Saddle Fitting – Essential Knowledge
Jan17

Saddle Fitting – Essential Knowledge

In the latest column from the Society of Master Saddlers we discuss essential knowledge and tips when it comes to saddle fitting and the checks that need to be made. Horses change considerably over time. A horse’s ‘shape’ is very dependent on the horse owner’s management. A horse can change shape for many reasons. Maybe he is enjoying a break from work turned out in a field with lots of grass. Possibly, the competition season is well...

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Equido – Bells And Whistles…
Oct02

Equido – Bells And Whistles…

By Morag Higgins WESI MRPCH BHSAI HNCES There has been a lot of press recently about the misuse of nosebands and debates as to how tight they should or should not be.  I personally do not like to see a noseband on any horse however I would be the first one to put a noseband on if I thought it would assist in the schooling of a horse, not, however, a quick fix or patch over a problem of braking!!!  The noseband would disappear as...

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Does The Tack Really Fit?
Sep01

Does The Tack Really Fit?

We talk to the Society of Master Saddlers to gain advice on whether to purchase the saddle and bridle when buying a new horse. Although at first glance it can appear like a ‘bargain’ to buy a horse with tack it may not always be a positive. Obviously the most important aspect to find out is, if you like the horse enough to want to buy it, does the tack really fit as well as it should. Don’t automatically assume that the saddle fits...

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Helping Tack Stand the Test of Time
Aug06

Helping Tack Stand the Test of Time

As we all know, investing in good quality tack is likely to be one of the most expensive and important purchases you make for you and your horse. Once you have the right saddle, bridle and other tack accessories it is then over to you to ensure they remain in good condition and last for years. Your saddle and bridle should be checked each time you tack up and a more in depth look taken when cleaning. In general, leather should be...

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