Julie Goodnight Explains Circle Y’s Flex2® Tree

The Circle Y Flex2® tree has a dual-bar system which provides both stability and flexibility where they are needed. The rigid ground seat combined with the high-density bars will never overflex in the middle when you sit in the saddle. The high-density bars provide stability under the rider for weight distribution which makes the Flex2® saddle an option for riders of all sizes. The low-density bars are what’s flexible which conform and flex at the tips with the horse to provide freedom of movement. It will never flex in half or get wider over time. The only caution to a Flex2® tree is do not rope out of it. Not all “flex” saddles are the same and has become a generic term in our industry. Only Circle Y has this Flex2® design to ensure safety and rider weight distribution and are offered. The Circle Y Flex2® saddles are available in a 17″ and 18″ seat size. Riders of all sizes may safely ride a Flex2® tree because of the dual-bar system and rigid groundseat to prevent overflexing.

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Experience the Flex2®

The Flex2® saddle is a popular choice in a variety of disciplines because it’s unlike any other saddle available today. Not all “flex” saddles are the same and has become a generic term in our industry. Only Circle Y has this Flex2® design to ensure safety and rider weight distribution while remaining light weight.  It starts with the Flex2® tree.

The Circle Y Flex2® tree has a dual-bar system which provides both stability and flexibility where they are needed. The rigid ground seat combined with the high-density bars will never overflex in the middle when you sit in the saddle. The high-density bars provide stability under the rider for weight distribution which makes the Flex2® saddle an option for riders of all sizes. The low-density bars are what’s flexible which conform and flex at the tips with the horse to provide freedom of movement. It will never flex in half or get wider over time. The only caution to a Flex2® tree is do not rope out of it. Not all “flex” saddles are the same and has become a generic term in our industry. Only Circle Y has this Flex2® design to ensure safety and rider weight distribution and are offered. The Circle Y Flex2® saddles are available in a 17″ and 18″ seat size. Riders of all sizes may safely ride a Flex2® tree because of the dual-bar system and rigid groundseat to prevent overflexing.

Which Flex2® trail saddle is right for me?

FLEX2®
The original tree is still our most popular. A 4″ tall cantle and 13″ wide swell provide a moderate seat, the standard in all-day trail comfort.

FLEX2® SS
For the rider that prefers a deeper, more secure seat the SS has a taller and wider 14″ swell and 5″ cantle for back support.

FLEX2® A-FORK
For the rider looking for a slick fork buckaroo style in a comfortable trail saddle, the 10″ wide A-fork swell provides an open seat for freedom in the saddle. A 5″ cantle provides support.

FLEX2® WADE
The appeal of a traditional Wade look meets Flex2® features for all day comfort. 10″ wide Wade swell with stout horn, and 5″ cantle for a deep seat and back support.

FLEX2® WJ
The Will James style swell lends a rancher look. The low profile 13″ wide swell paired with a 4″ cantle provide an open seat

Is it right for me?
• Are you tired of struggling to saddle your horse and want something lightweight and easy to handle?
• Do you ride for long hours and appreciate comfort for yourself AND your horse?
• Do you compete in timed events where every pound counts?
• Have you had a hard time finding a saddle that’s comfortable for you and your horse?

• Are you riding in a discipline that does NOT require roping or heavy dragging?
• Do you need a saddle that frees your horse to perform?

If you answered YES, a Flex2® is a great choice!

What it’s NOT:
• Not adjustable or one-size-fits all. Proper saddle fit is important no matter what the tree. Flex2® saddles are offered in Regular, Wide, and Extra Wide fits.
• Not recommended for roping or heavy dragging.
• Will not flex in half, get wider over time, or overflex to create pressure points if properly fitted.

Flex2® saddles are crafted with several comfort features for you and your horse. Look for these icons by the saddles to know what features are on certain saddles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Julie Goodnight Explains Circle Y’s Rigging

Watch Julie Goodnight explain how to properly rig your Circle Y trail saddle using the Adjustable Position 3-Way rigging. Learn how to use this rigging when you have an angled rear dee which is used to secure your saddle when traveling over rough terrain.

How do you know which rigging to use? 
We’ve created these helpful guidelines, but we ask you understand there may be some variables depending on your specific horse. 7/8 position is most commonly use and could be called “neutral”. You should start here and adjust accordingly.

