“The worldwide mission of Specialized Saddles is to alleviate horses’ sore backs, resulting from poor saddle fit. Specialized Saddles provides both horse & rider with unequaled comfort.”
We are blessed to have made great strides toward achieving this goal. Our customers and their input & support keep Specialized Saddles growing and improving.
David Kaden & Tracy Webb-Kaden
It is said that “necessity is the mother of invention.” This is certainly true with the origins of Specialized Saddles. David Kaden and Tracy Webb developed the revolutionary Specialized Saddles to meet their own needs and to fix the fitting problems they experienced with traditional saddles.
Specialized Saddles more popular features are:
*Adjustable stirrup positions (forward, balanced or centered)
*Allows multiple horses to be fit to one saddle
* Lightweight, close contact saddles
* Custom saddles, built to fit the rider’s specific needs
The patented adjustable 3-D fitting system developed by David Kaden has greatly improved saddle fit. This improved technology has led to superior performance by horses worldwide. Specialized Saddles has customers and sales representatives around the world.
Specialized Saddles is the international leader in endurance saddles, and they continue to evolve their products to meet the needs of other disciplines. The 100 mile endurance time world record of 6 hours 11 minutes was set in 2011 using a Eurolight model.
Extensive computer pressure pad research has been crucial in the development of the Specialized Saddles adjustable fit system and our saddles. David gives clinics on the importance of saddle fit for both horse and rider, demonstrating how to diagnose saddle fit and how to select the best saddle for a particular discipline. Clinics are available for scheduling in many areas, so if interested, call for a possible clinic date in your area.
David and his wife Tracy are lifelong horse people. David and Tracy both have over 5000 miles in endurance competitions and have won three AERC National Championships, as well as the International Arabian Horse Association (IAHA) National endurance championship, and AERC Jim Jones National Champion hi point endurance stallion. Both have finished the Tevis 100 endurance event.
David has proven the effectiveness of Specialized and TW saddles in other disciplines, as well. He used his own homemade jumping saddle to win Regional AHA Championships in Colorado and California in Open Jumper and Hunter Over Fences on horses he trained.
David says it is clear that better saddle fit results in happier, more willing horses and ultimately better performance in all equestrian disciplines. He enjoys introducing riders unfamiliar with Specialized Saddles to measurable improvements in their horses’ movement by demonstrating the stride extension that his fitting system provides. When tracked with a radar gun, most horses show a 2 – 3 mph improvement in their top end speed in mounted shooting, as well as smoother turns and better attitude.
Amanda Lackey is the Specialized Saddles general manager. Amanda has worked along side Tracy and David at Flight Leader Farm for many years working with horses. Amanda is a top competitor in both Western and Endurance events with many first places in both disciplines to her credit. Amanda is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a degree in Ag Marketing.