Thursday, 28 September 2017

SMART saddles at Osberton Horse Trials 27th September – 1st October 2017

Make sure you visit Solution Saddles
display stand 66 alongside Bloomfields Arena

It is an excellent opportunity to see a range of SMART saddles and speak directly with our expert Advisors about your saddle requirements. There will be a chance to have a really good look of the whole saddle to understand how it works and get a feel of the beautifully UK-handmade saddle for yourself.

We will be running a special Show Offer for the duration of Osberton Horse Trials

10% off a new SMART PRO JUMP saddle

·         SMART X- Over Breastgirth
·         SMART Cotton quilt saddle cloth
·         AND Knee blocks in the style of our choice.

-          SAVING you over £500!!!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

SMART Saddles at Burghley Horse Trials

It’s all about Burghley

31st August – 3rd September.

Will you be there?

Make sure you visit Solution Saddles display stand in the World of the Horse Pavilion, located by the Lion Bridge.

This is an excellent opportunity to see a range of SMART saddles and speak directly with our expert Advisors about your saddle requirements. There will be a chance to have a really good look at the flexible SMART saddle to understand how it works and to get a feel of the beautifully UK-handmade saddle for yourself.

Pop in to find out more about the SMART saddle range, including the fully deformable SMART PRO Jump; a saddle developed to reduce the risk of injury in the event of a fall. Designed in conjunction with 4* Event rider, Simon Grieve, the SMART PRO Jump saddle exceeds all expectations of a modern jumping saddle: lightweight, close contact and fully adjustable to any horse that you ride.

We will be running a special Show Offer for the duration of Burghley Horse Trials

Show Offer:
·         10% off a new SMART PRO JUMP saddle

·         SMART X- Over Breastgirth
·         SMART Cotton quilt saddle cloth
·         AND Knee blocks in the style of our choice.

-          SAVING you over £500!!!

We look forward to welcoming both new and existing customers to the stand.

See you there!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Safety First: The world’s first fully deformable jump saddle

Riding hats, body protectors, air jackets and frangible pins: all modern safety measures developed to reduce the risk of injury in the event of a fall - but what about your saddle?

The patented 100% flexible SMART saddle range responds to demand for safer saddles.

Pioneering SMART™ FLEXTech™ technology offers unrivalled safety for both horse and rider, thanks to its unique, fully deformable structure; constructed of multiple layers of high density materials, the SMART™ saddle range contains no rigid parts to cause additional harm in the event of a horse fall.  Whereas the frame of a solid and inflexible traditional saddle poses a real risk of exacerbating injury, particularly in the instance of a rotational fall, the compressible layers of a SMART™ saddle will flex and absorb impact, reducing trauma and injury. Important for any rider, whether you’re an elite eventer or a happy hacker, the advent of the RigidFree™ saddle offers remarkable levels of safety for all equestrians.

The fully deformable SMART™ saddle will flex and absorb impact,
reducing trauma and injury in the event of a fall.

Safety fears are strongest in the sport of eventing, where the frequency of falls is highest and where 1 in every 520 cross country starters can be expected to sustain a serious injury from falling*. The SMART PRO Jump saddle offers an inimitable option for riders looking for a premium jump saddle with safety benefits. Designed in conjunction with 4* Event rider, Simon Grieve, the SMART PRO Jump saddle exceeds all expectations of a modern jumping saddle: lightweight, close contact and fully adjustable to any horse that you ride. The SMART™ PRO Jump saddle allows flexion of the back and freedom of movement, enabling your horse to perform in balance, encouraging healthy back muscle development for long term soundness and continued optimum performance.

SMART™ PRO Jump saddle
Edison, ridden in his SMART PRO Jump saddle,
by Team GB rider, Izzy Taylor,
in the 7 year old Championships at Osberton International

Not just for eventers, the revolutionary SMART™ FLEXTech™ technology is found in every saddle in the SMART™ saddle range; from pony club to dressage and everything in between. Handmade in the UK out of premium leathers for luxury feel and durability, the full range of SMART™ saddles are available to try through our nationwide network of Approved Advisors. Try-before-you-buy rental service as well as 0% payment plan options over 3, 6 or 12 months also available.

