This new range of traditional two-flap saddles from Fairfax saddles features a GP, jump and dressage model.
Designed for the discerning competition rider. They’re made in England from super-soft oiled butt and first-selection full grain hide with highly-cushioned knee rolls for support and comfort.
The Classic range features the SimaTree adjustable gullet to ensure a perfect width fit as your horse changes shape with fitness, rest or age and British wool flocking means that fine-tuning adjustments can be made on-site by a saddle fitter.
Price £1,490 for the GP, £1,690 for Jump and Dressage*
All designed with your horse's comfort in mind. Here's four of the most innovative and modern girths available.
Stübben Equi-Soft girth
A modern looking girth designed to follow the contours of your ors's body to eliminate the problem of pinching.
The elastic rings in the middle of the girth distribute pressure evenly across your horse and allows him to expand and contract his ribcage without restriction.
The girth cover can be changed and is available in neoprene, lambskin or leather
Styles Dressage, GP
TSF Stretchtec Shoulder Relief girth
This short girth incorporates a central triangular elastic section that helps it to conform to your horse's barrel and provides additional expansion for breathing.
Perfect for hard to fit horses and sensitive types needing maximum breathing room.
The anatomical cut helps position the saddle well back from the shoulders and ensures the girth doesn't interfere with the elbows.
Amerigo Protector Dressage girth
The unusual shape of this girth has a number of benefits.
The large distributing pad is designed to spread pressure onto the sternum, rather than onto the more sensitive rib cage.
The unique contoured shape is designed to prevent elbow rubs - it's made from soft calfskin leather and has elastic on each side for a closer fit.
Fairfax Performance girth
This girth was developed using pressure testing and gait analysis. It's backed up by scientific evidence proving that it can apply less pressure than some other girths and improve your horse's range of movement.
It's lined with Prolite, a unique material that distributes pressure, absorbs impact and prevents rubbing.
It also has a Prolite cushioned zone which allows muscle to slide under the girth rather than blocking it, making it more comfortable for your horse.
Price £220 (short), £240 (long)*
*Prices correct at time of publishing
If you're keen for your horse to look bang on trend this summer, then look no further than the fabulous ANKY Saddlepads and matching bandages that are available in a range of great colours for the season ahead.
The ANKY Saddle Pad has a silicone grip print on both sides to prevent your saddle from slipping, while a breathable Coolmax lining help to keep your horse comfortable when he's working hard.
To complete the whole matchy, matchy look there's matching fleece bandages too.
Colours: Denim blue, desert palm, poppy red, blue marlin, pretty pink, gipsy grey, sparkling silver
Price £49.95 to £54.95 (saddle pad), £27.50 (set of 4 bandages)*
*prices correct at time of publishing
These stylish products are part-lined with luxurious faux sheepskin which is comfortable against your horse's skin and also offers a level of protection.
This smart looking range is all machine washable on a cool cycle, making it easy to keep them clean.
In this range there’s a saddlepad and half pad available in black or white - ideal for competition or everyday use.
There’s also a headcollar that comes in cob and full size and you can chose from black, navy or cerise.
Price £16.99* (half pad), £22.99* (saddlepad), £9.99* (headcollar)
*prices correct at time of publishing
Ensuring your horse's tack fits him will mean he's comfortable and happy to work. You probably already have your saddle fit checked twice a year and monitor the fit of your bit and bridle, but you need to check the fit of your saddlecloth too.
Here, we've picked four of the most innovative saddlecloths which have been designed to keep your horse comfortable when he's working.
HRP Dressage Mono WING saddle pad
This saddle pad has been scientifically proven to put not pressure on your horse behind his saddle and allows him to move freely through his back. The pad sits right up into the gullet of your saddle to give clearance along the spine. This pad also has a Thorax pad for comfort around the girth area.
Bucas Max saddle pad
From the popular rug manufacturer, these pads are lined with the Bucas anti-bacterial Stay-Dry fabric which will help to remove sweat and moisture from your horse's back so he stays comfortable. the saddle pad is available in dressage or jumping styles.
The Husk Pure GP Breathe saddlecloth
Made from a three dimensional material allows air to flow freely between the layers helping to regulate your horse's temperature as he works. As well as being fully breathable it also absorbs shock keeping your horse comfortable whatever work he's doing.
