Looking for a new saddle, but money is tight? Thinking eBay is a good place to start? Think again!
With eBay and the internet today providing such as easily accessible method to buy cheaper or second hand products, it may appear on the surface to be an ideal way to sell unwanted saddles or purchase a new one for a seemingly low price.
However a word of caution from The Society of Master Saddlers.
Says Hazel Morley of The SMS: “A saddle should be correctly fitted to each individual horse to ensure it is not only comfortable but also helps your horse or pony to perform at their best.
“You may know the size of saddle and the width fitting you need as well as having the basic knowledge on how a saddle should fit, but for something as important as a saddle, it is vital that you turn to the expertise of a professional Society of Master Saddlers’ Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter.”
Did you know all Society of Master Saddlers’ Registered Qualified Saddle Fitters must have a minimum of three years’ experience, so you can trust they know exactly what they are doing.
The Society of Master Saddlers is in place to safeguard the quality of work, service, training and qualifications of those who work in the saddlery trade from manufacturers and retailers through to individual craftspeople and saddle fitters.
Committed to providing the highest levels of welfare, safety and optimum performance of horses and their riders, the society works hard to maintain standards throughout the industry.
Adds Hazel: “Remember, a cheap saddle off the internet that may look like an attractive offer in the first instance can easily in the long run become expensive, when it doesn’t quite fit correctly or your horse gets sore and in pain.
“Always call out your local SMS Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter, who will be happy to give advice and guidance and when possible will repair your existing saddle, not demand you need a new one.”
To find your local saddle fitter and for more information visit www.mastersaddlers.co.uk or contact The Society of Master Saddlers on 01449 711642.