To find out more or to book a test ride, contact Solution Saddles:
01909 720 259
07738 711 099

*2016 FEI Eventing Risk Management Programme Satistics

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

3rd Saddle Research Trust International Conference - SAVE THE DATE

The Saddle Research Trust are delighted to announce that the date and venue of the next conference have been confirmed:

3rd Saddle Research Trust International Conference 

Saturday 8th December 2018

De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, NG7 2RJ, Nottingham, UK

The 3rd Saddle Research Trust International Conference promises to be the biggest and best yet. Building on the ground-breaking research and progress achieved since the inaugural conference in 2012, the latest research will be presented by world-renowned leading experts in their fields.

Hosted at an exciting new venue, the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre , which impresses with first class facilities, ample free parking and centrally located for convenient road and rail links.  For those wishing to make a weekend of it, the De Vere Orchard Hotel is situated on site.
Further details will be available on the Saddle Research Trust website soon and tickets will go on sale later in 2017, with special early-bird offers and discounts for Saddle Research Trust members. 
Find out more about the Saddle Research Trust and join their mailing list to ensure you stay up to date with news and events, and don't forget to share with your friends.

The SMART™ Traditional - the latest addition to the patented SMART™ saddle range

Designed to provide a solution for adults riding cobs, large native breeds or small hunters, where large shoulders and short backs often lead to saddle fitting dilemmas. The lightweight & flexible SMART™ Traditional saddle comfortably accommodates horse and rider, allowing you and your horse to perform at your best, without compromise.

  • Features unique FLEXTech™ technology; scientifically tested and designed to improve comfort and performance for all horses and riders
  • A workmanlike, low profile finish and  traditional knee flap offers versatility for flatwork, showing and low level jumping
  • Suitable for leisure riders and professional riders alike – from Riding Club to HOYS
  • Flexible base panel to accommodate large shoulders and shorter back lengths without hindrance
  • Allows full freedom of movement and easy fitting throughout the season or on multiple horses
  • Roomy gullet with large surface area weight- bearing panels provide support for a wide range of horses and ponies
  • Open shape, close contact seat affords greater room for the rider without adding length
  • Interchangeable knee block options for customised support and adaptability between different disciplines
  • Lightweight to minimise overall load
  • Handmade in the UK from premium leathers
  • Available in Black or dark Havana with optional suede

RRP £2,450
Introductory offer: £2,250

Thursday, 23 March 2017

How can SMART FLEXTech Technology Address Saddle Fit and Balance Issues for Horse and Rider?

Dr. Sue Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust’s Centre for Equine Studies and Veterinary Advisor to the Saddle Research Trust, recently ran a pilot study (click here to read more) to investigate basic aspects of rider position and saddle fit for the rider. Initial results showed:
  •         Only 12% of riders had alignment of their shoulder, ‘hip’ and heel
  •         41% were judged to be sitting too far towards the back of the saddle
  •          59% were considered to be too big for their saddle

At Solution Saddles, we understand just how critical it is that the saddle is correctly balanced and suitably sized for the rider, as well as the horse. There are both short and long term consequences attributable to riding out of balance, ranging from lack of synchrony between horse and rider, to loss of performance and, not unusually, injury to horse and/or rider. Issues can manifest both physically, as well as behaviourally, and oftentimes the saddle’s role is overlooked. Despite a rider’s best efforts to improve their position, without a well-balanced saddle, they will be fighting a losing battle.

Seasonal weight fluctuations and the effect on saddle fit and balance
Horses are constantly changing shape; this not only affects saddle fit, but saddle balance and how the horse carries the rider. Whilst there are limitations with a traditional saddle, constructed around a rigid frame that cannot intrinsically accommodate any changes, the fully flexible SMARTTM Saddle system provides an ongoing solution. All SMARTTM saddles are made of high density, yet fully flexible, materials, ensuring that they offer support to horse and rider whilst accommodating any shape, and the many fluctuations experienced throughout the seasons. Unique FLEXTechTM technology affords SMARTTM saddle owners the freedom to address fit or balance adjustments as soon as they become perceptible.

When is a saddle out of balance?
A well balanced saddle should encourage the rider to adopt a classical position of shoulder-hip-heel alignment, with minimal effort.

Pictured: Solution Saddles Approved Advisor, Daniel Hammond, balanced to allow a classical dressage position in his SMARTTM Dressage saddle.

