Mkulu Kei horse equipment & saddlery, Mk tack shop products

By: Mkulu Kei Horse Trails  11-11-2011
Keywords: Horse, Horse Trails, Saddle

People have been riding horses since about 2000 BC and first rode bareback. If you ride at a riding school you probably don’t give much thought about the saddle as long as it is comfortable for you. However if you own that horse you will start to think about how it fits your horse. You may have several horses all different shapes and sizes. Depending on the different equestrian disciplines you may require a specialist saddle.

Mkulu Kei horse trails, a safari equine holiday along the Wild Coast, riding horses on the beach and swimming through the rivers and estuaries. The hot African sun baking down with the ocean breeze a cooling effect. Sand, salt and rain making your equine adventure special for you but incredibly hard on our saddles. In trying to find the best saddle for our requirements we manufactured a perfect long distance saddle, a cross between English and a stock saddle. We have taken the best of both to design the ultimate trail saddle for our use and to sell to you.

Looking to buy an endurance saddle, working stockman saddle, trail saddle or a general purpose saddle for leisure riding? Buy from a horse trail company that specializes in trail rides, spending hours in the saddle and who understand how important a comfortable saddle is to both horse and rider. A saddle of quality, good enough to carry the. Cher-a-Don Mkulu Kei name and Cher-a-Don stamp.

Our equestrian shop was established from client interest. Proudly South African made, we manufacture horse tack and equine products and a saddle to fit your high withered horse, low withers or over fat pony with no withers. Equine products for sale at our equine shop direct from the factory for all your equestrian tack and horse equipment. Specializing in a light weight trail endurance saddle, stock saddle, youth saddle, and polo crosse saddle in leather or synthetic. An adaptation of English and Western saddles this has proved to be the best horse saddle used on trial.

Our equipment ad saddles are tested in abnormal riding conditions at Mkulu Kei Horse Trails & Riding Holidays over long distances, different horses shapes, an assortment of riders, over extended periods, expected to ride through salty estuaries, to be durable enough to handle constant use, being man handled and the abuse of our daily routine and low maintenance. It was not long before we had enquiries from our riding clients to manufacture to sell to them, general purpose saddles, bridles halters and then for a polo cross saddle.

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Cher-a-Don Mkulu Kei suppliers of horse riding tack of high quality at reasonable prices, our equestrian tack shop stocks saddle bags, horse bridles, horse and foal halters, padded saddle blankets, and saddle pads for the happy horse. Stockiest of great equine gifts and equestrian products for your horse, selling horse riding equipment designed for the horse that is under saddle for extended periods.

Mkulu Kei saddlery department offer quality saddles, bridles, halters, numnahs, chaps, and horse printed T-shirts. Equestrian riding tack and lightweight saddles for sale.

Where purchasing quality pony and horse riding tack does not have to cost you a fortune. Saddles and tack for sale directly from the manufacturer and custom made for you to your personal requirements.

Please be aware that we carry very little stock and that most products are designed and manufactured for you. In time we will carry more but we never want to loose the personalised detail that we can give you.

Customized equine equipment, manufactured with love and attention to detail!

Proudly made in South Africa

We are a trail riding company and your horse saddle riding tack shop, situated on a horse stud farm Cher-a-Don outside Morgan Bay, South Africa, north of East London on the R349 off the N2 highway just past Cintsa.

Contact Cheryl or Don for an appointment to come view.

During the day we can be contacted on:
Cell: (+27) 83 632 7298

Tel/Fax (+27) 43 841 1525 A/H

Fax: 086 523 8259

Please contact us after 19h00 so we can discuss your requirements.

Horse riding equipment can be expensive and equestrian suppliers are sometimes limited to what they have in stock, we can custom make for your tack & saddle requirements from the factory tackshop. Riding saddles come in all shapes and sizes but are not usually tested in the conditions our saddles must endure.

Would you submerge your saddle in salty water and then ride on for 2-6 hours only to repeat the same abuse the next day for months on end and expect your saddle to last?

We do! At Mkulu Kei Horse trails crossing salty water estuaries with the horse tacked up is a normal experience, it is the only way to cross some rivers to get our clients to the next night stop.


Our saddles have been truly tested and since using our own saddles we have not encountered any discomfort to our horses and witnessed horse’s mobility increase.

Riding tack for sale with your horse’s best interest at heart. Hack out on one of our beach rides and test our endurance trail riding saddle and purchase directly from our tack-shop.

Having the industrial sewing machines from a previous sewing business we could make jodhpurs, blankets etc. to order, In time we will increase our equine range and availability.

Our Own Mkulu Kei Saddles

Saddles available in child and two adult sizes and in both Leather and synthetic.

All saddles are available in the Annamart design, with a narrower waist/twist designed for women riders making the saddle narrower in front of the seat without effecting the fit on the horses back. More like a English saddle and designed to be more comfortable for the lady rider especially over long periods in the saddle, they are great for men and younger riders too.

