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The SMART start for young showjumper

Sara Bagshawe 2020

“Having bought a just-backed 4 year-old Connemara as a prospective show jumping pony, we were in need of a new saddle. With lots of growing to do, it was suggested that we should initially buy a cheap saddle. This seemed crazy to me, as when a young horse has weak back muscles, this is obviously the time that a perfectly fitting saddle is critical. I was at a loss at what to do, as I didn’t want to buy an expensive saddle that might need to be replaced in 6 months time.

Luckily, we were offered a Solution Original Jumping saddle to borrow as a stop-gap. Initially my daughter was a bit skeptical that a flexible saddle would offer anything like the support and performance she needed from a jumping saddle, however, she was quickly converted and so we decided to invest in a new SMART Jump saddle. That was a few weeks ago and already we can see healthy back muscle starting to develop and my daughter reports that not only does her pony move freely beneath her, but the saddle feels extremely secure and is even more comfy to ride/jump in than the borrowed saddle.

With no fixed tree, it’s great to know that this saddle will continue to accommodate our pony’s growth and changes in shape and will hopefully give him the best start to a successful show jumping career – watch this space!

I should also mention that the customer care and support from SMART Saddles is exceptional; nothing ever seems to be too much trouble. Well done SMART Saddles – great product, great service!"

~ Sara Bagshawe, Oxfordshire