Monday, 25 March 2019

“I LOVE my SMART Eventer saddle!"





"I have had my little mare, Honey, for one year and during that time I have really struggled to find a saddle to fit us both. She has slightly asymmetric scapulae and such huge shoulder movement that I wanted a saddle that I could rely on not to restrict her in any way. When I got her, she could only be described as a ‘hat rack’; she continues to change shape all the time and can also be a very ‘spirited’ ride.


I tried all the well-known saddle brands, but always hated the thought of a saddle tree containing and restricting her movement, never mind it not being able to adapt to fit as she developed muscle and changed shape through training. I also needed a saddle that could really support my position in all three disciplines, which I truly didn’t think I would be able to find in one single saddle - but with the SMART Eventer, I have!



The close-contact feel of the SMART Eventer saddle is phenomenal for flat work; without even having to think about it, my pelvis is in a perfect neutral position, this has brought our canter work (as well as everything else) on in leaps and bounds in an incredibly short space of time as I am finally  in the right place to allow her to really move through from behind. 

When it comes to jumping, the SMART Eventer saddle is second to none; I did our first ever cross-country today and you can see from the pictures how amazing the saddle was for both of us! The adjustable knee blocks are just perfect as I can move them around for the different disciplines of eventing; I prefer to use large blocks for extra support when riding cross-country and none for dressage.




I have been really impressed by the service provided by Solution Saddles. They couldn’t have been more helpful; advising on the correct size for me as well as giving remote feedback from videos of me riding.  The extended trial period via the rental service was invaluable and really gave me confidence that I was investing in something special.

I’m so excited about the eventing season ahead. I know that both Honey and I can go out there, give it our best and continue to grow our partnership, together with our SMART Eventer saddle, over the coming years.

Thank you Solution Saddles for an amazing product!”

Pip Bell
March 2019

Friday, 26 October 2018

The SMART PRO Jump saddle has played a huge part in getting ‘Eric’ back up the grades.




“I have owned Eric since he was 10 years old. Now 14, this was our first 1.20m class together which, despite a few faults, he jumped round with a super rhythm - I was very pleased with him. I only started competing in affiliated classes when I got Eric and, in that time, I have had a now 2-year old son.

   


Before I owned Eric, he was ridden in a treed saddle. When I saw his previous owner at Hickstead, she told me that although he had competed up to 1.30m, he was struggling at 90cm when he was sold. 

Since having our SMART PRO Jump saddle he feels more adjustable and flexible in his jumping and most importantly he is happier; his SMART PRO Jump saddle has played a huge part in getting his confidence back.”

Katie King
2018

Read Katies previous story, from 2015, when Katie first discovered the benefits of a SMART Dressage saddle here: https://news.solutionsaddles.com/2015/02/solution-of-month-story-february-2015.html






Friday, 19 October 2018

The flexible SMART Native VSD saddle was the perfect choice for an awkward to fit, young New Forest pony.


I needed a saddle for my young New Forest pony, William, who is an awkward shape to fit; wide with a very short, flat back.


I decided to try a SMART Native VSD saddle because they are flexible and can adapt to the shape of the horse. As William still has a bit of growing to do, a SMART saddle gives me more flexibility in terms of adjusting the fit as he changes shape. The SMART Native VSD saddle looks very high quality and no different to a traditional treed saddle - it is also very lightweight.




I decided to rent the SMART Native VSD saddle for a few weeks initially, so I could really test it out before buying. During this period, Solution Saddles were very supportive and were able to give me lots of advice from the photos and videos I sent in when I had questions. I am enjoying the saddle & my youngster is coming on nicely.

Sheri Pinkney