Perhaps most importantly, the rider should be able to sit on the saddle in ‘pelvic neutral’, without tipping forwards or backwards, changing the centre of gravity and causing the rider to compensate with their lower leg and/or upper body. Whilst there are variations between the ‘ideal’ position according to discipline, the necessity of a ‘pelvic neutral’ position is consistent across the board. 

Above images: Captured using XSens inertial sensors, provided by the Saddle Research Trust, illustrate pelvic rotations of the rider.

The SMARTTM Easy-Fit System

There are two golden rules to fitting a SMARTTM Saddle:
  1. Fit to the horse – ensure that the horse’s needs are met by supporting the saddle up off the Dorsal Spinous Processes and wither
  2. Balance to the rider – tweak the balance to allow the rider to sit in ‘pelvic neutral’  
Changing the fit or balance of a SMARTTM saddle is quick and easy, does not require any specialised equipment and can be done either by yourself or by one of our network of trained Approved Advisors. Our wide range of external SMARTTM Balance Pads (examples pictured below) are designed to be positioned underneath your SMARTTM saddle to provide additional lift or support as required. Feeling tipped back? Simply add a pair of rear shims under the back of the seat of your SMARTTM saddle. Tipping forward? Attach a pair of front shims to your saddle cloth and feel the difference for yourself. Thanks to FLEXTechTM technology, which flexes independently throughout, balance can be adjusted for the rider, without affecting the fit for the horse.

SMARTTM Saddle Sizing

SMARTTM saddles are sized according to rider height and weight, and thanks once again to their flexible structure, can then be fitted to any horse that rider is suitably sized to ride.

It is often possible for multiple riders to share the same SMARTTM saddle, within reason, thanks to our interchangeable knee block system, to provide more support for a shorter leg length or allow more room for a longer leg length.

With a full range of saddles to suit both professional and leisure riders alike, there is a SMARTTM saddle for everyone. The SMARTTM saddle system enables you to choose your preferred saddle style, whether that’s a GP, Dressage, Jump, VSD or Show, in a wide range of sizes to fit tiny tots to tall adults. SMARTTM saddles are approved for all FEI disciplines.

Test ride a SMARTTM Saddle today:

Solution Saddles offer a home consultation and rental service, enabling you to try a range of SMARTTM saddles under the expert guidance of one of our trained Approved Advisors. Throughout the consultation, you will feel for yourself the difference a correctly fitted and balanced SMARTTM saddle can make for you and your horse. Our try-before-you-buy rental service enables you to test the saddle in your own time before committing to purchase.

To find out more or to book a test ride, contact Solution Saddles today:

01909 720 259 / 07738 711 099

Pictured: International Event Rider, Izzy Taylor, rides 7 year old event horse, Edison, to 8th place in the Osberton International Horse Trials Young Horse Championships 2016. Ridden in all three phases in SMART PRO saddles. 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Solution Saddles Agent Training Dates 2017

Don't forget to book a space on our SMART saddle Advisor training days:

Monday 10th April 2017 and/or Monday 18th September 2017

Wellow Equestrian CentreNottinghamshire, NG22 0EQ
By Kind permission of Jake Fowles.

With both indoor and outdoor arenas, Wellow Equestrian boasts excellent facilities
for agent training, which we are very grateful to have access to.

Training days are suitable for both induction training for new and potential Advisors and annual top-up training for Approved & Technical Advisors. 

In order to maintain the highest standards to ensure a constant level of service for the customer, all agents must attend annual training to maintain their tier level. New agents must attend an induction training day plus one other training day in order to achieve 'Approved Agent' status, subject to meeting the required standard

Why Become a Solution Saddles Approved Advisor?
  • Opportunity to make a real difference to horse welfare
  • No cost to you - all training is free of charge and there are no set-up costs or associated fees
  • Choose your level of involvement and be as active as you wish to fit flexibly with your lifestyle
  • No minimum performance requirement
  • Tier system that is easy and convenient for both agents and customers
  • Full back-up support from Solution Saddles HQ
  • Ongoing training available within a company dedicated to scientific research in the interests of horse and rider welfare & performance
  • Agent discount on saddles and accessories
  • Opportunities to represent Solution Saddles on the display stand at local and national events