A lightweight, general purpose, hard working, practical saddle for a wide range of equine and various disciplines providing maximum comfort for both horse and rider. A fiberglass tree that is light and guarantees symmetry and alignment and is virtually unbreakable, guaranteed under normal riding conditions. Each saddle has to pass stringent quality testing before leaving the factory. Beginner – advanced riders, security patrol horseman, ranch hands and stockman, polo and polo cross players, pleasure riding, competitive endurance riders, long distance riders, happy hackers and trail riding companies.

This is the saddle you have been looking for!


Light Comfortable Saddle

* Black weatherproof durable synthetic saddle for little to no maintenance and stainless steel D rings. With or without flap.

* Quality brown/black leather saddle with brass D-rings and fittings.

For the rider that recognizes the impact of the saddles design on the horse’s performance. A saddle that is designed by a company that understands the needs of a horse and rider over long distances.

A cross between an English and a stock saddle: With a wide generous gusset, padded half panels, suitable for fat and high withered horses for good wither clearance - one size saddle fits most horse shapes. Fitted with multiple D-rings to attach saddle bag, breast collar or crupper although the V girth attachment stabilizes the saddle in most situations. Safety bar for quick release for rider safety, reinforced stirrup leathers. Fully equipped with shaped padded numnha and girth. Surcingles and breastplates are available on request for the action disciplines.

• Designed with a deep comfortable cushioned seat which helps with the rider’s balance and distribution of weight of the rider, improving comfort and balance for the horse and reducing rider lower backache.

• A wide padded half panel that moulds to the horses back giving a wide weight bearing surface, eliminating pressure points and reducing the chance of a rub or stiffness for both horse and rider. Improving the horse’s performance by allowing the horses shoulder blade to rotate, reducing tension to the horses back and hindquarters, allowing the horse to relax and move in a round frame. Helps prevent deterioration and atrophy of the horse’s top line muscles and gives the horse the chance to extend their length of stride.

• A closer contact with the horse for better communication with your leg.

• Generous gusset width preventing pinching to horses back and sufficient clearance above the horse’s spine.

• Option of two pommel heights for adequate wither clearance.

• A strong anti rust safety release stirrup bar allows the stirrup leather to unhook and helps prevent a rider being dragged.

• Skirt or jockey to prevent rider from rubbing on buckle of stirrup leather.

• Option of two stirrup position settings for optimum comfort.

• Option of saddle flap which helps the horse’s side from being pinched by the stirrup leathers. The straight cut flap is set slightly further back more suitable for long distance riding giving the rider the option of a longer stirrup length for comfort allowing the rider to relax in the saddle. Knee roll and extra padding behind the leg to assist in rider leg stabilization, helping improve the rider’s position in the saddle and helping with a secure seat giving confidence in the saddle.

• With a padded one size fits all Mclellan type girth and reinforced girth straps to fit all sizes and shapes of horses and ponies. The V design of the girth stabilizes the saddle to the horse’s back preventing the saddle from tipping forward on the withers or backwards on the loin area spreading the load evenly. The girth is set behind the horse’s shoulder and the position can be adjusted to allow freedom of shoulder movement and prevent rubs. Option of adaptor/universal to fit a standard English girth.

• Reinforced leather and webbing stirrup leathers, helping to prevent buckles pulling through or leather breaking.

• Multiple D-rings for breastplates, saddle bag etc.

• Quilted cotton, shaped or square numnah fitted to the shape of the horses back.

• Saddle cover.

Looking for a working saddle that is light, easy to maintain, strong, versatile a hardy saddle with high functionality and high clearance to fit most horse shapes? Padded and comfortable for both horse and rider? A saddle the can be used for recreational riding, action sports or as a working a saddle that is comfortable for long hours in the saddle? Offered either in good quality leather or synthetic coverings. Mkulu Kei saddles.

We owe it to our horse to help them carry us more easily with a saddle that is comfortable, with ease of movement.


Stock Saddle Synthetic

Black synthetic covering with a wide generous gusset, padded half panels, suitable for both fat and high withered horses allowing good wither clearance - one size saddle fits most horse shapes.

Fitted with multiple D-rings, and safety bars for stirrup leathers. With a padded one size fits all Mclellan type girth and reinforced girth straps to fit all sizes and shapes of horses and ponies. The V design of the girth stabilizes the saddle to
the horse’s back preventing the saddle from tipping forward on the withers or backwards on the loin area spreading the load evenly. The girth is set behind the horse’s shoulder and the position can be adjusted to allow freedom of shoulder movement and prevent rubs.

Option of adaptor/universal to fit a standard English girth.

Fully equipped with square fitted, black padded numnha, reinforced stirrup leathers and girth.

Total weight: Complete with saddle pad, leathers, girth and girth leathers +- 4.230 kg.

Ideal for ranch hands and stockmen and saddle requires little to no maintenance.

Keywords: Horse, Horse Trail, Horse Trails, Riding Holidays, Saddle