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FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
SADDLES THAT SLIP & ANY OTHER QUESTIONS The last Friday of every month is Friday Night Live, where Poppy talks about a saddle related topic, and you can ask her questions - both in advance, and LIVE. This month's topic will be saddle slippage. So, if you've got anything you want to ask about saddles that slip, or indeed any burning things you'd like to ask a saddle fitter... now is your chance. She'll answer as many as she can. Pop questions on here, now or LIVE. See you on Friday 31st July at 8pm (UK time). Until then... stay happy! Thank you for all your lovely comments and views on the LIVE tonight...
As promised... here are the links:
My free PDF: https://www.poppywebber.co.uk/product...
Greve & Dyson study on hindlimb lameness/saddle slip: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23360...
Video about girthing/saddles for cobs: https://youtu.be/aAyMNunjQrs
How to check your stirrup leathers: https://youtu.be/Z8yJCSm1P18
INSIDE A GFS XCH SADDLE
In this week's video, Poppy Webber (SMS QSF) looks inside a GFS XCH adjustable saddle, to check the tree. It's a synthetic tree... and it's super light and ever so flexible... but is it broken? ❓❓❓ These are really popular saddles. They're lightweight, adjustable, flocked and the GFS brand is well known as a quality brand (previously known as Fieldhouse for those old enough to remember that!). What do you think about her findings? Is this a good idea or a bad idea? And why? We're super interested to hear your thoughts so please comment below. ⬇️⬇️⬇️ Poppy Webber is a full-time (more than full-time!) Qualified Saddle Fitter for the Society of Master Saddlers. She also lectures, chit-chats and writes columns for magazines... all about saddles and saddle fitting. 🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴 She can be found on social media under /adayinthelifeofasaddlefitter Saddle fitting enquiries via PeeWee Saddlery or /peeweesaddlery on social media. 📩 Media and press enquires via
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A SADDLE FITTING PHOTOSHOOT
Have you ever wondered what an equestrian photoshoot looks like? Here's a whole day of photoshoot-ing, condensed into 3 minutes... Abi Grief Photography joined Poppy Webber (Qualified Saddle Fitter) today to get some commercial shots. Starting off on site, and then moving to the studio for some headshots
DON'T CLEAN YOUR TACK.... TOO MUCH!
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HOW TO CHECK FOR A BROKEN TREE
In this video, Poppy Webber shows you how to check your saddle tree... and opens up a saddle she's been to fit that day, which she suspects may have lost a rivet. How did she find this out? By checking the tree! This is SUCH a useful skill for all horse owners to learn.... Does it have a broken tree? Or a missing rivet? Watch to find out.
HOW TO CHECK IF YOUR GIRTH IS TOO TIGHT
In this super quick 2 minute video, Poppy Webber shows you a little trick of the trade to check if your girth is too tight. Perfect for you, if you've ever worried about tightening your girth too much, or you're unsure how best to check it. Featuring Lonni, the super little Highland Pony, who is a superb example of a horse who doesn't mind being tacked up/girth tightened... he's not even tied up for the video.
IS YOUR DRESSAGE GIRTH TOO SHORT?
Here’s a quick 3 minute video about the length of dressage girths... because, as a saddle fitter, I see so many that are way too short. Remember the reason why we have girths, other than to hold the saddle on. It’s to spread pressure and make the horse comfy... so, why do so many people have 90% strap and 10% girth? Watch this... it’ll take less time than it takes to boil the kettle and you might learn something that makes your horse more comfy...
SADDLE FITTING FOR UNBACKED HORSES - WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
How many times do you see broken/knackered saddles for sale, advertised as a 'breaking' saddle? Implying it's ok to use an unfitted, awful saddle to introduce your horse to a saddle for the first time... it's NOT. You want your horse to ENJOY life as a ridden horse, you need them to be COMFORTABLE from day one, and you don't want them to resent being tacked up and ridden. For this reason, we always say you should have your saddle fitted to your horse before you ride them... and then checked again when they're under saddle. In this video, Poppy visits the yard of a young dressage rider, Leanne Kerry (Leanne Kerry Equestrian) to fit a saddle to her young horse. He's a 3 year old Hanoverian, and this was his first time with a saddle on. Usually we wouldn't expect to see a rider get on during this first saddle fitting, but Leanne has done a lot of work with Ferdi leading up to today and felt he was ready to be sat on. I think we can all see how very chilled out he was about the whole affair - he literally barely blinked as she got on. Despite it being a VERY windy day!
