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NW-Twist – Bi-NateLine®

Many riders love the feeling of a narrow twist. The twist is the part of the saddle you feel between your upper inner thigh. Most trees with a narrow twist minimize the weight-bearing surface for the horse’s back, especially between T10 and T13. Excessive pressure in this area can lead to hypertrophy, hypertension and painful reaction to palpation. The horse is restricted in using its back correctly. This scientific study has been published by the University of Zurich in the journal entry “The importance of the twist in the context of proper saddle fit”. The study aimed at investigating the correlation between back pain and saddles with and without a narrow twist. Comparisons, especially in the craniomedial area, showed that saddles with narrow twists exhibited higher pressure readings and resulted in more incidences of hypertrophy in the Spinalis Thoracis muscle.

So how do we keep a nice narrow twist for the rider, but an appropriately wide twist for a better weight-bearing surface for the horse’s back to avoid pain? Schleese, the leader in innovative saddle solutions bisected the tree at the twist to develop the revolutionary NW-Twist. What is an NW-Twist? It is a tree with an extremely narrow twist for the rider and a wide twist for the horse. This gives the rider a comfortable seat with extremely close contact with the horse while providing the horse with optimal weight distribution and maximum freedom of movement to engage its back pain-free.

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I just wanted to let you know that it has been another great round of fitting sessions with your hard working staff. Linda did a marvelous job arranging the schedule so that my friend and I could meet with Alexa and Juila on a weekend because of our work schedule. Alexa and Julia then did a great job helping Mary and I with our saddles and we are both beyond happy with how our horses are doing. I had some concerns following my fitting so Alexa and Julia swung by my barn on their way to another client one more time a few days later to recheck and ease my pre-horse show nerves. Alexa then sent me an article to help explain what I was seeing. All of this was a tribute to your company's service to us as riders and our horses. I also want to mention Natalie Sauner (we do miss her!) has been a star in helping with fitting my horse and I and even answers some questions for me this time around via text message. Thank you for having such a stellar group of people and standing behind your saddles.  :-) 

— Becky Sturdy - Downers Grove, IL

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