We have a wide range of all types of second hand saddles and if you are looking to buy a brand new saddle we have the following available: Sam Jamieson Saddles, Ideal, GFS Saddles, Monarch Saddles, PDS Saddles, Silhouette Saddles, Jeffries Saddles, Equerry Saddles and The Saddle Company Saddles.
“Sam came to see my horse today and did an amazing job re-fitting my two saddles, she was very professional and friendly. My horse feels better in them already! I will definitely use her again and will recommend to friends and family. The online booking system brilliant too! Thank you Sam. – R McBeath, Peterborough.”
Let’s talk about why you need your saddle fitted
Horses come in all shapes and sizes which is why saddles do to. It is so very important to get the right match. Stand a couple of metres away from the side of your horse and look at the silhouette of your horses spine, then have a look at another horse type, there can be a noticeable difference.
Now standing safely behind your horse and look either side of the withers, observe how wide your horse is. Compare with another horse there can be a vast difference.
Take into account the type of work the horse is doing, for example is he in competition training or perhaps a happy hacker as his musculature will be very different.
“Very pleased today because my asymmetric horse’s back templates were all even! Other saddlers that I have used in the past have not been able to achieve this particularly in such a short time. Also my elderly horse had a new lease of life and moved well in his adjusted saddle. C Sharp – Lincolnshire.”
Is your saddle balanced?
This can have a detrimental effect on your horse and effect you and your riding including giving you backache, it could be that the points of the tree could be driving into the shoulders of your horse or the weight at the back could cause a restriction of circulation. This can more than often be resolved by adjusting with flocking.
Is there unevenness on the underneath of the panels or even lumps?
This again is cause for concern as this could be causing discomfort and pressure points either side of your horses spine. Again this can be easily resolved by a total reflock of the saddle, which basically means the saddle being taken apart, all the old flocking removed and replaced with new and the saddle stitched back together again, resulting in a happy and comfortable horse.
Why take chances
In a moment I am going to reveal to you seven important errors horseowners make when they own or buy a saddle. But first, When you look at a saddle its the outside of the saddle you see yet the tree inside is of upmost importance.
The saddle tree may be considered the skeleton of the saddle and must have some elasticity to help disperse the rider’s weight over the horse’s back.
Remember sweat is acidic and if we put a saddle cloth on the horse under the saddle with wet sweat, this will cause friction and burns the horses hair, think of it like putting on wet socks and going out for a run.
Which leads me onto bulky horsewear under the saddle. If your saddle fits well beware of putting very thick numnahs or saddle cloths between the saddle and your horse. This can replicate how it would feel putting on a pair of perfectly fitting shoes but wearing wooly socks.
“Sam. You are lovely, patient and honest. Great with both the horse and people. Spent way to much of your time! We are so happy that Gavin has a lovely well fitting saddle. So now we can happily get on and get him broken in happy in the knowledge that if we have issues at least it won’t be the saddle. Thank you again…will definitely recommend you. Very happy customers. – A Searle – Cambridgeshire”
Now to reveal the 7 errors!
“Cannot recommend Sam highly enough I run a busy competition yard Showjumping and Showing producing young horses. Her knowledge whether it be saddle fitting or dealing with loading difficulties is not only professional but with welfare of the horse is 110% her only priority. With a massive range of second hand saddles and her own range there is something for every budget. Her own range of tack is designed with comfort of the horse foremost and made to the highest standards. For a professional friendly and informative service give Sam a call you will not be disappointed.” – S Eldred, Cambridgeshire.
It is recommended that the saddle fit is checked every 3-6 months depending on the horses work load, to give you and your horse the ultimate performance. If you purchase a new saddle this should be checked immediately. For example the width maybe correct for your horse but the saddle maybe out of balance and be tipping forward or back or the asymmetry could be incorrect and need adjusting.
This not only greatly affects your horse and their performance but affects you also! Further more I will travel out to you or you are more than welcome to come to me and use our facilities free of charge
The muscles under the saddle begin to waste, the horse compensates using muscles in front of the shoulders and below the point of hip. If the muscle wastage is severe the saddle eventually rests on the nerve endings which makes the back very tender. The horse becomes choppier in his stride, heavy on the forehand and gradually loses the ability to lift the forelimbs from the ground effectively.
Muscles that are painful tighten up and become hard or flinching, usually described as being in spasm. If the spasm is not relieved it gradually turns to paralysis and other muscles take over their function. The muscles that take over become overloaded and stressed which can then cause new areas of spasm.
There are nerve endings at approximately 2” intervals along the back, if a muscle feels like a lump often in the lumbar region; there is a loss of nerve transmission
When the horses were in full work 100 plus years ago they could be ridden/working for up to 12hrs a day, think of ranch horses for example. Now it doesn’t take much to work out that compared to the majority of horses nowadays used for leisure there is a vast amount of difference of how their musculature, fitness etc would be developed and no doubt horses 100’s of years ago stayed very consistent whereas horses now can do a hard schooling session for up to an hour or go on a leisurely hack, some are worked 6 days a week others just taken for a hack a couple of times at the weekend.
I reiterate that if my own horses that work regularly through the week haven’t worked for 2 days I can see a change in their muscle formation where the horse begins to loose their muscle tone and so to the human eye, in only 2 days the horse can begin to change shape!
Your saddle may require some additional flocking to re-balance the saddle which can be done on-site, this is chargeable depending on how much work is required. I am more than happy to adjust other saddles with changeable gullets if required, again this is chargeable.
All these checks are to ensure the saddle is as safe as possible for you and your horse and to enhance the life of your saddle. You are more than welcome to drop your saddle in to me or if I have been to you for a Saddle Check and you have decided you would like a Full Service on your saddle, I can take it with me and let you know when it will be ready to collect.
Once the full service is complete it is required that I come out to you again to check if any further flocking is required once the saddle is on your horses back to ensure your saddle is balanced including for you to ride in the saddle. For this a callout payment is required.
Please Note: A lot of saddles are only guaranteed for approximately 10 years use!
All available in different colours and varied models: Classic, Deluxe and Professional.