One of Albion's most popular models. Made from quality materials, with a comfortable seat and leg position. Some adjustability in the tree and bespoke options available.
Welcome to the website of Southdown Saddlery, based in Chillerton, on the Isle of Wight.
My name is Katie Jones and I am a Society of Master Saddlers qualified saddler and saddle fitter, offering quality repairs, adjustments and bespoke work for all kinds of items ; even those non saddlery related! I also run a saddle fitting service , with meetings by appointment on the following number : 07741404837.
Stockist of the following brands of saddles and accessories: Fairfax, Kent and Masters, Thorowgood, Prolite, The saddle Company, Bates, Arena, Cavaletti, Wintec, and Albion.
Having a correctly fitting saddle is vital to enable the horse to perform to the best of its ability and to have a long working life . No matter what activities you are doing, from olympic dressage, down to pleasure riding, the principles are same.
A saddle should be the right size and shape for the horse, and enable it to carry the riders weight evenly and freely. For the riders perspective, it should help them in whatever disciplines they are doing ( from a specialist jump, dressage etc to a general purpose saddle ) to ride in an effective position and feel safe and secure.
There are a lot of factors that can affect saddle fit! Horses age, breed characteristics, fitness/workload, management, feeding, time of year, injurys etc. Rider is always a factor too, and age, experience, old injurys etc also play a part in current and future saddle fit. For this reason it is reccommended that saddles are checed regularly, to keep on top of fluctuations in any of these factors and stop problems before they arise. 6 - 12 monthly checks are advisable unless otherwise advised.
What to Expect from a saddle fitting appointment
I will need some information to get a clear picture of the situation before i see you - please be open and honest!
Name of client, phone number, address, who is main rider, and a height and weight for them, as well as a description of their experience.
Address of where horse is kept and directions. Description of facilities, is there a level, safe and enclosed space for me to do initial assessment and measurements, as well as somewhere to see horse walked and trotted up in hand. Unless there are special circumstances, I will need to see horse ridden by normal rider, so is there a school, or flat level and enclosed field where i can see some riding.
Details of horse, age, breed, size, sex, workload, experience, any injury's, is it fit , well and in work?
Once at the yard, I will perform an initial assessment of the horses overall condition, conformation and movement, take templates and asses your saddle/accessories from the ground, or try on new saddles and come up with a shortlist. I will then see horse ridden, by normal rider. Some adjustments can be made on site, if this is the case, i will then see horse ridden again after adjusting. If the saddle needs to come back to the workshop, this will be discussed separately.
If a new saddle is purchased, I will make a date for the first recheck in around 2 - 3 months. This first check is very important, as the saddle will settle in, horse may change shape a little, and saddle will almost certainly need a small amount of adjusting. After this first check, and in general, saddles should ideally be checked 6 - 12 monthly, unless otherwise discussed.
Below are a selection of the most popular saddles that I stock, but if you can't see what you are after, please get in touch , as other options may well be available.
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One of Albion's most popular models. Made from quality materials, with a comfortable seat and leg position. Some adjustability in the tree and bespoke options available.
A luxury option, designed for everyday riding, this saddle features soft leather on flaps and fancy stitch detail. Adjustable tree , a secure depth of seat and air filled panel.
One of their best selling saddles, designed for general purpose riding. Featuring a secure depth of seat, quality materials, adjustable tree and air filled panel.
Designed for the wider horse, this super comfy saddle still has a secure depth of seat and close contact feel. Adjustable tree and air filled panel. Flaps and skirts covered in soft hide and fancy stitching detail.
Designed for the wider horse, this saddle still has a close contact feel and good depth of seat for security. Adjustable tree and air filled panel.
From the same family as Bates/Wintec, this super smart and comfy Cob saddle is designed for the broader horse, with adjustable gullet and close contact cair air system. Good depth of seat with a leather top and synthetic materials on panel underneath.
A Quality addition to the Bates/Wintec family, this smart comfy gp is great for all disciplines. Adjustable tree and cair air system, it has a full leather top, with some synthetic materials on the panel. Moveable knee blocks, available in Hi Wither also.
Fully adjustable Event saddle suitable for all riding club activities. Flocked panel and moveable blocks. Available in 3 different material combinations, soft leather flap, solid flap , and full leather. Bespoke size options. Price varies accordingly.
Fully adjustable GP saddle suitable for all riding club activities. Flocked panel and moveable blocks. Available in 3 different material combinations, from soft leather flap, solid flap , and full leather. Bespoke size options. Price varies accordingly.
A comfortable, fully adjustable gp saddle suited to the broad cob type back. Compact close contact panels and wool flocked.Made in UK from quality materials, with moveable knee blocks.
