Nov
19

Tips for Selling a Used Saddle

At AH Saddles we run a group on Facebook for selling specialist cob, native and other wide/flat types of saddles and we see some fairly shocking ads!  If you get it wrong then it might even mean you can't sell your saddle, or will get less money for it.  Get it right (including pricing it realistically!) and you'll likely sell it more quickly and often for a better price.I'm going to focus on what photos to take and include, pricing is a fine art but a broad piece of advice is to go to half the price you paid or, if you're really lucky, the current price, and go down from there if your saddle is older than 2 years or so, or if it has significant wear or tear.&nb...
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Sep
27

Emma Sayer and her day shadowing Steph

Since a teenager I have always had an interest in how a saddle should fit correctly. I have been very lucky and have met some wonderful instructors who taught me very good basics of saddle fitting at pony club for all my tests. I have always been a bit of a stickler for making sure my saddles fitted as well as they could do and hope that I know enough to make small adjustments for when changes occur in between saddle fittings. When I first met Steph Bloom I was amazed at how easily she could see something so small in a fitting of a saddle that would make a big difference in the way a horse would go. Over the summer I was lucky enough to spend a day with Steph out saddle fitting in our l...
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Aug
08

Back Profile and Tree Selection – Part 2 – Horses with low or no withers

Hopefully you found part one on horses with withers useful, now let's get onto a bit more of a specialist topic for me, flatter backs and mutton withers!If you read the last post you'll already have an idea of what we're looking at here – lower pommels and flatter seats.And you'd mostly be right but I'll add in a little caveat later.So let's look at some flatter backed horses, and some suitable saddles.First we have Fiona Gunn's Connemara.Her pony is a classic shaped Connemara, a low wither to a pretty flat back, not totally straight as some can be (Icelandics and others can have "ruler-straight" backs).Here are the landmarks we looked at last time, though often harder to see in round ponies...
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Jul
18

Back Profile and Tree Selection – Part 1 – Horses with withers

Thanks everyone for your input on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, I'm making a start on your suggestions for blog topics, here is I'll start by looking at tree selection for particular back profiles.Now, I'm a different kind of saddle fitter as most of you know, I fit for wider horses, that generally have less wither.  However, I can talk in general terms about back shapes for more "average" shaped horses and the principals that will guide tree selection.I do fit for some horses that are "only" a wide fit and have a bit more wither and we'll be looking at those.The first caveat to this discussion is that the side-on back profile really has bearing on only ONE aspect of tree shape b...
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Jun
01

My brand ambassador Emma Sayer and how she juggles work and horses

I hope you have enjoyed reading my posts and getting to know me and my horses. As Steph mentioned previously I have a full time job and a few horses so I thought I would let you know how I juggle my days to get the most out of my day and try to get everything done.Normally my day will start early during the winter months to go get the horses out into their paddocks and mucked out ready for bringing in later the same evening before heading home to get ready for work. I am incredibly lucky that I have a very supportive family and mum brings all that are at home in and sorted for the night. Occasionally I will make it back in time to help. In January I moved Marty to a local livery yard so afte...
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Jun
01

My brand ambassador Emma’s horsey history

I have been very lucky to have had horses in my life since day one. My grandparents owned a farmhouse with a few acres of land and for me, this is where it all started. Even when I was really young, after school and at the weekends I went to the yard to help Mum with her horses, although I was probably more of a hindrance than a help at that age! I would often jump on board Mum's horse if she went for a ride or the retired ponies would be tacked up to go for a short walk, however, we always used to fight for the favourite, Tarquin, who was a 14.2 palomino gelding and was an absolute saint! He was our favourite because we could walk along the track off the lead rein, however we never got far ...
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Jun
01

How my new brand ambassador, Emma Sayer, found me

When Steph approached me to be a brand ambassador a while back I was over the moon, never did I think I would get an opportunity like this. We all like the idea of a bit of sponsorship but it's so hard to get it!I have known Steph for approaching two years and in this time she has been incredibly helpful and is out at my yard religiously every three months so we can keep a close eye on saddle fit. I first contacted Steph when I was finding it hard to find a saddle for my Welsh Section D two years ago. I met Steph at Equifest where she was single-handedly running her trade stand on behalf of AH Saddles. Here she ran me through how her saddles were designed and which would be most suited to my...
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Jun
01

Meet Emma Sayer, my new brand ambassador!

 I'm delighted to announce I've just been selected as Steph Bloom Saddle Fitter's brand ambassador.I'm a full-time primary school teacher juggling three horses and Steph has been brilliant in helping me find and fit a selection of used saddles to my clan.I was lucky enough to spend a week with a saddle fitter when I was at school and have been fascinated by it ever since. Even when I was that young I could see how important a well-fitted saddle was to every horse, but especially youngsters, so I was really pleased to meet Steph, a specialist in fitting wider horses and natives. She's been able to advise me on purchasing the right used saddles so that I can keep up with their ever-changi...
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Jun
01

Checking your own saddle

Knowing how your saddle should fit, and when to call the fitter, can save your horse discomfort and ultimately save you money in extra physio or other therapy bills.It can be easy to nip problems in the bud when you know what you're looking for.This is the first in a series of three articles I'll be writing on how to keep an eye on your saddle.It is NOT a substitute for having professional checks regularly.For horses with issues this can sometimes mean checks 4 times a year, for horses without problems then having your saddle checked every six months is advised.However horses don't change shape on schedule, equally if a tiny flocking adjustment was the difference between a good and a bad fit...
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Recent Blogs

19 November 2019
Saddle Fitting
At AH Saddles we run a group on Facebook for selling specialist cob, native and other wide/flat types of saddles and we see some fairly shocking ads!  If you get it wrong then it might even mean you can't sell your saddle, or will get less ...
27 September 2019
Saddle Fitting
Since a teenager I have always had an interest in how a saddle should fit correctly. I have been very lucky and have met some wonderful instructors who taught me very good basics of saddle fitting at pony club for all my tests. I have always been a b...
08 August 2019
Saddle Fitting
Hopefully you found part one on horses with withers useful, now let's get onto a bit more of a specialist topic for me, flatter backs and mutton withers!If you read the last post you'll already have an idea of what we're looking at here – lower pomme...
18 July 2019
Saddle Fitting
Thanks everyone for your input on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, I'm making a start on your suggestions for blog topics, here is I'll start by looking at tree selection for particular back profiles.Now, I'm a different kind of saddle fitter as most ...