What is Flair ?
Flair is like no other saddle produce on the market. It is revolutionary. Flair is Air Flocking. Yes, the panels of your saddle are filled with air!
Flair is a system of air bags designed to replace the flocking in all conventional saddles, new or second-hand, to provide a soft, flexible and even bearing surface without pressure points. Fitting air bags does not require any modification to the saddle, its appearance will not change.
Once fitted, Flair air bags do not need adjustment or special maintenance, unless your horse changes shape dramatically. Then simple adjustment by your saddler is all that is required.
Flair gives your saddle a constant flexible layer of shock absorbing air as thick as your saddle’s panel. Flair increases the sensitivity to aids from your lower back and seat. By removing any saddle discomfort the horse can clearly focus on your aids.
There is nothing softer than air, so why not ride on it ?
The majority of training problems relating to the control, balance and direction of the horse are caused by the horse’s discomfort in the area immediately under the saddle. The problem with saddles is the hardness and unevenness of the panel. All flocking materials over time become unevenly compacted, so creating both high pressure points and areas where the panel may not touch the horses back. A pressure as low as 1.5 lbs per square inch will in time damage minor blood vessels in both the skin and muscle leading to signs of bruising, hair loss and eventually muscle wastage.
Soreness or restriction of the back muscles makes it more difficult for the horse to engage his quarters and so to come on the bit. Pressure on or pinching of the withers directly affects the muscles of the shoulder, causing shortening of the horse’s stride and in many cases, difficulty when moving down hill.
Flair creates a gaseous and totally flexible layer in your saddle. This removes pressure points and increases the sensitivity of the horse to your lower back aids whilst also providing shock absorption for the horse when jumping or engaged in sitting trot (gases can be compressed whilst liquids, gels and solids cannot). Flair allows your horse to move naturally as the muscles of the back and shoulder are not longer restricted by your saddle’s panel.