Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Saddle comfort is extremely important for level 4 TREC rider - and the SMART Eventer fits the bill

"I am very pleased with the performance of my new SMARTTM Eventer saddle. As a level 4 TREC competitor riding up to 45km, I can spend up to 8 hours in the saddle over difficult terrain when competing, so saddle comfort for horse and rider that I can trust is extremely important. 

With the issues of a large shoulders and developing musculature, my young Welsh Cob, Maisie, has been difficult to fit a saddle to.   Since I have been using the SMARTTM Eventer, Maisie has had no problems with back soreness after long and tough days and she is working well across all disciplines in her training."

Thank you

Caroline Brammer
Level 4 TREC GB competitor

Friday, 1 June 2018

Penny Lawn at Rockingham International, PLUS new contoured girth...

SMART Ambassador, Penny Lawn, had a good run at Rockingham International Horse Trials with ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and ‘Bold Impulse’, both ridden in their SMART™PRO saddles. Penny was pleased with both horses, “They ran well in the Novice class with Bold Impulse  just out of the placings”.

Penny is looking forward to Belsay Horse Trials in Northumberland followed by Warwick Hall in Cumbria – fingers crossed for some rain to soften the ground!

Eye of the Tiger at Rockingham International Horse Trials
with Penny Lawn in their SMART™ PRO Jump saddle.

In addition to the existing Professional’s Choice girth range, as recommended by Solution Saddles, Penny has also been trialling the recently launched VenTECH Stud Girth.

The contoured, anatomically shaped girth design compliments SMART saddle principles; designed with the horse in mind, allowing freedom of movement through the shoulder and reducing pressure points. 

Made with the same high quality you would expect from Professional’s Choice, the perforated neoprene liner prevents slipping, allows for airflow, and peels away from the outer liner for an easy clean. Stainless steel hardware is durable and will not rust, and the essential heavy duty double elastic on each end provides a comfortable fit and will not overstretch. D-rings and centre carabiner clip are compatible with saddle accessories and training aids, and the addition of the stud guard provides additional protection when jumping. the durable, easy clean outer shell is also ventilated to keep your horse cool and comfortable.

If you’d like one for yourself, you can pre-order via our website. Please note these are currently only available by special order so allow 28 days for delivery. These girths come up smaller in size than the standard VenTECH dressage girth, so we recommended going up 2” to your usual size.


Size 24”, 26”
Brown only

COLORS: Black only.
Available in 2” increments 22” - 30”

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

SMART Customer Testimonial: Classical trainer and Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Kate Sandel

As a Classical trainer and Equine Sports Massage Therapist specialising in the physical rehabilitation of horses, it was clear that most saddles were giving horses and riders alike a whole world of heartache...

Personally, I had found that trying to find a saddle to fit my Lusitano was an on-going challenge over the years; we have been through many different options, none of which have quite cut the mustard. I needed a saddle that was suitable for a lot of demanding work in the arena and very challenging hacking out over the moor.

Along with my own young PRE and heavy weight cob, plus all of the horses I have in for starting, rehabilitation and training, I was gathering quite a collection of saddles - all of which were more of  a ‘make do’ than I was happy with.

I had been scared off  treeless options in the past having seen problems with them, but also recognised the inherent challenge of putting a fixed object between two moving beings, and that unless the tree fitted perfectly (which seemed to be a rare occurrence!) it often caused significant issues.

I was finally persuaded to try a SMART Saddle by a fellow trainer and I haven’t looked back. They are unlike any other treeless saddle I have previously tried; providing stability for the rider and supporting their weight while also allowing the horse to move.

I initially bought a SMART Sport Dressage saddle, but have since invested in a SMART Pro Dressage saddle. With a variety of SMART Balance pads, I am able to use this saddle with all three of my horses as well as visiting horses.

My Lusitano and I are finally both very happy with our saddle, and it’s proving to be as stable out on the muddy, slidey slopes of Dartmoor as it is in the arena.  I couldn’t be more pleased with my SMART Pro Dressage saddle, and recommend SMART Saddles to all of my clients.” 

Kate Sandel