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How to achieve your riding goals this season

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 15th of December, 2014

Whatever you hope to do with your horse or pony this season, setting yourself some goals and targets along the way can really help with your motivation, and allow you to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the going gets tough. However, sitting down to set yourself goals and aims on paper is rather different to actually getting out there and working on them, so here are some tips to help to keep you motivated and give you a realistic chance of achieving your aims.

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Memiors of a Saddle Fitter - What Guarantees

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 11th of December, 2014

It was a busy Saturday a good number of years ago. The shop was full and there were three of us, working at full stretch, serving a variety of customers. I had just finished fitting a pair of joddy boots and half chaps for a rather nice family with a teenage daughter and was heading to the till, when I heard a harsh women’s voice say loudly “My horse has a sore back, the saddle doesn’t fit!” She hadn’t waited her turn but had cut across the conversation at the till, where another customer was being served. I stifled a sigh, I had hoped to nip and put the kettle on but there was no chance now, this customer wanted attention immediately no matter who was being served or who felt like a cuppa.

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Saxon Rugs - A Year On

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 6th of December, 2014

You might remember that this time last year we were very keen to promote our new range of Saxon turnout rugs. For such reasonably priced rugs we were delighted with the quality and they certainly sold very well, so you obviously agreed with us! Well, we are always keen to use our products ourselves and I happily bought a standard neck, medium weight turnout rug for my horse to put to the test. After a full season of being used and abused by my horse I thought I would report back on how it has performed.

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Memoirs of a Saddle Fitter - The Troubled Stranger

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 27th of October, 2014

The Troubled Stranger


A customer brought her horse to me for a saddle fit. Out from the trailer came a nice looking bay gelding, just over 16hh. He was about eight years old. Unusually he didn’t look round much. Most horses, even if well-travelled, take stock of the surroundings and are interested. He kept his head a little low and throughout the process of trying saddles on, getting the rider on board the promising ones and the owner riding in about four saddles, he remained detached. At one point I held him, while she went back to the trailer for her half chaps and he looked after her anxiously and let out a huge sigh and then put his head down again. There was a dejected air about him, yet he rode well and was obliging to work with, a nice horse to be beside but a sadness emanating from him.

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New Brands at Central Saddlery

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 24th of October, 2014

Introducing the latest brand additions to our range at Central Saddlery- Horze and HKM Sports Equipment


Here at Central Saddlery we know that our customers are always very discerning. We have got to know many of you pretty well over the years and we know that you always like style and quality, so we think you’ll be really pleased to hear that we have now introduced a couple of new brands to the store – Horze and HKM Sports Equipment. If you haven’t come across these brands before, they're well worth a look. We’re sure you’ll like them as much as we do!

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