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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Save the Date: 3rd Saddle Research Trust International Conference


We are delighted to announce that the date and venue of the next conference have been confirmed: Saturday 8th December 2018 at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, NG7 2RJ, Nottingham, UK.


We hope that you will join us for the 3rd Saddle Research Trust International Conference, which promises to be the biggest and best yet. Building on the ground-breaking research and progress achieved since the inaugural conference in 2012, the latest research will be presented by world-renowned leading experts in their fields.


Tickets will go on sale later in 2017, with special early-bird offers and discounts for SRT members.


Click here for more information.

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.

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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