Professional saddle fitter

As riders, horsemen, and competitors, we are all looking to maximize our horses’ performance, and we approach our horses as high-performance athletes now more than ever.

THE APPOINTMENT

We travel with a broad range of test ride saddles for you to try, allowing you to compare the many different models available.

SADDLE FITTING

Fitting starts with a static back evaluation, and tracings followed by mounted saddle and gait assessment. Appointment time is generally 1.5-2 hours and includes onsite flocking adjustments.

TRIAL SADDLES

Test rides are available for a 7 day trial period and customer is responsible for shipping, however, an appointment where Patty's able to view and analyze the riders balance in the saddle is ideal.

Frequently Asked Questions

FLAP LEATHER CHOICES:
Vintage, buffalo, and calfskin.

SEAT LEATHER OPTIONS
​Scrumph​
Suede- another option for extra grip.
Doe-ultimate in softness.
Calfskin-deluxe covered option standard on some models.

Content

STANDARD COLORS:
Brown, black, and newmarket.

CUSTOM COLORS:
Bright blue, bright red, dark red, white, hunter green, lime green, pink, purple, gold, and silver.

From Black Country's Website:
"Eurotrees – 10 year guarantee We use only the best quality British wood laminated Spring Trees which are speci cally calibrated via our cad-system at our sister company Eurotrees headed up by Managing Partner Pete Dutton. Each tree is crafted to its own speci cation, depending on the pro le requirements of the horse and the design of saddle for which it is destined. All trees come with a 10 year guarantee subject to normal usage against general riding conditions and conform to the latest British Standard BS6635. Our trees are adjustable up to one width tting either way. This alteration can be made at the factory or by an authorised repair agent."

How long is a saddle fitting appointment?

Fitting starts with a static back evaluation, and tracings followed by mounted saddle and gait assessment. Appointment time is generally 1.5 - 2 hours and includes onsite flocking adjustments.

What is the best way to reach you?

Available by phone and by email, however, due to extensive traveling and appointments I prefer to be reached by e-mail.

How far do you travel?

While Patty Merli Saddles is based in Aiken, South Carolina we travel from Boston to Wellington.

Do you offer trials on saddles?

Test rides are available for a 7 day trial period and customer is responsible for shipping.

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Leather Colors

BROWN

OXBLOOD

NEWMARKET

BLACK

Testimonials

Thank you again Patty for the help with fitting Enchantez for Rolex!

Lindsay Oaks

For years I was frustrated with a slipping forward pommel and getting popped out of the tack over fences. Then I met Patty Merli and she took 6 years of frustration and solved it within an hour.

Lynsey Ekema

Just received my new Black Country jump saddle. It is superb thanks to the great advice and support of Patty Merli. My only regret.... I didn't get it years ago.

Mickey Lorenzen

Thank you so much Patty Merli for your expertise in saddle fit! I feel so secure in my saddles and my horses are going better than ever.

‎Ashley Allen Phillips‎