Tuesday, 28 July 2020

"I can't recommend my SMART GP saddle enough!"

"I bought Yogi 18 months ago and have been struggling to find a saddle that fits both him and me. He has a big shoulder and is quite round but as I’m long from hip to knee, any saddles normally only fit one of us properly. I’ve also had a lot of problems with saddles slipping, due to the nature of his shape, making it uncomfortable for us both.

I’ve been deliberating for a while about purchasing a SMART saddle due to the cost, but I’ve had my new SMART GP saddle for 2 weeks now and already feel the cost is very justified! The adjustable knee blocks really help me fit comfortably in the saddle and the flexible style of the saddle helps with any movement and stays put for the whole ride! 

Yogi feels so much happier in our new saddle, the flexible nature allows his large shoulder to move freely and for me the comfort is great.

My SMART Advisor was very helpful and patient when fitting & any help I have needed since has never been too much trouble.

I can’t recommend the SMART GP saddle enough!"

~ A very happy Katie & Yogi

Thursday, 23 July 2020

The SMART solution for newly backed youngster

I decided to purchase a SMART saddle for my 4 year old ID who is still growing.  Being able to have a 'proper' saddle whilst not having to worry about it not fitting in 6 months time is a real bonus.

My mare had only been broken a month, but my approved SMART Advisor was very patient and helpful throughout the fitting process.The trial period was invaluable for getting a good feel for the saddle and checking that it suited both me and my mare.

You would never know these are treeless saddles, they ride just like (if not better than) a 'normal' saddle.I have the SMART PRO Dressage saddle, which gives an amazing secure, comfortable and close-contact ride.

~ Janine Munt, Yorkshire

Friday, 26 June 2020

Socially distanced SMART saddle fitting a success!

" Our SMART Advisor was extremely helpful, from first point of contact, through consultation, to after sales care. She adhered well to social distancing during the appointment and asked many questions beforehand to determine the best saddles to bring on the day. 
The SMART Native VSD saddle is very comfortable for both me and my horse - he is young and green, but our SMART Advisor was very patient with us both! "

 ~ Eve Waterhouse

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Remote fitting advice a resounding success for a difficult to fit cob

"I contacted Solution Saddles mid-lockdown in a slight panic due to my youngster being "off" again, which I knew was saddle related. I was sceptical to say the least, because just two months prior I had spent £1,250 on a brand new custom saddle that was supposed to last my youngster his lifetime...

But, we've had the saddle just under one month now and I am so happy to say that the saddle is amazing! We have been on 12 mile hacks and my horse has felt so free to move! His physio has also been out and noted an improvement in his shoulder movement, which was an area of concern at his last check up. I'm so happy with the versatility of the saddle as we show and jump!

I can't wait to see how much more improvement we have with the saddle over the coming weeks, but for anyone with a hard to fit baby cob, wondering like me if they should give a SMART Saddle a try - DO IT TODAY!"

~ Amy McIntyre, Scotland.  SMART Direct Outlet customers who took advantage of our remote fitting advice service during 'lockdown'.

"I highly recommend these saddles for many reasons!"

I’ve owned Louie, a Welsh X 15.2 9 yr old gelding, for two years now. He has been a complete joy in every way. However, at the beginning of this year, we were starting to get a few behavioural issues creeping in, such as head-shaking, putting his tongue over the bit, violent spooking and also the occasional huge buck. Initially we thought it was pollen related, but nose-nets and vaseline didn’t help. Then we thought it may be back issues, but back treatments didn’t improve the behaviour either. 

Then we began looking at the saddle, wondering whether this was where the problems were coming from. I’d had my saddle for a year, and it had been fitted to Louie by a master saddler on three separate occasions in the course of that year. 

All horses change shape/lose or gain weight constantly, as conditions change. Louie has changed a lot over the last year. Over Winter he was stabled 24/7. Then prior to lockdown, he started going out during the day, and we were having dressage lessons weekly, so he was developing muscle. Then over lockdown, he wasn’t ridden at all, and all that muscle tone disappeared.  

When I came to ride again after lockdown, I discovered the saddle was too tight over the shoulders and was bridging at the back. Maybe the saddle had been causing issues all along?

So I took the plunge and have had a SMART PRO Dressage saddle on trial for two weeks. 