Back On Track saddle pad
This therapy pad has ceramic particles fused into the fibres of the fabric. this causes long wave infra-red heat to radiate back towards your horse's body, this increases blood circulation, which can ease tension and warm muscles.
You can never have too many saddle pads, right? Well, if you love your horse to be wearing the latest colours, you'll be pleased to hear there are two new limited edition ANKY pads available so you can top up your collection.
These great high-quality pads have a moisture wicking and breathable Coolmax lining, which is very comfortable for your horse. The soft filling keeps the saddle perfectly in place and provides an even pressure distribution. The silicone print on top of the pad contributes to a more stable saddle position as well.
The ANKY Saddle Pad 3D Dots print (top picture) is made of synthetic suede featuring metallic printed dots. You can choose from dressage or jumping. It's available in black or green.
Price £57.95 *
The ANKY Saddle Pad Powder Print (bottom picture) has a synthetic suede outer with a powder print for an elegant look. It's available for dressage and jumping in the colours cognac and sand.
Price £57.95 *
To find your nearest retailer visit www.anky-atc.com
* Prices correct at time of publishing
Your pair of stirrups don't just help you feel secure in the saddle, many modern and high-tech stirrups will help improve your leg position in the saddle. Some even support and ease joint pain too. Here's four pairs to consider if you're planning on buying new ones.
Stubben STEELtec Maxi stirrups
These smart and lightweight stirrups are made from aluminium alloy. They have a high arch for safety and large, slightly inclined pyramid tread for a secure grip and comfortable position.
Flex-On Balance stirrups
Ultra lightweight and strong, these moder looking stirrups have an offset and skewed stirrup-leather slot, as well as a carefully designed, inclined footbed to help you maintain a correct leg position with minimum effort. They also have elastomer shock absorbers for comfort, and small studs in the tread grip to hold your boot securely in the stirrup.
For further details and to order visit www.shadowhorse.co.uk
Tekna Flex-Tek stirrups
These sleek looking stirrups come with the option of two different foot treads (rubber or metal) which allows you to select which one is most comfortable for you while you're riding. they're lightweight and flexible to help ease aching joints and generally keep you comfortable whether your out for a long hack or schooling at home.
prenger bow Balance stirrups
A popular choice to help you maintain a secure position in the saddle, these stirrups feature Sprenger's System 4 technology. They cleverly stretch four ways to help reduce pressure on your knees and ankles. The bow shape also makes them easy to find - a simple touch of your foot on the stirrups and it turns onto your foot. They also have a wide rubber tread for security.
* Prices correct at time of publishing
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The area under the girth for some horses can be quite sensitive to pressure and discomfort. The new Back on Track Dressage Girth is lined with the Back on Track’s revolutionary Welltex fabric which is infused with ceramic particles. These ceramic particles cause long wave infra-red heat to radiate back towards the body. The body responds positively to the infra-red wave, increasing circulation, which can relieve joint tension, maximise performance and help avoid injury.
The Back on Track Dressage Girth features a clever buckle design at one end of the girth which looks for the hole in the strap when doing up the girth. The buckles are stainless steel which can be fixed or have elastic inserts to help reduce pressure and make tacking up easier. The curved shape of the girth reduces the width of material behind your horse’s elbows helping to prevent pinching.
The new Back on Track Dressage Girth is available in black and in sizes 22”, 24”, 26”, and 28”, fixed or elasticated ends. RRP £49.
These eye-catching pair of stirrups are avaialbe in a choice of 20 flags of the world, including the Union Flag. Made from aluminium they have a non-slip tread for extra security.
The Total Saddle Fit (TSF) Shoulder Relief Dressage Girth has an anatomical cut that helps you position your saddle well back from his shoulders so it doesn't interfere with his elbows. Its design allows your horse full range of movement without restriction while preventing your saddle from moving forward.
The girth has a soft, calf-skin under-padding that sits next to your horse's skin, as well as great flexibility for additional comfort. Double elastic panels on each stainless steel buckle also ensure the girth holds your saddle securely in place and is comfortable for your horse to wear.
Made from top-quality English leather with stainless steel buckles and D-ring for training accessories this dressage girth is available in black or nut brown and is price at £100 with free delivery to UK customers.
