FAQs

What is HART?

Your guarantee that your saddle includes all the key innovations and performance features known to deliver the highest standard in comfort and performance for you and your horse. Saddle brands that offer the advantages of HART are Arena Saddles, Bates Saddles, and Wintec Saddles.

HART encompasses the collective power of the following technologies:

  • CAIR Cushion System for the most protective cushioning
  • EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution for a precision custom fit
  • An Elastiflex Tree for ergonomic flex in movement
  • Performance panel technology for freedom of movement
  • Comfort seat technology for superior rider position

How do I know if a saddle features HART?

Simply turn the saddle over and look for the HART logo at the back of the chamber, or stamped into the under-flap of the saddle.

On saddles manufactured before HART was introduced, the combination of both a CAIR badge at the back of the chamber and an EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution badge at the front of the chamber identifies saddles with the same benefits.

What’s the difference between a saddle featuring CAIR or EASY-CHANGE vs HART?

Many riders have long enjoyed the benefits of these technologies in saddles pre-dating HART. If your saddle features both the CAIR Cushion System badge at the back of the chamber and the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution badge at the front of the chamber, you can be assured it features the same benefits as those carrying the HART badge.

Which saddle brands feature HART?

HART (Horse and Rider Technology) is available in selected Arena Saddles, Bates Saddles, and Wintec Saddles. Please contact the brand, or follow the above steps to identify if a particular model features HART.

When are saddles with HART available? 

Arena Saddles have always featured HART! Riders have been able to purchase Wintec Saddles with the HART badge since the middle of 2019 and Bates Saddles with HART since early 2020, however availability will be different by market, so please contact the saddle brand of your choice for further information.

Who makes saddles with HART?

Saddlery Brands International is the manufacturer of Arena Saddles, Bates Saddles, and Wintec Saddles, and is directly owned by the parent company Hammersmith Nominees. With a focus on research and development, the parent company based in Perth, Western Australia has a strong legacy of developing innovative solutions to optimise horse and rider comfort and performance and are renowned as the industry leaders in saddle innovation.

Many of the features in the Arena, Bates and Wintec saddle ranges are protected by patents and design registrations.

Saddlery Brands International believes that every horse and rider deserves a saddle that can optimise their position, improve their riding, and gift their horse total comfort and freedom of movement now and into the future.

Rest assured that both horses and riders are in safe hands in a saddle that features Horse and Rider Technology (HART).