Gaited horse
You may try the 3/4 position because it will take the pressure off the shoulder and may allow them to gait more freely.

Conformation at shoulder
A horse with a really laid back shoulder and wither that ties in farther down the back…since the tree is supposed to sit behind the shoulder blades, this can set the saddle back to a position where the tie strap/girth is angled to the girth groove (where the girth naturally fits on the particular horse). In this case, you may want to use the full position to keep the tie strap/girth in a more perpendicular position instead of angled (which can pull the tree into the shoulder).

Where is the girth groove?
Horses naturally have a place where the girth lays. Some horses don’t have a very good groove at all. Others have a more defined groove. Some have a very forward groove that wants to pull the saddle forward. You can use the rigging position that best positions the girth in relation to the groove.

How does a particular saddle fit a particular horse? 
Different saddles, both with 3-way riggings, could fit the horse differently if they are different styles or tree sizes, so you won’t necessarily always use the same position.

What other accessories do you use?
If you use a rear cinch, you’re not going to use a 3/4 position rigging (the riggings would be ineffective because they are so close together).

You are not necessarily trying to change “saddle placement” by changing rigging position since the saddle should always be behind the shoulder blade. Use the 3-way rigging as a tool to choose the best rigging position to keep the saddle in this proper place.

 

At Circle Y, we believe achieving proper saddle fit is the first step to an enjoyable ride. Our Introduction to Saddle Fit will get you on your way to understanding and decide if you have a saddle fit issue.

CIRCLE Y SADDLES RELEASES JULIE GOODNIGHT PEAK PERFORMANCE™ SADDLE LINE

YOAKUM, Texas (November 11, 2009): Circle Y Saddles, Inc., America’s Leading Saddle Brand, and world renowned clinician Julie Goodnight have collaborated to design her exclusive five-saddle Peak Performance™ line. With each saddle personally ridden by Goodnight, these saddles were designed to her specifications and riding requirements.

Because Goodnight rides several different Western disciplines, there is a saddle designed for all types of work or pleasure. The 1470 Rocky Mountain High Performance saddle is designed for ranch work featuring a Kevlar® reinforced wood tree for superior strength and is the saddle Goodnight uses for Ranch Horse Versatility. The 1752 Monarch Arena Performance/Performance Trail model is Goodnight’s personal favorite for everyday use. It has a Flex2® tree and features specified by Goodnight to keep the horse and rider comfortable in the arena and out on the trail. The 1750 Wind River Trail has all the features of the Monarch but with a round skirt. The 1751 Blue Ridge Gaited Trail is designed for the gaited horse and has all the comfort features that are signature to the entire line. The 1560 Sierra Nevada Arena Performance is for the arena performance rider to keep you correct in the seat for precise cueing.

All Peak Performance™ saddles have a leather skirt liner with gel bar pads to keep your horse comfortable, Tunnel Skirt™ to eliminate pressure on the horse’s spine, close contact cut out skirts for precise cueing, and trees engineered to provide a great fit for the horse. To keep the rider comfortable is a padded seat with a narrow twist and broad seat pocket, pre-twisted stirrup leathers, and on the Flex2® models are Softee® seat jockeys and fenders for zero break-in. There is also matching tack and coordinating matching wool pads.

“Julie has added a whole new dimension to our Team of Champions. It is no accident that this new line of Peak Performance™ saddles, inspired by Julie Goodnight, all have state of the art features designed with the horse and rider in mind,” said Mark Jemelka, general manager of Circle Y Saddles.

Julie Goodnight is a world renowned clinician, natural horsemanship trainer, and host of RFD-TV’s Horse Master with Julie Goodnight. She has experience ranging from dressage and jumping to racing, reining, cutting, and wilderness riding. Her upbeat and logical style of teaching applies to her “Communicating Clearly with Horses and Riders” philosophy. Read more at www.juliegoodnight.com.

Circle Y Saddles, Inc. is America’s Leading Saddle Brand. Circle Y’s innovative products reflect the current trends in design and are ahead of the industry in technology. Circle Y started saddle manufacturing in 1960 in the small Texas town of Yoakum. Still located there, Circle Y continues to produce high quality saddles and tack with the heritage and tradition the company was founded on. Circle Y saddles and tack are sold through a network of authorized dealers; visit circley.com to learn more.