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After years of experiencing saddle related problems and experimenting with a wide range of expensive saddles with different flocking on many horses, it was found that although some of the problems could be alleviated, they were not solved.
Two examples of problems that lead to saddle fit issues are:
A significant amount of study and scientific research has since been carried out and Smart Saddles Managing Director & SMART™ Saddle designer, Anne Bondi BHSI, a highly successful rider and trainer in dressage and eventing, believes that the natural progression to the RigidFree™ concept is the biggest step forward in horse welfare in her lifetime.
What causes the problems?
a) The tree points
b) The stirrup bars.
c) Scapula push - a. Causing torque b. Causing rolling c. Causing sliding
Badly fitting saddles can lead to...
One gets used to a wide range of routine problems encountered in the training and development of the horse under saddle. Indeed, many experienced riders who do not believe that their horse is experiencing saddle issues at all, have been surprised at the improvements to performance that working in a RigidFree saddle have demonstrated.
How a RigidFree SMART™ Saddles can help
The revolutionary SMART™ saddle system has absolutely no rigid parts to cause injury to the horse and the fully flexible design allows the saddle to accommodate horses that are difficult to fit, have existing saddle or performance related problems, give young horses a good start or give older horses a new lease of life.
Benefits of a SMART™ Saddle:
“I have ridden in the SMART™ saddles for more than 5 years now. After trying the latest range of SMART™ saddles on all of my horses I was really impressed. One of the event horses felt as though his good jump became even better and our retrained ex-racehorse felt so much more uphill in the SMART Pro dressage saddle. Another of the horses’ paces, particularly canter, felt really good, so I now can't wait to get him eventing again. He has improved so much since I started riding him in the SMART RigidFree dressage saddles, so I am very excited about the season ahead with a SMART Pro Jump saddle!!”
Andrew Bennie, Olympian, BE Accredited Coach,
BHSI, List 1 BD judge and FEI Eventing 4* and Olympic judge.
“I am very much enjoying riding in my new SMART Pro saddle.”
Simon Grieve, 4* Event rider.
“It has been my experience that some horses with back pain benefit tremendously by the use of a SMART RigidFree saddle.”
Dr Sue Dyson MA VetMB DEO PhD FRCVS, Animal Health Trust.