Through extensive research gained in remedial saddle fitting, an understanding of the bio-mechanics of horses and how a healthy equine body should be when muscles are correctly developed and not atrophied.
We believe passionately that every ridden horse is entitled to be comfortable and happy in its saddle, and that a well designed and sympathetically fitted saddle should be available to every horse and rider.
The focus of my business is on educating owners about a more sympathetic approach to saddling. What I am most passionate about is the fitting METHOD I employ. I am happy to work with ANY appropriate saddle of any brand, and to fit this, according to the LM Saddles fitting principles. My help as a saddler is not conditional of your purchase of a saddle from myself or of any of the brands I recommend or stock. It is however on the understanding that regardless of the brand of your chosen saddle, I will only fit this saddle holistically, according to the principles in which I believe offer maximum comfort and freedom of movement for your horse. I feel that for me to compromise on these principles, would be for me to compromise your horse.
“This wither tracing is an example of a group of horses that have been used in a dissertation to show the change in muscle bulk in the back of a horse when exercised.
The experiment was carried out over three days:
Day 1 – Lunged on both reins with no saddle
Day 2 – Lunged on both reins wearing current saddle and numnah
Day 3 – Lunged on both reins wearing LM Saddle and Shim pad
Each exercise period was preceded by a back measurement of the static horse (posture at rest) and the lifted back of the static horse (posture when the horse’s abdominal are engaged I.e. During “belly lift”). You can clearly see how after exercise with no saddle there is a small increase in the muscle, but not as much as when exercised in the wider fitting (LM) saddle and shim system. What shows very clearly is the compression of the back muscles when the horse is wearing its own (statically fitted) saddle.
This perfectly illustrates how a horse with muscle atrophy will remain the same when its saddle is fitted to its existing shape, and how that muscle can develop and recover when a remedial fitting process is used.”
All horses have a natural laterality and will be left or right side dominant. For some horses, unnatural patterns of movement, poor muscle development and unusual postures exist. The cause may have been accident, illness, poor training methods and ill fitting saddles. Sometimes the horse is capable of sorting the problems out as soon as the saddle has been changed or refitted. However, some will benefit from the additional support of a vet, chiropractor, osteopath, Bowen therapist, Massage therapist or other Equine Body work. If appropriate, we will discuss this with you during the consultation.
It is important that the shape and size of your saddle is correct and comfortable for you, too. Because of the influence that we as riders have upon our horses it is also very important to take the rider(s) into account. We find that it can often be very helpful to discuss any rider bio-mechanic issues that may arise during your consultation, or offer an instructional session to resolve these issues.
Full assessment, up to two hours, including ridden assessment
Flocking extra from £10 to £35
As above but minimum 4 people
Owner must be present unless pre arranged