These panels options are only available in PDS Dresage saddles.
The panel depth and shape varies according to the type of horse it is most suited to. Each panel is made up of a special memory foam layer and a layer of flocking so each panel can be tailor fitted to any horse.
The PDS panels are designed to achieve great stability. Each saddle within the PDS range has an AMS panel that is specially designed for a certain type of horse. There are three kinds of panels choices: Standard, Alto and Corto.
Alto Panels (High) The ALTO panel is built to fit horses with prominent withers and a greater height difference from withers to back. The Alto saddle has a deeper AMS panel at the front and back to offer extra support and clearance over the withers and spine. The addition of a front gusset in the panel gives clearance over the withers with extra padding in the region of the panel that sits just behind the shoulder, offering extra support where the horse often lacks muscle.
To balance the saddle, extra depth is also provided in the rear gusset of the ALTO panel.
“This type of panel is remarkable, my Thoroughbred had never been able to perform medium trot in the 7 years I have owned him. I have had many problems trying to find a saddle that fits this horse properly. After riding in the PDS saddle for 20 minutes it was like a miracle, he felt so free and comfortable I asked for medium trot and off he went. It was an amazing feeling and cried I was so happy” Belinda Cullen, Equine Physiotherapist.
Corto Panels (Short) Corto panels are designed for a more compact type of horse with a
well-developed muscular back. The gusset at the back of the saddle is flatter to fit the contours of the horse’s back.