To order visit www.shadowhorse.co.uk
Buy a bespoke saddle from the Sue Carson Saddles range and you'll now have the added option to add a back cantle in any colour of leather for a gorgeous individual appearance.
All Sue Carson Saddles are handcrafted in the UK using only the very highest quality materials and each is individually measured and fitted to both your horse and you to ensure you can both perform to your best.
So will your choice be a patriotic red, white or blue, perhaps a deep, rich purple with swarovski crystals or sumptuous, opulent gold? With a range of dressage, jumping, show, pony or GP saddles and a rainbow of colours to choose from, your next saddle will not only be a perfect fit for you and your horse, it will look completely unique too.
New bespoke saddles are priced from £2700, which includes initial and final fittings. Contact the Sue Carson Saddles office to find out more and discuss your ideas on 01629 540343 or visit www.suecarsonsaddles.co.uk
This beautifully crafted collection of saddles is split into four ranges - dressage, showing, jumping and GP.
Within each range there are a number of models to choose from. For dressage lovers there's the Precision Mono, Precision Duel and Precision Mono Deluxe.
The showing range has five modern designs which are created to accentuate your horse or pony. Riders can choose from the Precision William, Precision William Cob, Precision Rebecca, Precision Samba and Precision Alex AP.
The Precision Range also has two show jumping saddles, the Precision Duel Jump and Precision Mono Jump as well as a specific working hunter saddle, the Precision WH, which has been designed to look good in the show ring as well as offer stability and comfort for both horse and rider.
The VSD and GP saddles finish up the new range with the Precision GPX, Precision VSD and Precision GP Cob for those wider, harder to fit animals.
The Precision Range features modern designs, whilst still embracing the true tradition and heritage of saddle making. As the name suggests these saddles have been thought about and developed with Precision.
With more focus being placed on the importance of a correctly fitting girth to ensure your horse is as comfortable as possible. There are a growing number of innovative girths designed to help your horse including the Equi-Soft girth from Stubben.
Quite different from other girths, this one has been designed to follow the contours of your horse’s body to keep him comfortable and eliminate the problem of pinching. The elastic rings in the middle of the girth distribute pressure evenly across your horse when fastened. This unique design also allows your horse to expand and contract his ribcage without restriction during exercise adding to his comfort. Testing of the girth showed all horses maintained a lower heart rate when wearing this girth.
It’s available in dressage or GP style, and the girth cover can be changed quickly and easily. You can choose from leather, neoprene or lambskin depending on what your horse prefers.
The clever design of the Rambo stirrup gives you a helping hand to get on board if there’s no mounting block. The clever drop down section of this stirrup makes mounting up a breeze without altering the length of your stirrup leathers.
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Features: Stainless steel stirrups with a system that allows the stirrup to pivot in four directions simultaneously. This softens the impact on the rider’s cartilage and ligaments, while relieving tension in the hips, knees, ankles and calves.
Sizes: 4 1/4in, 4 3/4in, 5 1/8in
Stockists: 01403 218880 or www.sprenger.de
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Features: Stainless steel stirrups with a removeable rubber tube that can release in the event of a fall, and a 5 deg backward incline to help maintain a ‘heels down’ foot position. The tread is ribbed, with an incline, and designed to interact with the SCS3 boots for improved grip (they were used with our tester’s own boots).
Sizes: 110mm, 120mm
Stockists: 01462 432596 or www.horsemasters.co.uk
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Features: The Wintec 500 All Purpose Saddle is crafted from tough abrasion resistant Equileather this saddle has the traditional appearance of a leather saddle. Ideal for everyday use, it requires no oiling or soaping and simply wipes clean.
The Easy Change Gullet System will allow the gullet size to be altered to suit your individual horse. The change can be made in a matter of minutes and will help to ensure your horse's comfort and improved performance. Separate Gullets Available (Product Code 31912) or Complete Kit (Product Code 31922)
Adjustable Flexibloc System allows the rider to individually tailor thigh and knee support for maximum comfort and performance.
Colour Options: Black and Brown
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Features: The Equilibrium Symmetry Lower Leg Straps have an inbuilt Safety Release System, which releases the restriction on the stirrup iron when excessive pressure is exerted.
They feature step by step fitting instructions and will withstand 10,000 peel openings and shearings, before they lose their ability to stick. They increase body awareness and promote muscle memory.