The difference in Louie is amazing. Head shaking stopped, bucking stopped, tongue over the bit stopped, spooking for no reason stopped. And the saddle feels wonderful to ride in; I feel secure, very comfortable and love being able to feel Louie's movements so much more than in the previous saddle.

Not only that, but I know I do not need to worry about this saddle hurting my boy. I know it fits, and it can always be fitted, no matter how much he changes shape, gains or loses weight.

I highly recommend these saddles for many reasons. 

Julie Thompson, Essex

SMART Saddles prove top choice for riding school horses and riders

ESR sleep ride would like to say a massive thank you to Solution Saddles for making a product that will last our riding school horses a lifetime. 

The SMART saddles have really improved our horses lengths of stride, and, because of their versatility, have proven invaluable for horses that come in for breaking and training . They really allow our all our riders to feel the horses movement underneath them, and can be adjusted through out the seasons to ensure optimal fit.

Our horses have regular physio sessions and the practitioner always comments on how excellent our horses backs are, as do other professionals such as vets and dentist . 

We are really happy with our purchases and Camilla who gave us a really educational and enlightening saddle fitting visit

Danielle Mckinnon
Founding Director 

"The difference in how my horses went in the SMART saddle was stunning!"

"I first came across SMART saddles in 2016. I subsequently had my local Approved Advisor, Rachael Brown, out to test ride a SMART Dressage Saddle and can honestly say the difference in how my horses went was stunning! So much so, that I have gone on to buy a SMART Sport Jump saddle and, more recently, a SMART PRO Jump saddle.

I have found Rachael, and all the people I have dealt with at Solution Saddles, to be friendly, professional and, above all, enthusiastic about their products. Rachael and Charlotte are both very knowledgeable and always more than happy to help.

I would recommend SMART saddles unreservedly for all aspects of riding, from happy hackers to high level competition riders"


Wednesday, 26 February 2020

SMART Saddles: From little to large

"I was first introduced to SMART™ saddles, whilst trying to find a solution to the problem of my shire cross, Oscar, regularly changing shape and leading to me spending too much time and money having saddles adjusted to fit properly.

Oscar is 17.3hh and, at the time was 4 years old and just coming into proper work. As he was constantly changing shape, I was becoming increasingly frustrated at the amount of time we were spending out of work; waiting for saddle fitters, waiting for saddle adjustments and arranging to drop-off or collect saddles before and after adjustments.  Not to mention the money I was spending for every adjustment. 

I decided to invest in the SMART™ PRO Jump saddle and have never looked back. The easy-to-adjust fitting and balance system means that we are now four years on and have not missed a single training session or competition due to saddle issues.  

Our training has come on leaps and bounds and we are now regularly competing - getting some good results including double clears, wins and finishing on our dressage score. We are looking forward to moving on to more advanced work including our first BE.

Dorothy, a completely gorgeous, but very barrel shaped Fell Pony, was purchased for my daughter to learn to ride on.

I had difficulties finding a traditional saddle to stay in position, so invested in a SMART Native saddle for her - and what a difference! Both Dorothy and my daughter have come on leaps and bounds in just the three months since we bought it.  With Dorothy winning her first one day event with a 28.7 dressage score, after only seeing cross country jumps twice before in her life!"

Dotty winning her first mini one day event


Wednesday, 19 February 2020

A flexible SMART™ saddle can be of benefit to a young horse as they mature:

“I’ve always loved riding in a dressage saddle and when I bought my narrow four year old, I didn’t think it would be worth buying one for him until he’d fully developed.

SMART Saddles were recommended to me as they were fully flexible and could adjust with him as he grew. I was a little sceptical at first - but that quickly changed after the design and concept was explained to me.

Following a through fitting session I started on our flat work; I couldn’t believe the difference; the sensitivity was highly increased and the SMART PRO Dressage saddle felt SO comfortable. I kept the saddle on trial and took it to a dressage lesson where my instructor was impressed with the increased movement my horse had in his shoulders.

Safe to say I bought the saddle!.”


The SMART PRO Dressage saddle: highly recommended for a difficult to fit mare.

“I am very pleased with my SMART PRO dressage saddle.

With large shoulders and a round back, finding a saddle to fit my mare has been problematic. The SMART saddle flexes with the movement of her back; it doesn’t lift, sway or slip even with the girth not overly tight. It feels comfortable and secure for both of us and allows full range of movement.

It’s a bonus that I can use the SMART saddle on other horses too. I would highly recommend”.