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The Saddle System captures data to assess pressure beneath the horse saddle

Saddle™ System

equine saddle assessment

Thin-film sensor used to capture data to assess pressure between the saddle, rider and horse.



  • Utilizes thin-film sensor technology to assess the relationship between the saddle and horse

  • Provides quantifiable data to ensure proper contour and positioning of the saddle thus improving the comfort and performance of the animal

  • Wireless capability eliminates interference from wires and captures true relationship between the rider, horse and saddle

  • Scanning speed of 95 Hz with the wireless system

  • With datalogger, recordings can be stored for upload at a later time and data can be collected when the horse is over 100 meters away from the computer!  The Datalogger will allow scanning speeds of 750 Hz.


  • Improve performance by outfitting the horse with the correct saddle

  • Use in pre-purchase examination or performance testing

  • Ensure comfort of horse and rider

  • Document analysis and treatment plus print data and graphs to explain the condition and treatment options to a client or to a referring clinician

  • Use in collaboration with Hoof horse gait analysis system for all equine pressure measurement needs



The Saddle system is available with the following hardware choices: Tethered, Wireless, and Datalogger. See the system tab for more information.

A Tekscan system consists of scanning electronics, software and patented thin-film sensors.



System Setup System Description System Components

Saddle Wireless


Data is transmitted directly from the subject to the computer, allowing for a wide range of applications. The subject can be up to 100 meters away and data can be recorded and displayed on the computer in real time. A 95 Hz scan rate is available with wireless connectivity.


(2) VersaTek Cuffs

(1) VersaTek 2-Port Hub

 Saddle Software CD

Saddle Sensor Model #5360

(1) Wireless Unit


Saddle Datalogger - New!



Collects and stores sensor data in its internal memory for upload to a computer at a later time. The subject can travel over 100 meters from the computer and can be used when a recording needs to be made over an extended period of time. Scan rates of 750 Hz can be achieved.

(2) VersaTek Cuffs

(1) VersaTek 2-Port Hub

 Saddle Software CD

Saddle Sensor Model #5360

(1) Datalogger

(1) 8 GB Memory Card


Saddle Wireless and Datalogger



Both options offer complete flexibility.

(2) VersaTek Cuffs

(1) VersaTek 2-Port Hub

Saddle Software CD

Saddle Sensor Model #5360

(1) Wireless Unit

(1) Datalogger

(1) 8 GB Memory Card


VersaTek Cuffs - Every VersaTek based system uses specially designed scanning electronics called Cuffs. The Cuffs connect to the sensor, gather the data from the sensor, and then process and wirelessly transmit the data to your computer. VersaTek electronics sample at the fastest speeds and are compatible with other VersaTek sensors, giving you the ability to add in-shoe, prosthetic, grip, and seating & positioning capabilities to your Tekscan System.


Components depend on system configuration.  Additional items may be included with your system purchase.


View computer requirements


  • Sensor Model 5360
    Sensing Area Total
    Width Height Sensels Sensel Density
    13.92  in 22.04  in 912 3  in2
    353.6  mm 559.8  mm 912 0.5 cm²

Saddle Pressure Profile








Shown is a pressure profile of a horse’s back while fitted with an English style saddle. Notice that the pressure profile is broken up into two halves, left and right. Peak pressures in each half are noted by the black boxes and Center of Force (CoF) is designated by the colored diamonds. The gray stripe down the center of the profile indicates the area between the two sensors.









  • Display 2-D and 3-D real-time and recorded data

  • Display contact area, average and peak pressures, and Center of Pressure and its trajectory

  • View data frame by frame

  • Side-by-side comparisons of pre- and post-treatment conditions

  • Measure distance between two points (anatomical landmarks or sites)

  • Import and export subject movie files


The software is available in several languages including Spanish, French and German. View software languages available. 



  • Assess saddle design and fit
  • Reduce incidence of back pain, pressure sores, and muscle atrophy
  • Assess gait asymmetries due to improper fit
  • Evaluate rider technique and ensure appropriate pressure distribution


Download Medical Bibliography



Numerous articles have been published regarding pressure mapping and its applications.  Tekscan has compiled a list of these research publications in our Medical Bibliography.