Having ridden big warmblood horses for many years, Gloucester-based Kate Vickery wanted to down-size and ride out with her children as they became more confident in the saddle.
With this in mind, at the end of May, Kate bought Roscoe a 148cm Connemara to produce and educate ready for her children to progress on to in a few years’ time.
Wanting to make sure his saddlery fitted correctly, Kate decided to do some research on the internet and in doing so she repeatedly came across really positive reviews for Black Country Saddles.
Said Kate: “Roscoe is quite wide and rides like a horse with a big stride and as he is still maturing and changing shape I wanted to make sure the saddle was the perfect fit.
“Eventually I will pass him down to the children but for now we have started Roscoe with flatwork and dressage before recently trying some show jumping before we move on to eventing next year.
“I contacted Terri Webb Saddles in Herefordshire who came to the yard to carry out a saddle fit and she recommended the Eden Dressage Saddle from Black Country Saddles.
“The fit is brilliant, I couldn’t be more pleased. In fact the saddle doesn’t move at all and when I had Roscoe’s back checked, the physiotherapist was also really pleased with the good shape he is in and with how good he felt overall.
“Not only does the saddle fit Roscoe well, I also absolutely love riding in it! The saddle is so comfortable and well-made that I am now riding far better given the support it offers.”
Kate was that impressed with the Eden Dressage Saddle that she has now also purchased the Ricochet jumping saddle as she is starting to show jump him through the winter months.
“Roscoe just seems to move well and freely whether on the flat or over jumps. It was so brilliant to find both a saddle fitter and a manufacturer who knew what they were doing which resulted in a first class service and a first class product!”
Picture Caption: Kate Vickery and Roscoe enjoying their dressage.