Choosing the right saddle!
Feb20

Choosing the right saddle!

The Society of Master Saddlers offer advice on General Purpose saddles versus discipline specific saddles. FOR many, starting out in horse or pony ownership, a General Purpose saddle provides the ideal choice. Whether you simply enjoy hacking or compete at a lower level it can offer everything you need in the early stages. Even within the General Purpose category there are many different styles to choose from so when looking to buy a...

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Showing is all about looks and performance!
Feb18

Showing is all about looks and performance!

Rob Cullen and John Hartley of Black Country Saddles provide some advice on what to look for in your show saddle. In the world of Showing it is all about looks and performance, so when it comes to choosing a saddle there is nothing more important than selecting one that will be comfortable for both horse and rider and also help provide the perfect picture. If you have bought a new show horse or pony over the winter months or are just...

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Ladies ride side saddle!
Feb16

Ladies ride side saddle!

Безопасные SEO эксперименты Riding side saddle is often associated with an era of yesteryear when ladies rode in long skirts and couldn’t possibly be seen astride a horse. One of the most memorable scenes from the first series of the popular period drama Downton Abbey was that of Lady Mary out on the hunting field galloping, riding side saddle. The side saddle was designed to allow women to ride a horse whilst maintaining their...

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Cleaning and Caring for Leather Saddles and Bridles
Jan26

Cleaning and Caring for Leather Saddles and Bridles

Question: My horse’s tack always seems to be filthy and greasy after it has been used. I am worried about over cleaning it and ruining the leather, have you got any tips on cleaning and maintaining tack? Answer: The Society of Master Saddlers replies: When maintaining a used bridle clean your bridle regularly according to how often it is used. It is much better to give it a quick clean every time it is used but, if you don’t...

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Jumping into the saddle
Dec19

Jumping into the saddle

Question: I’m looking at buying a jumping saddle for my horse, can you offer advice on what to look for? Answer: The Society of Master Saddlers replies: Both show jumping and cross-country requires the rider to be athletic and in balance with their horse at all times. Making sure you have the right saddle that fits the horse and is comfortable for the rider is key to success whether competing at a local or international level. The...

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A Seat for the Dressage Arena
Nov25

A Seat for the Dressage Arena

Question: I have just started competing in dressage competitions with my horse and we are really enjoying our new found success. I currently ride in a working hunter saddle but should I consider buying a specialist dressage saddle? I have heard it can help improve the horse’s movement? Answer: The Society of Master Saddlers replies: As always a well-designed, well-made and well-fitted saddle that is fit for its purpose is always an...

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