Friday 16 June 2017

Rebekah is looking forward to stepping up to BE90 ...Video updated April 2018

I can't rave about the SMART™PRO Jump saddle enough. I competed in it for the first time, on my gelding ‘Dante’, at our second ever BE80 at Somerford Park - we came 3rd out of 41 competitors and qualified for the Blue Chip Central North West BE80T Challenge.

After spending the past few years as dressage divas, our return to jumping has been exciting, but my old GP saddle wasn't offering me the security I felt I needed, leading me to look into other options. I knew I wanted a flexible saddle as I believe this offers better freedom for the horse, as well as needing a saddle to fit multiple horses, this led me to Solution Saddles.

Thanks to the excellent customer service, I was able to organise a test ride quickly and noticed an immediate difference in Dante's way of going, as well as how secure and comfortable I felt.


The SMART™ PRO Jump saddle has already proven its value many times over in the very short time I've had it; it has made jumping much more enjoyable for me and my horses. I am now optimistic about making the step up to BE90 in the future! 

Update April 2018

 "I have been using SMART saddles for just under 12 months and I have been so impressed with both of my SMART PRO Jump and SMART PRO Dressage saddles; comfortable, secure, and easy to adapt for horse & rider - throw in excellent quality, and lightweight too! 

Since having my SMART PRO Jump saddle, I have gone from nervously attempting BE80 to jumping up to 1.05m at home, and competing in my first BE90 in very little time. 

The saddles are versatile too - my SMART PRO Dressage saddle has been used for hacking & fast work, and even introducing my youngster to jumping. 

I am very glad I made the change to SMART Saddles. I have my first event of the season next weekend so fingers tightly crossed for a good result to kick off with too" 

Rebekah Adshead

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Katie found her horses jumping improved when she changed to the lightweight SMART saddle

Diamond Purdy at the age of 16.
"She hasn't jumped this well since she was a four year old !! We have only recently converted to a SMART Saddle, I wish I had know about them years ago. They are so lightweight and she is so much more relaxed with this saddle. Her turns and shape over a fence has improved with the extra freedom" :) 👌

Katie Marshall

Friday 2 June 2017

"What the SMART GP saddle has given me is priceless..."

"I started working with Solution Saddles last year, so I am used to hearing good reports from clients who have tried SMART™ saddles. However, I hadn't tried a SMART™ saddle myself until a few months ago; mainly because my horse Annie, at 22, is mostly retired. She can be tricky to ride unless she is in full work, she always has been and has the ability to make you feel like you can't ride most of the time, hence she has been pretty much out of work for the last few years with the occasional wander out - at walk.

I am an equine podiatrist so I know and understand the many factors that contribute to a horse’s performance. Over the years I've had all the usual things checked for Annie; feet, back, teeth, saddle, bit etc. but all were apparently fine. So, I concluded it must just be her temperament ... without stereotyping her as a chestnut mare. I've had her since she was four, so I’ve had enough time to figure her out, or so I thought. 

After taking a SMART™ saddle for a trimming client to try, I tried it for myself on Annie, for a quick walk round the block, just to see how it felt compared to a normal treed saddle.

It obviously felt different to her. 

From the first ride until now she has been a completely different horse to ride. She is easier now than she was when we were competing. With the SMART™ GP saddle, we can trot on a loose rein, canter on a loose rein, we are jumping again (albeit fallen logs in the forest, but jumping!) and we can walk afterwards without her getting stressed and tense.  Those who know Annie will realise what a true feat this is!

She doesn't toss her head up in transitions. She doesn't get the strange diamond shaped sweat patch on her shoulder. She's not stiff or sore after a ride. She doesn't rush. She doesn't grab at the bit or run through the bridle. And she hasn't done her silly 2 beat bouncy canter that consistently got me marked down in dressage.  She is relaxed.

Honestly, it's the biggest horsey investment I've ever made ... I think it costs more than the horse did 17 years ago!

But what it's given me is priceless.

It's made me fall back in love with riding. 

The SMART™ GP saddle has given Annie and I the chance to make some more memories even though I'd retired her. It has given my youngster the opportunity to have the best start when the time comes to back her.

So whilst I really can't afford to be buying saddles ... I can't afford not to ... 

I owe it to Annie to make her life as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. 

We owe every horse that. 

If only I knew 17 years ago what I know now ... our life together could have been very different.

Better late than never I suppose.

Jenny Parsons
Wild at Hoof – DEP / MEPA

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