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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New Scholarship Award Announced


The Saddle Research Trust has announced the award of a new scholarship for 2017. The award will cover all fees to enable the successful candidate to attend the ''Principles of Saddle Fitting'' certification course to be held at Writtle College from 9-12th August 2017.


The course will be of benefit to equine health care professionals, saddle fitters, coaches, stable managers and riders.


The scholarship aim is to assist up and coming equine professionals upgrade their CVs with the addition of saddle fit evaluation skills.


For more details on the course and instructions on how to apply for the scholarship click here.

Principles of Saddle fitting: 4-day training course with Saddle Research Trust director, Anne Bondi BHSI.


UK: 9th to 12th August, 2017 at Writtle College, Chelmsford, Essex, UK. Click here for details.

Canada: 2nd - 5th November, 2017 at Kestrel Ridge Farms, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA. Click here for details.


Everything you ever wanted to know about saddle issues! This course will be of benefit to horse owners, riders, coaches, equine therapists, vets, saddle fitters and other equine industry professionals.


The course focuses on the three-element interaction of the horse, saddle and rider and discusses methods to identify causal factors when things go wrong. A mix of theory and practical sessions will cover a wide range of topics to provide an evidence-based approach to practice.

AHT expert urges riders not to saddle their horse with problems (SRT March 2017 Newsletter)


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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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