an English Saddler for over 25 years, selling top quality European
saddles to riders worldwide, I am aware that the use of tubular steel
saddle stands and saddle racks can easily cause permanent deformation of
the panel of a saddle, especially when more than one saddle is stacked
on the stand or rack. The panel of the saddle cannot rest correctly on
this type of stand. The marks caused, especially on high quality saddles
which use soft, panel hide combined with pure wool flocking, are very
difficult to remove without remedial work by a saddler. The subsequent
panel deformation can often cause pressure points and 'rub marks' to
form on the horses back, thus causing saddle fitting problems, which are
often not immediately diagnosed by saddlers to this particular cause.
Also the leather is often permanently creased under the points of the
tree by the panel not being adequately supported when not in use."