Rachael Brown (EBW) has been involved with horses for 29 yrs having started on ponies at the age of 6. She is a qualified Equine Body Worker (Equine Sports Massage Therapist).
It was as a result of a sacroiliac injury to her horse Wals that lead her to the Solution saddles. For a number of years she had not been truly happy with any of the saddles that had been fitted to him (of which there were many!) and as a result his back had been slowly atrophying over a period of 3 years and eventually he went lame behind. Before Wals had been diagnosed Rachael had already decided to go down the treeless route and purchased an Energist saddle unfortunately due to treatment it would be a further 4 months before he could be ridden but they haven’t looked back since.
Wals is a Welsh cob x Thoroughbred and apart from the atrophy has large wide shoulders and a very small area to fit a saddle – not a problem for Solution saddles!!! His dressage marks have gone from 5’s & 6’s to 7’s & 8’s since investing his Solution saddles.
Rachael also jointly owns a Welsh D with her sister and he loves the Solution saddle too. Previously he would buck and be generally unhappy in his saddle. Before Solution saddles, there was no way he could carry a forward cut treed saddle due to his very wide, no withered, short backed welsh cob conformation, but he his very happy in his Solution Jumper.
When Rachael visits horses for a massage session she says that a very large proportion of their problems relate to the saddles they are being ridden in.
As an agent for Solution Saddles and a massage therapist Rachael hopes that more horses in the world will become happy and comfortable in whatever they do whether it is anything from hacking to eventing.
"When choosing a saddle, do your homework - talk to the saddle manufacturer and designer ... if you can’t, don’t buy. You must know how whatever you strap onto the horse’s back will behave on the horse’s back."
Anne Bondi BHSI, SMART Saddle Designer