Team GB Endurance Rider Bella Fricker talks about what influences her saddle choice and why it is so important to get a saddle fitted.
Let's talk saddles
So the question that comes up all the time, and I mean all the time is;
“I’m starting out in endurance, what saddle do I need?”
“Next season, I want to up the distance but I only ride in a GP.
What endurance saddle do you recommend?”
My answer is always, always - a saddle that fits!
Gwen the Orphan Foal - Lluest
At Thorowgood we want to be ‘Kind to Your Horse’ in more than just our design. We think it’s important to show some kindness to horses and ponies who’ve had a terrible time and are in desperate need of help. The story of Gwen the orphan foal touched our heart, so we’ve decided to support Lluest Horse & Pony Trust by covering the feeding, veterinary and rehabilitation costs of this brave little filly who was found trapped in the Welsh hills.
How to care for a Thorowgood Saddle
There are many reasons a Thorowgood saddle makes an excellent choice for a first-time horse owner, so it follows that not all our Thorowgood customer will know how to look after their new purchase. Fortunately, being easy to care for is just one benefit of our popular T8 and T4 models.
The importance of using a mounting block
Courtesy of Centaur Biomechanics, this slow-mo video shows a 5'4 petite lady mounting a horse from the ground. Watching this really makes you realise the strain our horses go through in their day to day lives, and little things like mounting from a block means this amount of time they experience the pressure on their back from mounting is shortened.
As well as changeable gullet bars and girth straps, Thorowgood saddles feature two reinforced flocking slots at the front and rear, allowing for quick adjustments within the panel.