Thank you very much "Simply Southern" for the article
Thank you Mr. William Shatner
The Original Continental Pullman Saddle Co. was originally founded in 1985 in Indiana USA, then relocated in the mid 1990's to Ider, Alabama.
The Continental brand prouds itself to offer individually, handcrafted saddles that are ALL hand tooled and to this day STILL being built in Alabama USA using the best materials available, we are able to offer HIGH quality saddles at a reasonable price.
Our saddles are built on the revolutionary 'Equi-flex' (R) brand saddle trees by Steele Saddle Tree Co. and were developed specifically for todays performance horses in mind to provide the highest level of performance possible by eliminating pressure points and bridging often known to cause dry spots and sore backs with conventional saddle trees used by our competitors.
Our state-of-the-art seat padding will provide you with most comfortable ride you will EVER have while providing the most possible close contact
Find out for yourself what we and our saddles are all about, just email us or call us and ask about our 'Non-obligation' Demo saddle program and
EXPERIENCE THE CONTINENTAL DIFFERENCE
ATTENTION European Customers - PLEASE note that OUR saddles, made by US, Continental Saddlery Inc., Ider Alabama are known in Europe as "C.S. The Reining Authority" and carry THIS (our) logo. Saddles NOT carrying our Logo but just the 'Continental Saddlery' brand name are NOT made by OUR company and we are NOT affiliated with those saddles or their maker.
ALL our saddles are still individually hand crafted and hand tooled the old fashion way
right here at our shop in Alabama
No mass production 'assembly' like most other brands.
STILL building one saddle at a time, the old fashion way, with the utmost care and precision.
Demystifying the flexible saddle tree
Why a flexible tree ?
As with ANY consumer products in general, TECHNOLOGY evolved throughout the years. We watch flat screen color tv's and no longer 10" black and white tv's - the same goes for the saddle tree - it has EVOLVED into a NEW, advanced generation of saddle tree that is a FAR CRY from those conventional trees being used for centuries made out of wood, covered with hide or fiberglas.
Do I NEED a saddle with an Equi-flex tree ?
If you use your saddle mainly for heavy duty ranch work or steer rope THIS is not for you. Reining is all about 'feel' and being felt by your horse. The benefits of a flex tree are indisputable, a better 'feel' for the rider of the horse's movements, being a more 'pro-active' rider instead of just 'reactive'. Bridging and pressure points are being virtually eliminated by the saddle's/tree ability to conform to the horse's back versus the common, 'rigid' piece of wood placed on a horse's back with any "traditional" saddle tree. Borderline fitting problems are solved with the ability of the bars of the tree to conform and 'give' just enough to avoid pinching AND bridging.
Why does the flexible tree have such a bad reputation ?
When the idea of a 'flexible' saddle tree sprung over a decade ago, many tree manufacturers tried to offer THEIR version of a 'flexible' tree, MOST of them have failed due to their inconsistency in materials, concept of the 'flex' etc., resulting in a BAD reputation for the 'flexible' tree in general. The Steele Saddle Tree Co. has been working for YEARS on the RIGHT product before introducing it to the market, by THAT time the common 'flex' tree as it has been called already racked up a lot of criticism, so the Equi-flex tree is NOT just another "flex tree" !
Why don't other saddle brands use it ?
We CAN'T speak for the competition, but MOST other saddle brands do not specialize in Reining the way we do. To this day, the competition still 'snubs' the 'Equi-flex' tree as "just a fad". Talk to any of the thousands of customers of ours that have tried it and they tell you they would NEVER go back to the outdated, "traditional" saddle tree found in most other brands.
If you have ANY additional questions about the "flexible" saddle tree simply give us a call OR email us and ask for our non-obligation DEMO saddle and judge for yourself