Friday, 15 January 2021

A saddle story - from size 2 SMART NATIVE PONY GP to SMART Elite Jump

 From size 2 Native GP saddle to the size 5 SMART Elite Jump saddle, Robbie, and each of his horses and ponies, has enjoyed the benefits of the SMART saddle system throughout his riding career to date. 

Robbies story started with an 11hh shetland pony, Ben, in 2013, when they discovered the SMART Native Pony saddle helped the young combination with rider security and saddle stability Read their story here.

Alongside his pony club activities, Robbie also races with the Shetland Pony Grand National Group.

Robbie and his racing Shetland, Magheradartin Elevator’ (Captain), using the SMART Native Pony saddle to successfully win a rather large ‘ Budding Star’  trophy. 



The SMART Eventer saddle was a successful upgrade, for all pony club activities, including dressage and Showjumping when Robbie got a new pony, Flint. They had a great start winning, 10 and under winter dressage league and 50cm, 60cm and 70cm showjumping.

Moving onto the discipline specific SMART PRO Dressage and Jump saddles as they moved up the grades and Robbie grew, his mother Helen said,  "All of our ponies and horses have worked correctly through their back due to the SMART PRO saddles they have been ridden in. The balance allows Robbie to stay in a lovely correct position while the horses are soft and free. Can’t recommend the saddles enough."

Robbie now uses the SMART Elite Jump saddle for Eventing.  

 “The SMART saddles give great balance for the rider but also great freedom of movement for the horses. Their backs all look amazing. I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t use them.”


Watch Robbies SMART Saddle Journey, from size 2 Native GP saddle to a size 5 SMART Elite Jump saddle here: 

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

“Onward and upward with my beautiful SMART VSD saddle!”

After being told by a few saddlers that I would not get a saddle to fit Rona, my Welsh Cob x ID “tabletop" mare, I had all but given up trying to buy a saddle and seriously questioned how to move forward. Tacking up had become an unpleasant tussle that made us both feel unhappy, her old saddle slipped and twisted while riding and I had no doubt she was uncomfortable.


Then, a SMART Advisor from Solution Solutions came to visit; she was interested and very keen to help solve our problems. The fitting was very thorough and so much care and attention was taken to make sure it was right. There was no rush. I learned quite a lot about saddles during the afternoon!  I was able to ride in various SMART saddle styles to feel the difference and see how they suited my position and how Rona felt in them.  As soon as we went in the arena she relaxed and stretched forward with her head down and a nice forward stride.


I knew straight away that the SMART VSD saddle was going to be ours.  It was available on a 2-week trial which is a great idea and a perfect chance to make sure it was right for us - but there was no doubt in my mind from the outset.


Although I have only had my SMART VSD saddle for a couple of weeks, we have turned a corner with tacking up, which is a much better, safer experience and that alone tells me that Rona is happier. The saddle is easy to fit and I no longer have slipping issues. Rona has good paces (when she is in the mood!) and stretches beautifully - I think she is discovering that she can move in comfort and thus our teamwork is improving. I’m very excited to see how her muscles will improve and develop over the coming months. Onward and upward! 


For myself, I love the comfort, stability and security that I now have. The seat hugs me and I am sitting “in” the saddle rather than the old saddle, where I was perched on top. Now I can feel Rona’s movement underneath me and the saddle lifts as she moves forward, allowing her to stretch and engage. I feel very balanced and stable and I am excited that my riding can now begin to improve.


I can honestly say Rona and I are so happy. The quality of my new saddle is fantastic and it looks really smart. I am so pleased with it, I am sure Rona would endorse it too!

Caron Gilleeney

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Remote SMART consultation helps happy customer move up a level

“I am lucky to own a beautiful warmblood dressage mare who is 15 years young. She is beautifully built with large powerful shoulders that can be an issue when trying to find a saddle to fit.

Recently, she has had an issue with her SI joint and could come out initially quite tight and stiff. So, after her SI joint was treated, I was keen to do all I could to preserve my beautiful mare, Bella, and keep her active.

That’s when I started looking at SMART saddles. After reading the research I decided to take the plunge and arranged to take a SMART PRO Dressage saddle on rental. As I live in Northern Ireland, I arranged to have a remote fitting, which was fab, effective and easy. Three weeks later my equine physio assessed Bella as ‘’in great shape with little tightness’’.

I love my SMART PRO Dressage saddle which gives me a close contact feel and is very stable - even the knee blocks are fitted to my shape! Having bought the saddle, we have gone from strength to strength. My trainer is delighted with our progress, we are scoring really well and hoping to move up a level by Christmas.

I wouldn’t use any other saddle now!”


Debbie Burns
Northern Ireland