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Humanscale Freedom Saddle Seat (22") or Pony Saddle Seat (16")

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Product ID 13612


  • Ergonomic seat fit for office, labs, home, manufacturing floor
  • Seat's triangular shape encourages saddle posture
  • 2 seat sizes available - 22" (saddle seat), 16" (pony saddle seat)
  • Posture opens up hips, lowers thighs, puts spine in healthy, natural curve
  • Option of 2 cylinders, 2 footrings provides height range from 17.5" - 33" 
  • Companion Chair - Freedom Chair

Cancellation Fee: Customers have 72 hours to cancel an order after the ship date has been given. There will be a 10% fee applied if the order is cancelled after the given time frame.


Part of Humanscale’s award-winning Freedom seating line, the Saddle and Pony task stools are the most comfortable, versatile and ergonomic stools ever made. The original Saddle and the compact Pony Saddle make sitting comfortable and workplace movement simple while complementing any workspace or home office. The triangular cushion of the Saddle and Pony saddle stools encourages users to sit in a "saddle" posture. Sitting on stools in this position lowers the thighs, opens up the hips and allows for increased circulation. The posture also reduces pressure points on the tailbone, enabling long-term comfort.

Where traditional stools are often uncomfortable, static and stiff, Freedom Saddle and Pony Saddle task stools incorporate the same ergonomic design considerations as every other Humanscale product. The result is a fun, versatile, and ergonomic stool that encourages movement while remaining comfortable and promoting workspace wellbeing.

Ultimate Versatility - Ultimate Comfort - The Saddle and Pony Saddle seats, part of Humanscale’s award-winning Freedom seating line, are the most comfortable and versatile stools ever made. The original Saddle and the more compact Pony Saddle accommodate comfortable sitting in countless applications.

No other stool comes close - The Saddle and Pony Saddle’s unique, triangular cushion encourages users to sit in a "saddle" posture, which lowers the thighs, opens up the hips and puts the spine into a healthy lordotic curve. The "saddle" posture also reduces pressure points for long-term comfort and allows users to get closer to their work. It’s simply one of the most comfortable and healthy ways to sit if leaning back on a back rest is not an option.
Equally at home in an office, lab or industrial setting, the Saddle and Pony Saddle seats are ideal for short duration computer work, clinical applications and guest seating or even for getting your feet up off the ground by using it as an ottoman.

Traditonal Stool and Saddle Seat

Technical Drawing

Technical Drawing for Humanscale Freedom Saddle Seat (22


Height (floor to compressed center of seat cushion)
  • 17.5"-22.75" standard Saddle / Pony

  • 20.25"-28.25" high Saddle / Pony

  • 23"-33" extra-high Saddle / Pony

Seat Width
  • 22" Saddle seat

  • 16" Pony Saddle seat

Base Diameter
  • 25" High and extra-high Saddle/Pony

  • 22" Standard Saddle/Pony

Optional Foot Ring
  • 18" or 21" Foot Ring diameter

  • 6"-11" Foot Ring height range (from floor)

Recline Range None
Chair Weight 14 lbs
Stackable No
Warranty 5 year warranty on cushions/textiles; 15 year, 24/7 warranty on everything else


  • Uniquely contoured triangular cushion allows multiple sitting positions for ultimate comfort

  • Height adjustable pneumatic cylinder accommodates a wide range of users and tasks

  • Optional foot ring and high cylinders for specific applications

  • Available in a wide variety of textiles, including those designed for healthcare and laboratory environments

  • Modular cushion for easy replacement

  • Frame color options include Graphite and Polished Aluminum

  • 5-year warranty on cushions/textiles; 15-year, 24/7 warranty on everything else

  • Functional Beauty - Like all Freedom chairs, the Saddle stool and Pony Saddle stool feature adjustable height to accommodate a wide range of users and tasks. The ergonomic design of the cushion allows for multiple sitting positions and delivers ultimate comfort no matter the work environment.