MY NEW DIGITAL SADDLE FITTING SHEET
A little short video, showing the digital saddle fitting form... for the people that have asked about it. This will also be useful for anyone wondering what kind of info we need during the saddle fitting process, and why. For example, why do we mark down uneven shoulders? I was quoted £1800 by a digital company to make an app thing like this, but it's possible to make them yourself. You just need a form building thing - eg google forms, jot form etc and some patience. I use an iPad Pro 12.9 (2020 version), with an iPencil... but you could use any other iPad and your finger...
LIVE VIDEO! I BOUGHT A CRAPPY SADDLE PART FOUR - LIVE DISSECTION WITH QUESTIONS
I was contacted by a lovely girl who watched the previous episodes of 'I Bought A Crappy Saddle' and realised she had mistakenly bought one... and asked if I wanted to dismantle it to look inside. Of course I said YES! It is one of the saddles I have been desperate to dissect. In the description the manufacturers/sellers describe it as having a 'flex' tree, which will 'mould to the exact shape of your horse's back'. Now... I am sure you're all as keen as I am to see how a tree can do that.... or indeed IF a tree can do that. The saddles retail at approx £200-300 for a new leather saddle, so this saddle really does firmly fall into the bracket of a 'cheap leather saddle'... so let's get it opened up, and have a good look inside.
QUICK CHAT ABOUT CURVED GIRTHS
In this episode, Poppy drags her Highland Pony out of the field to show WHY he has a curved girth, and how they work. Coming up in the next video, she'll look at how long your dressage girth should be. So, make sure you subscribe... and don't miss it!
QUICK TIPS FOR WHEN YOUR HORSE'S BACK STARTS TO DIP
Poppy shares a couple of top tips to help get your horse’s back strengthened ... ready for your saddle fitting. Perfect for the owners of older horses, or ones that have been out of work.
I BUY A CRAPPY SADDLE PART THREE
The saddle has arrived, so in this video Poppy shows you what it’s like... up close and inside. What will she find? Spoiler alert... make sure you have a sick bucket with you... there is a grim discovery near the end... After a little look on the outside she opens it up... to see what’s on the inside... This video is for ANYONE who have EVER looked at those cheap leather saddles and even fleetingly considered buying one... for anyone buying a saddle, or a horse with tack... Or indeed for anyone interested in horses, horse riding, or tack. Poppy Webber is a Society Of Master Saddlers Qualified Saddle Fitter, with oodles of experience with all kinds of saddles, even these ones.... although, here’s a fact for you... did you know saddle fitters (qualified ones!) won’t fit these saddles. If you watch this video, you will understand why!
I BUY A CRAPPY SADDLE PART TWO
The saddle has been paid for... just waiting for it to arrive... in the meantime, let’s have a look at some icky saddles, with icky trees and see what’s REALLY inside those cheap and nasty saddles. Yes, even the ones that look ok on the outside... look at what nasties can hide on the inside. From broken trees to rusty nails... and frayed girth webbings to rusty rivets. Let’s delve into these icky saddles... there is SO much to learn! So, get comfy and prepare to be shocked/amazed and learn loads (hopefully!).
I BUY A CRAPPY SADDLE - PART ONE - THE EBAY SEARCH
In this video, Poppy browses eBay to find a cheap saddle... to show why it is IMPOSSIBLE to buy a decent NEW leather saddle for less than about £700* She shows you what to look out for, what to avoid... and hopefully will end with buying a saddle... so she can show you the inside of one of these cheap, usually Indian made saddles. This is part one... the eBay search. Subscribe and press that notification bell so you don’t miss the delivery and opening of the saddle! Enjoy!
