Wednesday, 14 March 2018

SMART Ambassador, Penny Lawn, is gearing up for the 2018 season

“The horses have all gone well over the winter, getting good results out and about at dressage and showjumping competitions. One of the horses that is in for schooling has really benefited from working in the flexible SMART PRO Dressage saddle -  winning every dressage test that she has entered!

Eye of the Tiger is aiming for 1* this year, we started with a run at Osberton UA and have Oasby and Lincoln to look forward to next.

Queen of Rock is having a career move, having been asked to join a group that will start Team Chasing in April - I'm very excited about that!

Good Luck Penny! We can’t wait to hear how you get on.

Customer testimonial: Emma had only positive results since trying a SMART PRO Dressage saddle


Horse - Cassie, 16.1hh, Holsteiner mare. Schooling at Elementary Dressage.

"My mare, Cassie, is quite wide and had changed shape a lot since starting work with a new trainer. My very good traditional saddler noted that our saddle wasn’t fitting well anymore, due to the resulting change in her muscle tone.

Under saddle, we were having particular problems on the left rein, which I had first attributed to a problem in her mouth. After a visit from my Equine Dental Technician, he found that there were no problems with her mouth at all.  Cassie also had visible muscle atrophy on one side, a lack of taking contact on left rein, and was becoming stuffy in canter."

The SMART PRO Dressage Saddle:

"My first impression of the SMART PRO Dressage saddle was that it was not only very light but also extremely comfortable. It came with a selection of movable blocks, both for the thigh and the knee, which I tried and chose a style that suited me.

The Approved Advisor who conducted the Home Consultation Visit did not rush us and was keen to get the right saddle model and fit for both of us. Following the test ride, we opted for the try-before-you-buy rental service and were left with the girth, saddle cloth, shims and other accessories for the duration of the trial. There was no pressure to purchase the SMART PRO Dressage saddle, but after just a few days, both myself and Cassie knew we loved it!

I started off on lower intensity schooling sessions (40 mins door to door with lots of warm up/down) building up to the normal hour. I noticed an instant change in that Cassie seemed more equal on both reins and was lighter in the contact - this is improving every time I ride. She also felt freer and her walk seemed (even) bigger. The medium work had considerably more power and the canter had a marked improvement on both reins.

I have been able to go back to an eggbutt snaffle, which hadn't seemed 'strong' enough for a while. I also noticed that the muscle behind the saddle that I have always wanted to be stronger is starting to develop. The muscle atrophy has all but gone and rugs/massage pads no longer slip one way, which means she is becoming more equally muscled.

After having ridden in the SMART PRO Dressage saddle for a while, I had my Mctimoney Chiropractor to visit. Previously, she has always found tension in Cassie's poll, neck and shoulders but since using the SMART saddle, she couldn't find any tightness in these areas at all - or in the rest of her back.

I am SO glad that I made the decision to give a SMART saddle a try - there is still a slight stigma attached to them, but I can happily say, as someone who owns a lot of bling, that there absolutely shouldn't be. I don’t know why more people aren’t thinking outside the box and giving SMART saddles a go!"

Emma Smith

Friday, 23 February 2018

Approved Advisor: Ann-Marie Marek - Ceredigion

As a trainer for Intelligent Horsemanship and an accredited Ride with your Mind Coach I regularly
see behaviour and physical problems with horses which can be tracked back to poor saddle fit.
Unbalanced saddles can also significantly affect the rider position which has a direct impact on the
ability of the horse to move correctly.

I found Solution Saddles in 2006 when I had three very different sized horses who needed saddles.
My Solution Saddle allowed one saddle to fit all three horses and had proved to be a godsend when
I’ve had horses in for staring or training. My saddle has been fitted to numerous horses and allowed
me to demonstrate to owners how much their current saddle is contributing to the poor
performance or behaviour of their horse.

On a personal level I really appreciate how much freedom my Solution Saddle gives my horses. Their
movement has changed dramatically and when their shape fluctuates through the year it is so easy
to accommodate these shape changes with small adjustments to the fitting.