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Penny Hollings is a highly respected producer, trainer and judge in the showing world. Many of you who follow our Facebook page will have seen we have been running a competition to put questions to her in our first expert Q and A session. We picked some of our favourites and Penny has very kindly […]

Customers who start looking for saddles often have just two measurements in mind- the size of seat and the width of the tree…… and this is often when things come unstuck! A saddle tree width relates to the size and shape of the saddle at the head the part that must clear the wither cap- […]

As saddle fitters we take calls every day from customers who want to ensure that their saddle fits their horse correctly.  However it is just as important that the saddle is a good fit for the rider to keep both horse and rider comfortable and performing to the best of their ability. A saddle which […]

We are often asked by owners what they need to do to prepare for the saddle fitting appointment so we thought we would write a ‘top ten’ of things that really help out your saddle fitter! We need your details We are happy to receive enquiries in whichever way suits you best – phone, email, […]

Dressage is becoming increasingly popular both at affiliated and unaffiliated level. Our success at the London Olympics has certainly given the sport a boost but what is most interesting is the number of horses and ponies competing who are not typical “dressage horses”. There are more and more native ponies, cobs and traditionals who are […]

There is no doubt that over recent years the versatitlity and temperament of the Traditional Gypsy Cob is making it increasingly popular and as a Saddle Fitter, perhaps because this is one of my specialist fields, I am seeing more and more of them in my daily work. It would be wrong to say that […]

The fitting process really starts during the initial telephone enquiry, when I would look to establish the horse or pony’s age, breed, size etc. and also the rider’s requirements in terms of the type of saddle they are looking for. This allows me to come to the fitting appointment with a good range of saddles […]

I have lost count how many times I have heard the voice on the other end of the telephone say “ I have just bought a pony for my daughter and I am having difficulty finding a saddle to fit him” To be honest those words are enough to bring a chill to the spine […]

Assymetry of the horse is one of the most common problems I encounter when fitting saddles, but what do we mean when we talk about assymetry? In simple terms it means the left side of the horse is not a mirror image of the right side of the horse. Of course in real terms, no […]

The best advice I was ever given about caring for a saddle is to recognise that leather is a skin and should be treated like you would treat your own skin. We expect a lot from our saddles, exposing them to the elements, locking them away in a cold damp tack room and expecting years […]

The General Purpose Saddle is often referred to as the “Jack of all Trades “ Saddle, and of course it then follows that it is the master of none!! Of course this can be a bit unfair as for most owners one saddle needs to be able to meet all of their needs. The General […]

This month I would like to talk about Dressage Saddles. Dressage is defined by the International Equestrian Federation as “the highest expression of horse training”. So what does that mean and why do we need a special saddle? It is true that whatever your discipline or leisure activity your horse is entitled to have a […]

I am often asked for advice about the best type of saddle to suit a customers particular needs, so I would like to talk a little about the main categories of saddles and their applications. There are of course specialist saddles for certain disciplines such as Endurance, but I am going to concentrate here on […]

Different Types and Styles of Saddle I am often asked for advice about the best type of saddle to suit a customers particular needs, so I would like to talk a little about the main categories of saddles and their applications. There are of course specialist saddles for certain disciplines such as Endurance, but I […]

Five year old Lily-mae Pollitt has been riding her seven year old, Welsh section A called Dylan, for a year and a half. She suffers with Cerebral Palsy which affects the left side of her body and has caused her problems furthering her riding. Mum, Emma Pollitt explained: “Lily could only walk and do a […]

Riders are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of a good girth and it is certainly my experience that professional riders are paying a great deal of attention to the girths they use. No surprise when research has shown horses can experience more pressure from some girths than at any point under their saddle! So […]

Does my saddle fit? Visual checks you can make Following on from last month when I discussed how a badly fitting saddle may affect your horses behaviour, I would like to highlight some visual checks you can make. Initially your horse should be standing square on level ground. Length of Saddle – It is important […]

In this new series Mike Davies of Pony, Cob and Horse Saddles Ltd looks at some of the issues associated with changing seasons and saddle fit. Does my Saddle Fit? As the new season approaches we need to plan ahead to give ourselves the best chance of success but one area that can easily be […]