Our ever-growing network of SMART Saddle Advisors are available for Home Consultation Visits. Whether you would like an initial fitting to test ride a new SMART saddle for you and your horse or to arrange a SMART saddle fitting review, one of our specially trained Approved Advisors will be happy to help.
Following a Home Consultation, your Approved Advisor will be in an informed position to continue to work with you and provide valuable on-going saddle fitting support and advice.
In the same way that you would schedule routine checks from a saddler for a traditional saddle, we strongly recommend that you have regular saddle reviews from a Technical or Approved SMART Saddles Advisor to ensure optimum performance of your SMART saddle, particularly through periods of change in the horses’ work, growth or rehabilitation. Whilst the SMART Saddle System is a different concept to traditional saddle fitting, following guidance, it is easy for even the novice rider or horse owner to learn to understand and utilise with confidence.
To book your test ride:
Please Contact us with details of your horse and type of SMART saddle you would like to test ride and we will put you in contact with your nearest Approved Advisor to arrange a Home Consultation Visit at a mutually convenient time.
If you live outside the UK or in a region that we are unable to cover with an Approved Advisor, we can offer remote fitting advice by phone and email.
Further details on our Test Ride and SMART Saddle Rental service can be found here.
Our longest-serving and most experienced agents. Skilled industry professionals, fully up to date with their training in fitting the full range of SMART saddles and accessories. Many of our Technical Advisors arrange area visits throughout the UK, so please get in touch, even if it looks like there isn’t anyone to help in your area.
Ann Marie Marek
Trained and experienced representatives with exceptional standards and equestrian knowledge. Approved Advisors’ have backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines or specialist areas, such as: qualified riding instructors, trainers, riders, saddle fitters and therapists. Once approved, all AA’s must continue to attend annual training in order to remain approved in fitting SMART Saddles to this level.
Dan Hammond BHSI
SMART Saddles Agents extend to a network of Referral Agents, Professional Riders, Ambassadors, Consultants and Trainers, all of whom have experience and are happy to show and discuss their own SMART saddles. Including but not limited to:
FBHS – Training Consultant
Olympian, BE Accredited Coach, BHSI, List 1 BD judge, FEI Eventing 4* and Olympic judge.
Young Event Rider
3* Event Horse – with Rider, Simon Grieve
If you would like to find out more about joining the Solution Saddles team, click here.
"I have ridden in a SMART™ saddle since 2003. Every horse, without exception, has performed better than in a traditional saddle. I believe that if we wish to ride horses, we have a moral duty to make them as comfortable as possible, not only to achieve the best performance from them but also to promote their general wellbeing. SMART™ saddles make this possible."
Daniel Hammond BHSI, International Dressage Trainer
“Riding many different horses (some short term for backing, some longer term for competition), I was finding it difficult and expensive to make sure each horse had a saddle that fitted well. SMART™ saddles proved to be the solution and I haven’t looked back since.”
Karen Redfearn BHSII
“Philippe Karls’s unique way of riding has at heart the horse’s psychology and biomechanics, encouraging riders to enable the horse to use his true rhythm and balance. While he insists on no artificial training aids, he stresses the importance of a well fitting saddle. The SMART™ saddle perfectly complements my training as it moves with the horse’s back and allows its ribcage to lift underneath me, while allowing me the comfort and stability I need for the high school movements. Cost efficiency is a big issue for me, in the long term this saddle will definitely save me money – it is perfectly designed to conform to each horse’s back, meaning that as they change shape (as they do from week to week) the saddle adapts too– it is very easy to fit once you understand the balance pad system.”
Catherine Marshall, Instructor of Philippe Karl's school of Légèreté
"Focusing on the holistic well-being of horses and their riders and the outstanding results that riders are able to achieve with SMART™ saddles s truly rewarding."
Alex Jakob-Whitworth, MA, MIPTI, EThPK, Equine Massage Therapist and Artist
"As a rider, a trainer of horses, and a teacher of riders, SMART™ saddles have made my daily life easier, saved me hours of time trying to find saddles that ”fit” and enabled me to develop the training of many individual horses and riders way beyond their expectations."
Tim Downes FBHS
"As an ambitious and competitive BE rider, I worked my way through many and varied saddle fittings, which proved to be unsuccessful, before finding the SMART™ saddles for my Event mare. I understand the importance of taking the holistic approach to competition horse health, since having to treat chronic ulcers and complicated musculo-skeletal problems which contributed to foot balance issues as a result of ill-fitting saddles."
“I found Solution Saddles in 2006 when I had three very different sized horses who all needed saddle; Solution Saddles allowed one saddle to fit all three horses. I regularly see behaviour and physical problems with horses which can be tracked back to poor saddle fit. The flexible saddle system has allowed me to demonstrate to owners how much their current saddle is contributing to the poor performance or behaviour of their horse. I really appreciate how much freedom my Solution Saddle gives my horses and when their shape fluctuates through the year it is so easy to accommodate these shape changes with small adjustments to the fitting.”
Ann Marie Marek, trainer for Intelligent Horsemanship and an accredited Ride with your Mind Coach