PS Saddle Tree

The heart of a saddle is the saddle tree. The PS saddle tree was developed 50 years ago by Passier, and has been continuously produced since then by our own saddle masters in Langenhagen. More than 1,200 steps are necessary to produce it. The main materials are wood and leather. In order to achieve the high degree of flexibility, several bamboo strips are worked into the saddle tree. The models with the PS saddle tree are available in up to seven different sizes from 16" to 19". As every saddle is made-to-measure, it is possible for Passier to produce a saddle seat in one size in combination with saddle flaps in another size.

Metal Bands

The Passier metal bands stabilize the saddle tree and also provide the necessary flexibility. Sheet metal is purposely not used in Passier metal bands so as not to injure the fibers of the steel and to thus provide the greatest possible stability. Instead, spring band steel is used which, through after-treatment, takes on a shape which is optimum for the saddle.

Stirrup Bar

In the PS saddle tree, the stirrup bar is made of a high-quality bronze alloy, which is produced by a wrought process. This stirrup bar has a breaking and tear-out strength of well over 600 Nm. Under normal conditions, it is impossible for a Passier stirrup bar to break or tear out.

Gullet Plate

A wrought chrome-vanadium alloy is used for the Passier gullet plate. This has the considerable advantage that on the one hand, the finished gullet plate is very stable, on the other hand however, the width can easily be adjusted again afterwards – a number of times, if necessary. Another feature is the relatively short gullet plate sides which result in greater freedom for the shoulders. Riveting bolts are used instead of tubular rivets to ensure optimum strength and longevity.

Stretch Joint

The stretch joint on the PS saddle tree makes it possible to adjust the materials connected to the gullet plate to a new width in case the gullet plate is changed. The wood and the especially strong and fully tanned sole leather simply "wander" with the gullet plate.