When we first met Terri and Ollie in February 2014 they were having a problem as Ollie, a 4 year old Traditional Cob had a very sore back and no topline, Terri had bought a number of saddles for Ollie but although she had them professionally fitted and bought then new none had worked to her satisfaction and definitely not long term.
This was interfering greatly with his training and he wasn’t very keen on being ridden and getting him to work softly in an outline was almost impossible which was not helping matters.Unfortunately the saddle he had been wearing no longer fitted him as like all youngsters was changing very quickly . Some people think you have to start a horse or pony in an old saddle and not by a well fitting saddle untill they are their finished shape, that however is not the case. Our saddles can be adjusted as your horse changes shape and grows up, we have lots of customers who bought their saddles for young horses just being started and years later they still have the same saddle. They also have not developed and damaged muscle or behaviours associated with back pain. If you want a saddle for a starter then you just need to be aware that you will need to see us more often. The results are well worth the extra time.
Since Terri purchased her Pony Saddle Company Tor things have improved for Terri and we have adjusted the tree a number of times to accommodate Ollie’s changing shape. Here’s what Terri has to say 9 months later.
“Thank you Dean and Gini for again! Getting Ollie comfortable and forwards going. As we went down the lane I decided I felt so secure we would just pop up the road, this was Ollie’s first time out with no friends or a walker by his side, he was so comfortable that he wanted to go even further! !!! You both know how many saddles I had tried yet none worked, thankfully I met you and at the time had nearly given up. I was wary as I had lost so much money to so called fitters who just couldn’t fit to him, Dean you looked at him and knew instantly what he needed, Gini you kept me calm when I was so upset and now I count you as friends who always have Ollie’s welfare in mind, I am amazed at how many changes he has gone through. From muscle wasteage to having an amazing topline today, I have no doubt that you have both worked miracles for me and my boy thank you so much xxxx. My cob will soon be out in competition and that is thanks to you both and your professional and friendly service with the best saddles and bridles.
xxx thank you again xx ”