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Florac 2.0


The lightest and most sporting saddle in our range. It is the ultimate outcome of the quest for balance of the horse/rider pair.


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The lightest and most sporting saddle in our range. It is the ultimate outcome of the quest for balance of the horse/rider pair.

The rider can effortlessly alternate between the sitting position and standing in the stirrups balanced over the horse, thereby distributing the bearing points over the horse's back without excessively loading the forehand.
The efforts exerted are in synergy, postponing fatigue including at the end of a 160-km race.
The exclusive carbon tree makes this saddle lightweight, compact and precisely contoured so as to be very close to the horse and reduce rider's interference with the horse's natural mechanics to a
minimum.
The seat and flap are made from a single piece ofleather (finest quality calfskin), seamlessly fitted (no joins), offering extreme comfort and closer contact with the horse, good lengthening of the leg and proper positioning of the pelvis.

Perforated leather for light weight and optimum evacuation of perspiration - Biothane girth strap for relief and strength (stretching , abrasion, water) - Pommel refined , lighter weight and maximum contact - 3D textile panels for increased comfort and lightness

In order to better adjust your saddle, we need several information

  1. The size of the rider for the adjustment of the quarters

  2. Weight for seat size

  3. The foot size to choose the stirrups

  4. The height of the horse's withers

  5. The horse's chest

  6. The thoracic perimeter, you must take measure of the chest of your horse starting from the base of the withers and following the passage of the strap.

       Le tour de poitrine du cheval pour Gaston Mercier

And some pictures ...

  1. A picture of the horse in profile

  2. A picture of the horse's back, still in profile and close-up

  3. A 3/4 photo forward to see the horse's back line, shoulder thickness and shoulder

Comment mesurer votre selle ?

Comment mesurer votre selle ?

The leather Gaston Mercier does not suffer any defect

Le Cuir Gaston Mercier

It is here in the Aveyron that Gaston Mercier saddles are manufactured. The workshop is the pounding heart of the “Mas de Vinaigre”.


From cutting out the leather to the assembly of the pieces, our team works with the precision of a watchmaker to a very high standard of quality. No defects are tolerated in the leather used for a Gaston Mercier saddle: not the slightest scratch, not the shadow of a blemish. Our staff are relentlessly stringent when choosing the leather so that your saddle can be a supreme product. They approach each saddle as a unique object, one that they will perfect with a meticulous finish, for instance coloured edging.
Our leathers come from cattle and are tanned locally in the Aveyron. All our accessories are made in our Mazamet (Tarn) workshop, an establishment where craftsmen follow the time-honoured tradition of saddlery and leatherwork. Our saddle trees are made by a firm in the Lot.

All of our products are 100%-made in the region. Gaston’s achievement as twofold European Long Distance Champion does not prevent us from thinking global and acting local!

Which is the best tree for your Gaston Mercier saddle ?

Arcan Carbone Gaston Mercier

With epoxy and carbon fibre trees the following can be achieved :

  • Perfect fit of the saddle to your horse’s back, from the finest of Thoroughbreds to the largest Percheron;

  • The option of reshaping your saddle if you change horse or if your horse’s morphology changes;

  • Close contact with the your horse hence enabling you to be in tune with its movements.

Some advice on how to position your Gaston Mercier saddle

Comment placer votre selle Gaston Mercier ?

Placing the saddle on your horse’s back is done in relation to three reference points :

  • The girth should be positioned a hand’s width away from the horse’s elbows, so as to avoid injury;

  • Shoulder movement must not be inhibited. The hollow behind the shoulder should prevent the saddle from moving up towards the withers.

  • There must be no pressure on the loin.


The exact position of your saddle is determined by the morphology of your horse.

La morphologie du cheval détermine la place de votre selle.

That is the whole idea behind the design of the Gaston Mercier tree, ensuring that the rider is in the right place over the horse’s 13th dorsal vertebrae.

This is the only position where the rider does not cause discomfort to the horse.

How to properly maintain your saddle?

The life of your saddle depends also on its good maintenance.

LIQUID GLYCERINATED SOAP

After a few uses and then at least once a month, apply on a moist sponge your glycerine soap (pure) starting with the most delicate parts (fine leather and color), seat and cleats.

Rinse your sponge, repeat the same procedure for the quarters, then clean the parts most in contact with the horse (padding, linings and straps).

Repeat the operation if necessary.

Let it dry.


HYDRATING BALM

The use of your balm will then be done every two or three months depending on the flexibility of the leather, the frequency of use of the saddle and the external conditions (rain, mud, sand, sun ...)

Comment entretenir votre selle ?

All our cleaning products are designed in Aveyron and developed in collaboration with the Sama Cosmetics laboratories. They are handcrafted and exclusively made with natural products, from 90% of organic farming.

Guarantees Gaston Mercier

Las garanties Gaston Mercier

  • Accessories: 1 year

  • Leather and saddle stool: 2 years

  • Arçon saddles: 10 years

These warranties apply to new products except second-hand products.

Gaston Mercier labels

An official label is an official distinction attesting that Gaston Mercier products meet a number of prescribed quality standards.

Made in France Gaston mercierFabriqué en Aveyron Gaston Mercier Label EPV Gaston Mercier

How does Gaston Mercier saddlery measure the backs of your horses?

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