A compact saddle for the shorter backed horse. Also available in hi wither version with a deeper panel, and a low profile version for the flatter back.This saddle has a deep seat, moveable blocks and fully adjustable tree. Made in uk with a flocked panel.
Fully adjustable pony saddle suited to most back shapes, with a long leg option to suit teenagers/ adults. Flocked panel, moveable knee blocks and a variety of girthing options to aid fitting.
A fully adjustable comfortable and secure pony saddle suited to most back shapes; with moveable knee blocks and a variety of girthing options to help fitting. Flocked panel.
A beautifully designed General-Purpose saddle made from quality full grain leathers, features a wool flocked panel and soft hide knee pads. It has been designed with style, comfort and affordability in mind. Adjustable tree and moveable knee blocks.
A beautifully designed VSD (slightly straighter cut) saddle made from quality full grain leathers, features a wool flocked panel and soft hide knee pads. Adjustable tree and moveable knee blocks.
Ideal for participating in a multitude of activities, featuring a deep equi suede seat and knee pads for extra comfort and security. Cair air panels and adjustable tree.
Designed for the wider horse, whilst still keeping a comfortable seat and depth for the rider to help a correct position. Equi suede seat and nee pads for security. Cair air panels and adjustable tree.
Specifically designed for the more high withered / angular backed horse, with deep supportive panels to clear spine and balance saddle. Comfortable equi suede seat and knee pads for added security. cair air panels and adjustable tree.
Anatomically designed for ponies and their young riders, featuring a comfortable, supportive and balanced seat with an ultra narrow waist. Cair air panels and adjustable tree.
A comfortable saddle designed to fit the wider horse, with a neat waist and deep feel, enabling the rider to sit in a correct position. Cair air panels and adjustable tree.
Ideal for pleasure riding or participating in a multitude of disciplines, this saddle offers a supportive seat for greater security. Cair air panels and adjustable tree
This saddle provides a comfortable secure and supportive seat for the young rider. Features movable foam panels for easy adjustment to fit to ponies.
Suited to the shorter backed horse, this deep seated gp saddle is made of part leather, part synthetic materials on a fully adjustable low profile tree. Flocked panel and moveable knee blocks
Popular synthetic gp saddle with equi suede seat and knee pads, moveable blocks and leather girth straps. Also available in high wither version, it has a deep seat, fully adjustable tree and flocked panel. Black only.
Synthetic saddle suited to the broad cob back. Compact close contact panels, with equi suede seat and knee pads, moveable blocks, leather girth straps and fully adjustable tree. Black only.
Fully adjustable synthetic pony saddle. Equi suede seat and knee pads, moveable blocks and leather girth straps. suits a wide range of pony's. Black only. ,
A beautiful saddle, giving riders a superbly comfortable, close contact and lightly supportive seat. Monoflap with exterior blocks, quality materials and some adjustment in tree. Bespoke options available.
The revolutionary Fabrento combines comfort for horse and rider. Monoflap with exterior blocks, this neat saddle has a short back panel and tailored flap design that matches the conformation of the modern sports horse. Bespoke options available.
Designed as an introductory 'top quality' dressage saddle, for feel and comfort, with a mid depth seat and a leg position that is not too straight. Some adjustability in the tree, and bespoke options available
Designed with Gareth Hughes to enable the rider to feel closer to the horse. Fully adjustable tree &super soft calf skin covered with a deep seat &large surface mounted knee blocks. Specially designed panel to enable horse to move freely.
This monoflap design ensures unrivalled close contact, with large adjustable knee block and luxurious opulence leather for comfort and grip. Adjustable stirrup bar, Cair air panels and adjustable tree.
Featuring a unique deep seat that puts rider in a central and balanced position. It offers tremendous support for the horse, through anatomic shaping of the tree and generous panel design. Cair air panel, adjustable stirrup bar, and adjustable tree.
A high performance saddle that ensures a balanced rider position and optimal horse comfort. The seat has a narrow waist and Featuring double lined opulence leather on the skirt and flaps. Cair air panel, adjustable stirrup bar and adjustable tree.
A traditional and elegant saddle that ensures a balanced rider position and optimal horse comfort. The seat features a narrow waist with greater width behind the rider for increased support. Cair air panels , adjustable stirrup bar and adjustable tree.
A stylish dressage saddle designed specifically for the wider horse, and putting the rider in an optimal position. Adjustable tree, air filled panel and soft hide leather on flaps and skirt with fancy stitching detail.
A cutting edge dressage saddle specially designed for the wider horse. Unprecedented comfort for the rider supporting an optimal dressage position. Adjustable tree and air filled panel.
Suitable for Flatwork and Dressage this beautifully, slimline designed saddle is a must for all enthusiasts. The Cavaletti Dressage saddle is made from the finest full grain leathers, featuring a wool flocked panel and soft hide knee pads. Adjustable tree
Our Monoflap saddles are made from a covered leather and give a closer feel to the horse. Suitable for Flatwork and Dressage this beautifully, slimline designed saddle is a must for all enthusiasts. Adjustable tree and flocked panel, Full grain leather.
