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The ultimate treeless saddle




The Total Contact Saddle Concept


The Total Contact Saddle was designed to give the closest possible contact with the horse whilst keeping the security of stirrups. The minimalist design strips away unnecessary padding, tree, cantle and pommel to deliver direct communication between horse and rider. The rider can now really feel the horse – often for the first time – and, as importantly, the horse can feel the rider.

Why should I use a Total Contact Saddle?

With enhanced rapport between the horse and rider it’s possible to ride with minimum effort and aids, to understand how the horse is reacting and for the horse to understand the rider more. Of course this does mean that poor technique on the part of both does show up but that’s quickly put right and such things as rider crookedness, poor balance and ineffective aids are improved as the positive feedback loop between action and intention is clarified and both horse and rider learn from it. Some clients have reported their horse goes better in the TCS, is more responsive, is more relaxed, moves easier through their shoulder and back and riders typically take about 15 minutes to forget that they’re riding in it as they feel their horse breath, sigh, the back work and flex and really start to enjoy their horse.

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The Total Contact saddle is the best saddle I have ever tried, for horse and rider. It’s the TC all the way for me and my neds!
— PV, Derbyshire

A lovely little Mane Show test by Becca and Chiron Horse in a Total Contact saddle.


Total Contact Saddle and  "pressure"


Of all the questions we get asked on a regular basis by far the most popular is, “Does your saddle cause pressure on the horse’s back ?” We have written a detailed blog answering this  please see link to the blog below.  But in short the Total Contact Saddle has been tested by a technician of the SMS with their Pliance System and it was not found to have pressure peaks (red areas) when using a very fine horse in walk, trot and canter.