Since 2018 we have supplied over 900 customers with BioThane products, and one of its long-standing clients is Wahlstén, a Finnish maker and supplier of riding equipment.
Founded in the early 1900s, Wahlstén is now one of the biggest equestrian companies in the Nordic countries. It is Abbey England that Wahlstén turns to for the supply of a revolutionary new material called BioThane.
Elastic was first invented and used for clothing in 1820, and it can be assumed that using elastic in the production of saddles and tack wasn’t far behind. Our heavy elastic is commonly used on the saddle girth straps, with elastic on one or both sides attaching the girth buckles to the girth strap. This prevents the saddle slipping and ensures a snugger fit around the horse’s middle.
In our penultimate saddlery series, we focus our attention on flocking. Flocking as we know is essential to the welfare of the horse and rider. A properly flocked saddle will be stuffed evenly, preventing pressure points and therefore musculoskeletal damage to the horse. The well flocked saddle also prevents a sore back for the rider, adding balance to the seat and distributing the rider’s weight more evenly across the saddle, by providing consistent contact with the horse. With all this is mind, the need for high quality flocking and the correct application is amplified.