  • Innovative Versatility - Able to be customized to meet a number of demanding work environments and design needs, the Saddle stool and Pony Saddle stool’s modular cushion is easily replaceable. Also available in a variety of colors and fabrics, including options ideal for healthcare and laboratory environments, the Saddle and Pony Saddle stools are a versatile solution for any space.

  • Ultimate Durability - Supported by a five year warranty on cushions and textiles, and an industry best 15 year 24/7 warranty on cylinders, casters and other mechanical add-ons.


Niels Diffrient - Niels Diffrient's designs are grounded in the philosophy that form follows function. His work has spanned generations, consistently looking past trends to reinvent the tools we use for daily living.

With an academic foundation in design and architecture and a degree from Cranbrook Academy, Diffrient channels his knowledge of engineering, architecture, and human factors into the creation of highly functional and aesthetically timeless designs.

From his early work with the studios of Eero Saarinen, Marco Zanuso, and Henry Dreyfuss to his current work with Humanscale, Diffrient's visionary talent has been widely recognized. Included among his many honors are the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the 1999 Chrysler Design Award. In recent years, Diffrient had focused his energies on designs for the office environment, particularly seating - a category in which he has pioneered numerous breakthroughs, from pneumatic cylinders for seat height adjustment to weight-activated automatic recline.

Design Story

Eager to create a versatile home and office stool that offered comfort, flexibility and encouraged correct ergonomic postures, the Saddle and Pony Saddle seats were created by the Humanscale Design Studio. Part of Humanscale’s award-winning Freedom seating line, designed by Neils Diffrient, the ergonomic stools were built to meet a need for short term sitting

Environmental Highlights

Made predominantly of aluminum, followed by steel and plastic Designed for easy disassembly with clear recycling guidelines. Ships in recycled packaging, or blanket-wrapped, when feasible. Weighs less than 11 lbs., minimizing carbon footprint in shipping. BIFMA level and Greenguard certified May contribute to LEED certification in several categories.

Product Options/Accessories

Frequently Asked Questions

q Does the saddle seat tilt?

The Humanscale Freedom Saddle Seat does not tilt. But the Jobri F1465/BK is a saddle seat that has tilting feature.

q Why you would choose Saddle over Pony seat?

It is totally a matter of preference. The Pony style came out because people felt the saddle did not fit into areas where they needed a smaller seat or some people felt the saddle was a little too big. The main point is to choose the right seat height and select the right cylinder and footring to get you the desired seat height.

q How can I tell which seat (freedom or pony saddle) is best for me? I am a medium frame, 5'4", 160lbs and want to use this stool for extended work, leaning over work table doing crafts, writing. Also frequent moving around to access crafting tools and supplies. I have lower back pain and some knee issues, so looking for adjustable height to get me above the work so I don't have to stand to look down at what I'm doing. I also work at two table heights, normal, and higher height table for cutting fabric.

The decision for the Saddle vs the Pony seat is one of a personal preference. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the size of the person, but the comfort of the person. Having said that, however, we think you would need a high cylinder with an 18” footring if you choose the pony and a 21” footring for the saddle. This will have the seat height range of 19.9”- 27.5”. This we feel would be best to go to the two height ranges you are looking for (assuming your table heights are no higher than 40”). Please note that neither will help with your back pain as they offer no back support.

q I will be using this stool on carpet. Which casters should I get?

You can select "Standard Casters," which are included in the Freedom Saddle Seat price.

Model Freedom Saddle or Pony Seat
Manufacturer Humanscale
Part Number Freedom Saddle or Pony Seat
Width Pony 16"/ Saddle 22"
Base Size 22"
Seat Height Range 16.7"-32.5"
Chair Weight 14 lbs
Warranty 5 year warranty on cushions/textiles; 15 year, 24/7 warranty on everything else

Customer reviews

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  • 3 stars 1
  • 4 stars 1
  • 5 stars 1
(4 out of 3)
Not tall enough

by Jodi Judson, Saugerties, New York, Mar 10, 2021

It's a beautiful stool. Very comfortable and nice looking. Although it is seriously lacking in height.

