The chestnut is Rivergold Luzelka (Lewie) a 6yr old chestnut gelding Part Bred Arab 87%, who we brought in October last year. When we got him he had serious back issues that we were un aware of, as the previous owner had used a badly fitted synthetic saddle to break him. We had Issues when being mounted & when asked to walk forward he acted cold backed & was reluctant to move. On one occasion he reared due to the pain !! We later found he had two vertebrae that were very badly imflammed & missalined which he showed great pain with when being treated.
With back treatment, correct schooling & with the Solution Energist & gulleted Jumper Lewie is fighting fit & has competed 3 times this season at affiliated level & is always in the rossettes. We have had no mounting issues or rearing since & as you can see he's starting to work lovely for a young horse who has had such a painful start.
Kaisaab the grey pure bred is a 5yr old who I backed & lightly worked from 3 1/2 yrs old he has always been ridden since the start in my Solution treeless saddle. These photos are of him after being in work only 8 wks as you can see we need to work on him alittle more but were getting there.
I own 14 horses from 12.2 hh - 15.2 hh & have 7 in regular hard work, this saddle is well used & fits them all for hacking schooling jumping hunting & affiliated showing.
"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