Super smart adjustable dressage with cair air system from the same family as Bates/Wintec. Leather top and synthetic on panel; deep seat and moveable knee blocks. Also available in Hi Wither.
A Dressage saddle specially designed for the broader horse, with close contact cair air panel, adjustable tree and good depth of seat; also moveable knee blocks. From the same family as Bates/Wintec, it has a leather top and synthetic on panel.
Very comfortable and secure deep seated dressage saddle with large surface mounted knee blocks. Fully adjustable low profile tree with a flocked panel.
A deep seated fully adjustable dressage saddle with large moveable knee blocks; also available in a high wither version
Developed with World Dressage champion Isabell Werth, to support both horse and rider as a team. Super comfy seat allows the rider to sit correctly, with equi suede covering for security. Cair air panels and adjustable tree.
This saddle is specially designed to fit the wider horse, whilst still offering a close contact, deep and balanced feel for the rider. Ideal for schooling horses for competition. Cair air panels and adjustable tree.
This saddle is ideal for developing a strong dressage position and schooling horses for competition. Comfortable seat helps the rider sit correctly. Cair air panels and adjustable tree
A monoflap saddle specifically designed for the competitive cross country rider looking for close contact with their horse. Adjustable tree, flocked panel and plenty of girthing positions . Large and small knee block options available.
Super smart jump saddle that can be used for everyday riding too. From the same family as Bates/Wintec, it has an adjustable tree and cair air system; leather top and synthetic on panel.
This saddle offers a unique level of fit, comfort and stability for the horse, allowing greater freedom of movement over the wither, shoulder and back, optimizing performance. Made of super soft calf leather, bespoke options available.
This new monoflap jump saddle features modern styling, a super soft half deep seat and a lightweight, close contact feel. Some adjustment in the tree and custom options available.
This saddle has been designed with a super soft , slightly deeper seat and closer positive , secure leg position for the rider. Wide panel bearing and some adjustability in the tree. Bespoke options available.
Suitable for show jumping, cross country, hunting and endless amounts of other activities this universal designed jumping saddle is made from quality full grain leathers, features a wool flocked panel and soft hide knee pads. Adjustable tree .
Our Monoflap saddles are made from a covered leather and give a closer feel to the horse. Suitable for show jumping, cross country, hunting , this universal jumping saddle is made from quality full grain leathers, With external blocks. Adjustable Tree.
An upgraded covered leather version of our standard Jump saddle Suitable for show jumping, cross country, hunting , this universal designed jumping saddle is made from quality full grain leathers, features a wool flocked panel and adjustable tree.
New Style adjustable jump saddle on their long bar tree for plenty of shoulder support and saddle stability. Soft leather on skirts and stitching detail on knee pads make it comfortable and very smart.
Fully adjustable part leather part synthetic jump saddle. Comfortable seat and moveable blocks make for a secure feel over fences.
Super smart part leather part synthetic adjustable tree jump saddle. Designed to fit the pony shape, with low profile flocked panel. Forward flap design for rider comfort.
As with the standard, this girth has been scientifically proven to dramatically improve horses range of movement, and is made from a technical synthetic material that breathes. This shape is for horses with a narrow ribcage.
Suitable for use with a dressage saddle or monoflap jump, this girth has been scientifically proven to improve the horses freedom of movement. Made from a technical synthetic material that can breathe, and keeps dry and cool.
As with the standard, this shape has been scientifically proven to dramatically improve the horses freedom of movement. Made from a technical synthetic material that keeps cool, dry and breathable. This model is designed for horses with a narrow ribcage.
This design of girth has been scientifically proven to dramatically improve the horses freedom of movement. Made of a high tech synthetic material that keep it cool, dry and breathable. Also good for horses with difficult conformation around the girth.
Made from ultra padded soft Calf leather, this ergonomic design and cutaway shape reduces pressure around the sensitive girth area. Customized colours on the piping are available.
Made of super soft leather, with heavy duty elastic at both ends, it is shaped to ensure a perfect fit. Available from 40" to 60" in black or brown. Contrast stitching available.
Kit contains leather soap, conditioner, sponges and bag. This rich leather soap and conditioning balm will keep leather in tip top condition, especially good for soft, full grain and calf leathers.
Made from super soft calf leather wrapped around a non stretch core, these leathers are suitable for dressage as the mono design, with T Bar adjustment near the stirrup iron, gives a lovely close contact feel.
Made from super soft calf leather wrapped around a non stretch core; suitable for any activities. Available in black or brown, sizes 48", 54", 57", 60", or 63"