BOOKING YOUR SADDLE FITTING
Our SOCIETY OF MASTER SADDLERS U.K LTD qualified saddle fitter is available for call outs within our local area. If you would like to arrange a fitting please call in or telephone the shop a member of staff will be able to advise you if she visits your area and the availability of a appointment (please remember that at peak times of the year there may be a wait.)
CALL OUT CHARGES
Please telephone the shop to find out what the call out to your area would be. The call out fee is payable on the day and is charged even if no alteration is required or no saddle is purchased.
Remember some horse's may change shape within a short amount of time. If the saddler needs to be called out again due to a horse changing shape it will be charged at standard call out charge.
INFORMATION NEEDED BY A SADDLE FITTER
When booking your saddle fitting please allow a small amount of time for us to fill in a booking form. If you are booking a fit for a new saddle there will be some extra questions about the horse and rider this is so the saddle fitter can bring a selection of saddles that are likely to be suitable.
-Horses; Name, Age, Breeding/Type, Age and Height
-The Riders; Height, Weight and Age.
-Other Riders (compromise may be required)
OUR SADDLE FITTER WILL ENDEAVOUR TO BRING THE BEST POSSIBLE SELECTION OF SADDLES ACCORDING TO THE INORMATION SUPPLIED. WE CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR INCORRECT INFORMATION GIVEN WHEN BOOKING THE APPOINTMENT
THE FACILITIES THAT WILL BE NEEDED FOR A FITTING
The horse should to be fitted should be clean and groomed but please don't apply show sheen or coat conditioner as these may cause the saddle to slip.
A FLAT SUITABLE SURFACE WHERE A HORSE CAN BE EXAMINED AND RUN-UP IN HAND
The saddle fitter needs to be able to identify (not diagnose) problems that may effect the fit of the saddle. The saddle fitter will examine the horses back and see the horse run up and down in hand. For this she will need a hard flat surface.
ARENA, SCHOOL OR AREA WHERE THE HORSE CAN BE RIDDEN
Our saddle fitter will need to see the horse ridden in each of the saddles being checked or short listed for purchase. This is a very important part of the fitting, if you need to arrange to use an arena or school please bear this in mind and make sure you book a good amount of time as you may need to try several saddles,
SHOW JUMPS AND CROSS COUNTRY FENCES
When the saddle is to be used sole or in part for jumping the saddle fitter will want to see the horse ridden over a few jumps. Please make certain these are ready and placed in position.
MAKE SURE THE PERSON WHO WILL BE RIDDING IN THE SADDLE IS PRESENT
This may seem very obvious but it isn't unknown for the rider to have to go off to school or work thinking they are not needed! When a horse is 'shared' it is best if both riders can be present. (The saddlers priorities will be the horse followed by the larger rider.)
BE SUITABLY DRESSED AND READY ON TIME
Riding in jeans and trainers isn't either comfortable or safe. The rider should be correctly dressed in jodhpurs, boots and a BSI riding hat (done up).
NUMNAH OR PAD
The Society Of Master generally advises that a well fitting saddle does not require a addition of a numnah or pad though most riders prefer to use a thin correctly fitting one to protect the saddle. There will of course always be exceptions that demand the use of a more padded numnah. If you intend to use anything more than a thin numnah it is important to have a example to hand because the saddle fitter must make an allowance for it under the saddle. Adding it after or changing the type could cause problems. (Please make sure numnahs and saddle pads are clean.)
STIRRUP LEATHERS, IRONS AND GIRTH
Although the saddle fitter carries a selection of the above for use when fitting, it is a good idea for you to have yours clean and available. Make sure all are well cleaned as we do not want to mark or dirty the new saddle. If you would like to purchase any of the above please let us know at time before the fitting as the saddle fitter will then bring a selection from the shop.
Please make sure the horse is ready for the saddler to access, it has occasionally happened that a horse difficult to catch is still in the field!
We allow a generous trial period of 7 days in this time make sure you "Test Ride" the saddle properly using only clean breeches or jods, boots, numnahs, stirrup leathers, irons and girths in good condition (no rusty buckles) and follow these recommendations:
Do try the saddle in the way it is intended for i.e.
Make sure you have access to jumps for a jumping saddle.
Work the horse/pony in a suitable area or arena if intended for dressage.
Please inform us if you are not entirely happy with your choice within this time. If you return the saddle in an as new supplied condition during this period we will refund the saddle less the normal mileage and call out charges for your area. Excessive soiling or damage will affect the refund amount we are able to give.
How often you have your saddle checked depends on many factors including the fitness and condition of your horse. Some horses remain quite consistent whereas others can lose or gain a whole tree width size in a matter of weeks.
We will advise on how to monitor your horse's size and condition so that you will be able to observe any changes that might require your saddle to be adjusted or refitted before problems occur.
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