Recommended Accessories

Correctly fitted saddle accessories are essential - they can be the difference between a SMART™ saddle fitting and working for a horse and rider combination or not. All of our recommended saddle accessories have been tried and tested; Solution Saddles know that they perform well with SMART™ saddles.

SMART Essentials, such as SMART™ saddle cloths, balance pads and knee blocks, as well as recommended girths and stirrup leathers are available to purchase via our online shop or by calling the office. That’s not all – we also sell SMART Extras, such as SMART X-over breastgirths, tack cleaning packs, saddle storage products and more!

Accessories

Recommended Saddle cloths

The correct choice of saddle cloth is essential to ensure optimum saddle performance and horse comfort. We recommend our high wither saddle cloths made exclusively for Solution Saddles by leading UK based saddle cloth manufacturers, Griffin Nuumed. The shaped back, low profile seams and high quality cotton quilt reduces the risk of rubbing by eliminating bulk and does not interfere with the fit or balance of the saddle.

Accessories

With all of the advantages of our essential SMART™ saddle cloths, the 2016 SMART™ PRO saddle cloth design has additional features to help keep the cloth in securely in place under your saddle.

Accessories
SMART™ PRO saddle cloth
  • Velcro wings along the top seam to secure
    the pad up into the saddle gullet
  • Lower knee D-tabs on GP and Jump cloths
  • Individual girth strap slots

The SMART Balance Pad system

The SMART™ saddle system is designed to be used with SMART™ balance pads where the horse’s back shape or conformation requires it; some well-muscled horses or those with a round back shape may not require any balancers, but those with a prominent spine or muscle wastage may require some additional support for correct fit and balance.

The SMART™ balance pads are lightweight, soft and flexible. Designed to support the base panels of the saddle and give lift where the horse’s conformation requires it. The eco-friendly, non-slip mesh on the top side provides an extra secure fit. The Velcro backing allows for accurate placement for individual horses when used with a SMART™ saddle cloth.

SMART™ balance pads can be used alone or in conjunction with SMART™ Shims to provide support for the horse where needed. SMART™ Shims can also be used for rider balance depending on the horses’ conformation.

All SMART™ Balance Pads are available in full thickness or slimline, for a more subtle lift.

Recommended Girths

The fit of the girth is as important as any other item of your essential kit. Short (dressage style) girths should buckle as close to the bottom of the saddle flap as possible; this increases comfort for the horse, as the buckle does not lie behind the elbow or close to the costochondral (rib) joints. Rider comfort is also improved by removing the buckle from under the leg, allowing better contact, as well as making it easier for the rider to reach the buckle for adjustment whilst mounted.

Solution Saddles recommends the Professional's Choice VenTECH™ non-slip girth. The VenTECH™ technology features a ventilated limestone-based, non-slip neoprene liner that conforms to your horse, allows heat and moisture to escape and keeps your horse cool, comfortable and performing at its best, for superior quality and comfort. The detachable neoprene liner peels away from webbing for easy washing.

VenTECH girth
Features:
  • NEW ventilated waffle-patterned, non-slip neoprene holds saddles in place without over-tightening.
  • Heavy-duty, reinforced stainless steel roller buckle are secure, long lasting & won’t rust.
  • Heavy-duty webbing with reinforced nylon stitching ensures durability.
  • Limestone-based neoprene won’t harbour bacteria and peels away for easy cleaning.

To see a full list of our recommended girths click here.

The SMART™ knee block system

SMART™ knee blocks are lightweight, soft and flexible. They are easily fastened and held in place with full Velcro backing. Personal preference informs the choice of block style and position.

Adjustable
Adjustable

The SMART™ saddle design incorporates large Velcro panels for fitting and adjusting SMART™ knee and thigh blocks.

Easy fit
Easy fit

Lightweight, soft and flexible,  the SMART™ blocks are easily fastened and held in place.

Choice
Choice

Personal preference informs the choice of SMART™ knee block style and position.

Customise
Customise

SMART™ knee and thigh blocks can be angled according to the stirrup length and leg shape of individual riders.

Recommended Stirrups & Leathers

Royal Rider Flexi Stirrup

The design of the Royal Rider Flexi stirrup provides the advantages of shock absorption for joint relief throughout the rider’s back and legs. The wider foot base reduces ankle and leg fatigue and the ultra-lightweight stirrups complement the lightweight SMART™ saddles.

Constructed from highest grade polymer composite which is extremely tough and hardwearing, Royal Rider Flexi stirrups are supplied with interchangeable black rubber or stainless steel "cheese grater" foot pads.  The angled tread encourages the stirrup to stay with the rider’s foot through changing positions and forces, giving unequalled security.

Bates Webbers

Revolutionary Bates Webbers, made without buckles to reduce the lump under the rider's thigh and provide closer contact to the horse. The single thickness under the rider's leg removes excess bulk and interference.

Webbing core ensures that leathers do not stretch and cause unevenness, and holes do not split and tear. Exceptionally strong with soft hide covering to give a luxury finish. The side covered in soft hide can be placed next to the saddle flap helping to avoid scuffing of the saddle flap.

SMART™ X-over Breastgirth

For complete comfort and total shoulder freedom, the unique SMART™ X-over Breastgirth design flexes evenly with the movement of the horse to provide ultimate security. Recommended for all jumping activities to eliminate pressure points, rubbing and restricted movement.

The SMART™ X-over breastgirth is securely attached to the saddle on five points - the lower strap is conveniently clipped to knee D rings on the saddle for most effective use. All SMART™ GP and Jump saddle models are fitted with knee D rings, these can be retro fitted to any of our other models on request.

X-over breastgirth
Unique features ensure security and stability:
  • Four cross-over fully elasticated straps allowing unrestricted movement of the shoulder and neck area.
  • Fully adjustable leather straps to ensure a perfect fit for all horses.
  • Clips to easily attach the straps to D rings.
  • Secure leather girth strap prevents the girth sliding back.
  • Centre ring supported by padded leather for martingale attachment if required.

A breastgirth is always advisable as a safety precaution when jumping – whatever the type of saddle used and whatever shape of the horse.

Bee Natural Leather Cleaner & Conditioner

Solution Saddles only recommended all in one leather-care product for use on Solution and SMART™ saddles.

It is vital to maintain the condition of your saddle in order to optimise performance and increase its longevity. Leather is a natural material and needs to be protected from drying out and cracking. Bee Natural Leather Cleaner & Conditioner will keep your saddle in peak condition and protect it from the elements.

Bee Natural

Bee Natural works by coating each leather fibre with a blend of the finest leather oils and waxes which also aid in resisting dirt. When your saddle is new, use Bee Natural generously to soften the firm leather, helping it to become soft, supple and comfortable to use. On the seat and base panels where soft hide is used, apply Bee Natural sparingly, and only sufficient to remove any dirt before buffing to a shine. Continued routine use will maintain suppleness and appearance.

If your saddle gets wet, apply Bee Natural straight away, allow to dry in a well aired, warm dry room. Once completely dry, reapply until the leather returns to a supple texture and buff the sheen back to the surface.

Visit Solution Saddles online shop to see our full range of SMART Essentials and SMART Extras to make your saddle fitting, training and life around the yard easier.

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