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01761 479600

Saddle Fitting & Repair

Master Saddler

C J Puddy Saddlery saddle fitting service is carried out by Chris who is a qualified saddle fitter, registered by the Society of Master Saddlers and is also a Master Saddler with over 30 years of experience in the trade.

Holders of this certificate are experienced saddle fitters who have undergone further professional training and assessments by leading veterinarians, professional riders and saddle manufacturers. They must understand the anatomy and conformation of the horse and identify any problems with the horse that may require veterinary attention, assess the condition of saddles, identify common faults and ensure the optimum fitting of saddles to the horse within budget allowed.

Qualified saddle fitters subscribe and follow a code of conduct of the Society of Master Saddlers and carry professional identification. A complete list of registered qualified saddle fitters may be obtained from the Society of Master Saddlers Web site -

Chris offers a full saddle fitting and adjustment service. As part of this service, Chris will visit you and your horse, take measurements and templates of your horse's back and then try a range of saddles that suit your riding requirements and budget. He will advise you on the best saddle for you and your horse. A saddle fit requires that the horse is ridden under the saddle, so that Chris can assess whether it allows the horse correct movement and suits your riding position and style.

Horses change shape with the seasons, exercise and feeding regimes so we recommend that you have your saddle checked on a regular basis. These regular saddle checks can prevent back soreness and injuries and ensure you are getting the best performance out of your saddle.

Adjustments: If your saddle needs some adjustments whether that is a gullet change for adjustable saddles or a traditional leather saddle that needs re-flocking, lifting or balance straps - Chris can do this in our workshop.

Bits and Bitting: Chris also holds a certificate in Loinery, Horse Bits and Bitting from The Worshipful Company of Loiners. We are happy to advise you on suitable bitting options for your horse.

For a quicker turnaround, please book your saddle fitting or saddle repair in advance, call us on 01761 479600

The call out charge for a saddle fit or check is £40.00 within 10 miles of our shop (BA2 9HN).
Additional charges apply for distances greater than this. Please call to check.