Safety in the Saddle
Sep17

Safety in the Saddle

Question: This season I intend to start affiliated eventing with my horse, my tack is second-hand and I have had it a few years now. Are there any saddle safety checks I should make to ensure that I am safe in the saddle whilst out on the cross country course? Answer: The Society of Master Saddlers replies: One of the most important safety factors of riding is that which concerns good quality saddlery, which is carefully selected,...

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Perfect Posture in the Saddle
Aug30

Perfect Posture in the Saddle

Question: I have just got back in the saddle again after a good 10 years on the ground. After buying my horse I had a Society of Master Saddlers’ Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter out to check and fit a second-hand saddle but is there anything I can do to help improve my riding technique in the saddle? Answer: The Society of Master Saddlers replies: As riders, we are always looking to improve our technique and performance in the...

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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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