is injured, or other unforeseen circumstances. As your animal changes we are happy to assist you in learning the art of “reading your fit” whether it be for a changing growing animal or a new or different animal. We choose trees with changes in mind and they are very generous to allow for thicker and/or shimmed saddle pads should that be necessary. Keep in mind however that a larger wider animal may not fit into a saddle built for a narrow smaller animal. Our together time leading up to your final order includes much needed information so as to choose a tree based on the measurements static and movement statically. We have a very high rate of success helping our customers.