Pony Saddle Seat: husband loves it, I couldn't use it

by Mary N., Poughkeepsie, New York, Dec 18, 2019

I bought the Pony Saddle Seat in May for myself - a 5'2" 150 lb. female. I tried using the stool at my desk, first for short periods and then gradually lengthening the time. I was unable to get used to it - the longer I sat each day, the more my back hurt. I probably have weak core muscles. After 8-10 weeks I gave up and convinced my husband (5'8", 160 lbs.) to try the stool. He loves it and is using it all day, every day at his desk. I know he has much stronger core muscles than I have. Also he is comfortable with 'man spread", sitting with his knees wide apart. The seat is 8" wide measured 1" back from the triangular points. I am much more comfortable with a 4" spread at that point.

Great product helps slouching

by Kim K, Florida, Aug 19, 2015

I love my chair which is really more like a stool. It is great for the posture, core and hips. It takes a little bit to get used to, but is well worth it as I feel stronger and stronger. Because it is not cushy, I also believe one gets up and moves around more. I also love that I could pick my fabric and the color. Great product.

Limited Warranty

Humanscale offers the following warranties on its products, subject to any exclusions and limitations as set forth below:

Product Warranty
Customer’s Own Material (COM, COL) No Warranty
Switch Mouse 1 Year, 24/7 Warranty
Technology Products 3 Years, Limited Warranty
Element Series Lights 10 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Horizon Series Lights 10 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Diffrient Series Lights 5 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Float Table, (Mechanical) 5 Years, 24/7 Warranty
eFloat and Electric Float 5 Years, 24/7 Warranty
QuickStand Sit/Stand Workstation, QuickStand Lite, QuickStand Eco, QuickStand Underdesk 5 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Fabric/Cushions/Arm Pads 5 Years, Single-Shift Warranty
M2, M/Flex & Para/Flex Monitor Arms 15 Years, 24/7 Warranty
M4, M7 & M8 Monitor Arms with Gas Cylinder Components 10 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Ballo Stool 3 Years, Single-Shift Warranty
Vessel Lights 10 Years, 24/7 Warranty, 3 Years 24/7 Warranty for the power supply driver
M/Connect 3 Years, 24/7 Warranty
M/Power 3 Years, 24/7 Warranty
M/Connect 2 3 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Monarch Mat 3 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Office IQ 1 Year, 24/7 Warranty
All other seating and products detailed in a current Humanscale Price Guide, unless otherwise specified 15 Years, 24/7 Warranty
All other products NOT detailed in a current Humanscale Price Guide Varies; consult your Humanscale representative for details

Modifying or tampering with any part of the base of the Float Table will render the warranty void. The warranty on the Float Table applies to the base and work surface if the table top is provided by Humanscale, and only to base if the table top is provided by a third-party, provided that the third-party table top meets the following requirements: (i) has a depth of 36" or less, (ii) has a width of 72" or less, and (iii) the total weight load including work surface is no more than 130 lbs for the standard base and no more than 160 lbs for the heavy duty base.

Note: Ballo is not a task chair. It has not passed the BIFMA or European EN standards for office seating. The Ballo in an exercise chair that is designed for dynamic seating and frequent movement. All Ballo instructions should be followed to ensure a comfortable experience.

Modifying or tampering with any part of the base of the eFloat or electric Float will render the warranty void. The warranty on the eFloat and electric Float applies to the base and work surface if the table top is provided by Humanscale, and only to base if the table top is provided by a third-party, provided that the third-party table top meets the following requirements: (i) has a depth of 36" or less, (ii) has a width of 72" or less, and (iii) a total weight load including work surface of no more than 200 lbs.

The warranties for the Vessel lights exclude labor and other costs associated with the installation and/or removal of the lights from ceilings, walls, fixtures, etc. Further, Humanscale has no warranty obligations if the product is affected by internal or external environmental conditions (including but not limited to water, moisture, outdoor use, or temperature damage), power fluctuations, improper power supply, or if the product is not installed and used in compliance will all applicable standards and electrical codes.

