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Recent News From KiefferPoints:

Kieffer Points

This Kieffer saddle came in to have the foam in the panels replaced with flocking, and to widen the panels. (See "Courbette" or "Thorowgood" entries for examples of replacing foam or widening panels.)

When I dropped the panels on this Kieffer, I discovered that the points didn't match:


As a horse moves his foreleg forward, his shoulderblade rotates backward under the saddle. The points of the English tree help to guide the shoulderblade under the saddle. They are rounded and flexible, and so are able to help the shoulderblade slide without banging into it.

If the points aren't symmetrical--or worse, have sharp edges or corners--then the horse's shoulderblade will not slide as easily. Instead, it will encounter interference with each stride, each time the shoulderblade has to rotate backwards.

I removed the points, made leather ones to replace them, and attached them:


(Added on Saturday, August 13, 2005 @ 02:18:29 AM)