Fancy yourself handy with an industrial sewing machine? Creative? Think you could design a better saddle – more comfortable, a better fit to the horse or with something that would make it a cut above the rest? Perhaps you need to get into saddlery. If you’re situated in UK, it seems that you’re in the right place to chase up the advice of those already experienced in the field. If you’re in Oz, you might wanna consider traveling!
With so many disciplines, you may be interested in focusing on one type of saddle in particular or covering a range. Dressage, show jumping, general purpose, side saddle, western, endurance or perhaps stock saddles. While in South Africa we rode in a type of trail saddle with a rather high pommel, deep seat and high cantle. They were extremely comfortable for long rides with lots of trotting or cantering but definitely not something I’d seen on trail in Australia. Generally on a trail ride we’re in a stock saddle. I am very much a fan of the saddle pictured, however.
http://www.mastersaddlers.co.uk/ – Master saddlers across the UK.
http://www.calcuttandsons.co.uk/ – where a well established saddler in Australia did his apprenticeship, gaining experience before setting up his own business.
“The rhythm of the ride carried them on and on, and she knew that the horse was as eager as she, as much in love with the speed and air and freedom” – Georgess McHargue