These warranties are available to the original end-user customer only and are non-transferable. For these warranties to be valid, the Humanscale product must have been purchased directly from Humanscale and/or an authorized dealership, distributor, retailer and/or reseller of Humanscale products. If products are procured through an authorized dealership, distributor, retailer and/or reseller, the end-user customer must be registered with Humanscale for the warranty to be in effect. Humanscale warrants that, at the time of customer’s receipt, the product will be in good working order and will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the duration of the warranty term, as set forth above. These warranties do not apply to normal wear and tear or damage caused by accident, neglect, product abuse, misuse and/or failure to follow instructions relating to the product’s installation or intended use. Humanscale will not be responsible for damage due to service, maintenance, modifications or tampering by anyone other than a Humanscale authorized representative. Humanscale will not be responsible for injury or damage caused by or associated with the installation and/or use of products in any manner other than in strict conformance with the instructions set forth in its installation manuals and instruction sheets and/or product literature. These warranties do not cover damage caused by a carrier or transportation of the product from one location to another, or alterations made by owner. Humanscale does not warrant damages or defects to the products under the following conditions: an Act of God, damage from electrical power problems, usage of parts or components not supplied by Humanscale, failure to perform preventative maintenance, or damage caused by peripherals not supplied by Humanscale.

In the event a product or product part is defective in material or workmanship during the warranty period, and Humanscale receives written notice of the defect within the warranty period, Humanscale will determine with customer if the defect is covered under warranty. Humanscale, at its option, may repair or replace the defective product or product part determined to be under warranty with the same or comparable product or product part as determined by Humanscale, at customer’s location or at a designated Humanscale location. The labor costs associated with the repair of the product or product part may be the responsibility of Humanscale if the product or product part is determined to be under warranty. Humanscale must pre-approve the labor costs prior to the repair or replacement of warranty products or product parts. Customer must contact Humanscale to obtain a Return Authorization through the Humanscale Customer Service Department. Performance of any repair or replacement does not renew or extend the warranty period. If, after examining and testing a returned product or product part, Humanscale determines that the product or product part is not defective, Humanscale will notify customer and return the product or product part to customer. Customer will be responsible for the freight charges associated with the return of non-defective products or product parts. To return a product or product part for repair that is not covered by warranty, Customer must request a Return Authorization through the Humanscale Customer Service Department. Customer will bear the costs of labor and freight charges associated with non-warranty repair. Customer will be charged a standard repair fee, specific to the product, for any product that is repaired outside of the warranty period. Repairs on products out of warranty also carry a 90-day warranty, effective the day that Customer receives the repaired product or product part. For products that are not covered under warranty: Customer may upgrade to a newer, functionally equivalent product at the list price; the product or product part will be returned to Customer; or Customer can request in writing that Humanscale dispose of the product or product part for Customer, in which case a fee may apply as designated by local law.


Humanscale does not warrant that customer’s use of the Humanscale product will be uninterrupted or error free. Any implied warranties that may be imposed by law are limited in duration to the Limited Warranty period, to the greatest extent allowed by law. Some states or countries do not allow a limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages for consumer products. In such states or countries, some exclusions or limitations of this Limited Warranty may not apply. This Limited Warranty is subject to change without notification.

Limitation of Liability
Purchaser’s remedies set forth herein are exclusive and the liability of Humanscale with respect to the breach of this agreement or any contract entered into between the parties pursuant hereto shall not exceed the price of the product or part on which such liability is based. In no event will Humanscale be liable to purchasers for any special, collateral, incidental or consequential damages however caused, whether by Humanscale’s negligence or otherwise. The remedies provided above are the purchaser’s sole remedies for any failure of Humanscale to comply with its obligations regarding the workmanship of its products. Correction of any nonconformity in the manner and for the period of time provided shall constitute complete fulfillment of all liabilities of Humanscale, with respect to or arising out of the product furnished hereunder.