Decoding Saddle Codes

No gatekeeping here! Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to saddle fit. Many French-made English saddles will be stamped with a serial number, model number and other important fitting information. Each brand has its own language for organizing the information on their saddles. Some brands are happy to share to educate potential clients on their products and tack while others try to keep it more of a mystery.  This makes it challenging for those who want to learn more about the saddle created by different brands. 

This is my ever-growing list of saddle decoding notes I have picked up as I research and learn more. I am happy to share what I have learned with you, but just a reminder I am not a certified saddle fitter, just a tack nerd!  This blog post will be ever-changing and growing as I learn. :) 

Another reminder, stamps will be for when the saddle was produced, sometimes there can be changes made to the saddle that are not reflected in the stamp. 


In 2000, Antares was established in Saintes, France, with the goal of creating both luxurious and high technology saddles.  Five professionals within the horse world came together: Xavier Lenrouilly, Thierry Guiberteau, Eric Guiberteau, Evelyne Cummings, and Dominique Bauer. 

Antares Saddles have 3 tree options, their standard medium wide, and two wider styles the A01 and A02. Similar to other French saddles, a foam paneling can be crafted to help with the fit of the saddle to the horse's back. 

If you are looking for the Antares stamp it can be found on the billet flap or on the back right of the sweat flap. 

Example Antares Saddle Stamp:

P A1 17 E 09 602‍

P = seat depth

A1 = flap

17 = seat size (generally true to size)

E = Seat width

09 = year of manufacturing

602 = item number of the year



 P Flat Seat

 SC Half-Deep Seat

C  Deep Seat

 00-5  Flap Lengths

N Standard (Straight)

 A-AAA  Progressively more Forward Flaps

 AB Lower Point with a more forward Flap

 NB  Lower Point with a straighter Flap

M15 T1  Pro Panels (Standard)

 M10 Decreased amount across entire panel

M20 Increased amount across entire panel

RAR +/-  Front of pommel near wither increased or decreased

 RAG +/-  Back of panel near gusset increased or decreased

DTA  Larger contact area of overall panel

 T  Angle of the panels // As the # gets bigger the angle of the panel becomes more a framed





CWD Saddles are one of the most popular French made saddles. Their saddles can come with options for a variety of different leathers including, grain (most durable), calf (soft and grippy but still with excellent durability) or buffalo (the softest and most grippy).   CWD Saddles feature a 3-point girthing system, wide panels that are concave and integrated for a better pressure distribution of the saddle along the horse's back, and a higher cut sweat flap to reduce bulk under the rider's leg. CWDS also tend to have the shortest billets.  Many people find they need to go up at least one, if not 2, girth sizes to accommodate the shorter billets. 

SE01 TC 170 3L

PA 715 205 205 

06 560

CWD typically has 3 lines on their stamp. The top will be details regarding the model, seat size, and flap on the saddle. The second row has information on the foam panels, and the third row will contain the year it was produced and the serial number. 

The majority of French saddles are built on a similar tree, then shaped to the horse with the foam panels. Since there isn't a range of tree sizes, it is important to understand how the panel is shaped when researching these saddles. 

The standard CWD Panel will either have no stamp or read 700 / 200 / 300. The 700 section refers to the front of the panels, 200 ranges from the shoulder to the cantle and 300 is the rear.  Their standard pro-panel 705 / 205 / 305.

CWD Flaps come in a limited number of shapes compared to other brands. With C as their forward and L as their straighter standard style. They do come in a variety of sizes from 0 - 5, with 0 being the shortest. 

PA - Less Fill

RT- Cut Back at the Shoulders

TC - Flat Seat 

TR - Half Deep Seat

XTR - Deep Seat 

SE25 2Gs Semi Deep Seat

SE26 2Gs Flat Seat

SE32 2Gs Mademoiselle

SE33 2GS Kid

SE38 2GS Hunter Mademoiselle

SE01 Flat Seat

SE02 Semi Deep Seat

SE03 Close Contact

SE10 Classic Kid

S0 16.5"

S1 17"

S2 17.5"

S3 18"

Flap 1 – 5 Flap Length. 1 is the shortest and 5 the longest.

Flap C Forward

Flap L Straight

Flap K Kid

Flap H Hunter

Panel 705, 205, 305 Pro Panel

RG More Wither Clearance




Another elegant French-made saddle. Known for their close contact feel, Butets offer a narrower twist compared to other brands, but this also leads to them fitting more narrow. They tend not to fit horses with very large shoulders or those with a convex area behind the shoulder.  They do tend to fit normal to narrower-shouldered horses, thoroughbreds and French-bred horses very well. 

Butets come in whole sizes only. You can find the half-sized seat in Europe more commonly than in North America. Butets frequently vary in seat size by 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch from the stamped size so always measure the actual seat size - both desired and in the saddle you are considering.

They have either standard or forward flaps (designated as .5), various flap lengths (0 being short, 1 standard, 2 long, and 3 extra long), and flat (P) or deeper (L) seats. The deep-seat Butet is about equivalent to a half-deep in CWD or Devoucoux. 


Butet has options on their tree width, including E = narrow, N / S = standard, W = wide, XL = extra-wide (if not mentioned in the serial number, this means standard tree)

Flap 1 Standard

 Flap 2 Long

Flap 3 Extra Long

Flap ¼ Slightly Forward

 Flap ½ Forward

Seat P Flat

Seat L Half-Deep

Seat C Deep

Seat Size Follows Depth Letter

Year # above MIF



Devoucouxs come in whole and half seat sizes and flap lengths 0 through 5.  Grain/calf, full calf, and buffalo leather are all options. Devoucoux has 4 "grades" of forwardness, with D being the straightest, no letter associated with the flap length being standard, A being forward and AA being very forward.

 18S42019888 002 2A D3D 4.0 3-5

18 = year of manufacturing (2018)

S42019888 = saddle make reference number

002 = seat Size (001/16"-16.5", 002-17"-17.5", 003/18"-18.5")

2A = flaps (flap lengths 0-5, D/Straight, A/Forward, AA/Extra Forward, B/Low Forward)

D3D 4.0 3-5 = panel configuration (D3D is wider panels that are perfectly symmetrical: weight-bearing surface area increased by 30% compared to the previous generation of panels)

Year 1st number in Serial

Seat  3rd Row left

Flap 0 – 5 Length of Flap

Flap D -Straight

Flap A - Forward

Flap AA - Very Forward

Flap B  - Lower Curve


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