*sometimes, you can get real bargains, obviously that's a sweeping statement... but hopefully you get the general idea... if it's new, leather, and under about £600, the chances are it's manufactured somewhere like India, and will not be the quality you'd want or expect from a 'proper' saddle. Unless it has a well known brand on it and it happens to be a bargain, it's probably worth avoiding, or at the very least checking with your saddle fitter!
AFTERNOON TEA... ON THE BACK OF A DARTMOOR PONY
When your little pony is so flat that you can literally eat your dinner off his back... Maddy has afternoon tea in the sun with Blue, a five year old Dartmoor pony. The love of her life, her little hairy best friend. And no... the tea wasn’t hot... luckily... cos he turned round to steal a slice of banana bread (off his own back) just before we started filming and spilt the tea... hahaha! Oops! I hope you like this slightly lighter hearted video and it makes you smile. Have a happy day :)
WHAT IS A VSS SADDLE?
A little quick video about VSS saddles. What they are, what they’re good for (everything) and why nervous riders love them. Poppy Webber demonstrates on a PeeWee Volante VSS saddle, and shows the different types. Poppy is a Qualified Saddle Fitter with the Society of Master Saddlers. She’s also a monthly magazine columnist, lecturer and all round busy bee.
'D TO D' RING MEANS NOTHING!
How many times have you heard people discussing the ‘D to D’ ring measurements when it comes to saddles? Did you know it means nothing? Nothing. Zilch. Niente. Nowt. In this video, Poppy Webber BSc, MA, SMS QSF, smashes that myth and explains why it’s so inaccurate. Sit back, make a cuppa and enjoy. In fact, you won’t have time for a cuppa cos it’s just a quick one... so just enjoy!
SADDLES FOR COBS
In this video, Poppy Webber BSc (Hons), MA, SMS QSF talks through what makes a ‘cob’ saddle... and what the wider horses need in terms of saddle. Filmed during lockdown, and video bombed by a fluffy puppy, this video is perfect for cob owners, puppy lovers, horse riders, and bad hair lovers.
WHICH STIRRUP LEATHERS DO I NEED?
Plain leather, non stretch or T-bar leathers? Poppy chats through them all with you, to discuss how they're made, which ones stretch and why... and which of them are best for you. And a little snippet at the end about how to make sure they're SAFE to use. Filmed indoors, at home... cos it was soooo windy outside. During lockdown (that should excuse the hair & eyebrows).
Day one - #socialsupercharge challenge
Okay, so it's not a 'top tip' video... or even a 'how to' video.. but this week I am joining in with the #socialsupercharge challenge (by Rhea Freeman) and Day One is about gratitude... as I desperately need to hone my videoing skills (or lack of...), I decided to make a little video about gratitude. I'm grateful, every day, for my lovely customers... and for having made that scary leap from government officer to a self employed saddle fitter <3 even though times are tough at the moment on lockdown... gratitude keeps me positive. And I show the best present I have ever received from a client... or is it customer?
WHY DO YOUR STIRRUP LEATHERS STRETCH?
And how to check them.....
In this video, Poppy Webber (BSc, MA, SMS QSF) describes why your stirrup leathers stretch, shows you a butt (of leather...!) and tells you how SHE recommends you check your stirrup leathers are even. Filmed during lockdown, so the hairstyle is so bad it's had to be covered up... and the sun is so bright she's almost blinded... so... yeah... if you can see past those things, hopefully you'll learn something about stirrup leathers. Filming & Tea Making: Maddy Webber (aged 10) Acting, Talking & Editing: Poppy Webber (hopefully practice will make perfect...)
ANY DAY NOW...
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Coming any day now... lock down boredom = videos on their way... watch this space! Over the next few weeks, I will be talking about girthing, checking stirrup leathers, the importance of a saddle fitting the rider, saddles for chunky cobs... If there is anything in particular (saddle realted!) you'd like to hear about/learn about or see a demo of, give me a shout. #saddlefitting #adayinthelifeofasaddlefitter #saddlefittingadvice #tackroomtips