The Saddle Research Trust, a charitable organisation, has been established to scientifically and objectively lead and support research into the influence of saddles on the performance of horses and riders.


Equine back problems are often attributable to saddles, yet the design and function of saddles has been little researched.


Back and saddle issues are major factors associated with loss of performance, injury and welfare.


Through a variety of education programmes designed to raise awareness and disseminate knowledge globally, the trust aims to provide support and advice both to the horse owning public and industry professionals.


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Saddle Research Trust 3rd International Conference - Live Streaming


If you didn’t manage to get a ticket for the conference, don’t be dismayed:- The Saddle Research Trust 3rd International conference will be available for live streaming for the first time!


We’re delighted to be able to provide this, thanks to our generous sponsors. It means we can ensure that the key messages and learning from our wonderful panel of speakers are accessible to everyone who is interested in the Welfare and Performance of the ridden horse.


The live stream will be tv quality and will include some fascinating interviews and reports during the intervals with some of our special guests.


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There is still time to book your Gala Awards Dinner ticket and just a few days remaining to vote for your choices to win a prestigious Welfare and Performance Award!


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SRT referral scheme to help horse owners combat saddle related problems


To support the need for an independent, expert advice service, the SRT has a referral scheme to assist horse owners in reaching a definitive reason for saddle related problems.


Having been in operation for some time now, we have have added a testimonial section to the scheme webpage so that you can read stories of how the scheme has made an impact on horse owners.


The referral scheme is exclusive to SRT Members and Friends of the SRT (click here for more information on membership). The case will be assessed by the SRT and if deemed suitable, referred to the SRT Veterinary Advisor who will carry out an independent examination of the horse, saddle and rider. A written report will be provided for the owner and their associated professional practitioners (veterinary surgeon, physiotherapist, saddle fitter etc).


Click here for more details on the scheme, instructions on how to apply and to read the testimonials.

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