A bit about us …. Total Contact saddles

So, here I am ‘Blogging’ for the first time ! I thought I’d give it a go as it seemed likely to be a cathartic experience for me even if no-one else in the whole wide world reads these words …. ever  Total Contact Saddles has been going now in its present from for about eight years or so. Success, such as it is, has been hard fought to achieve. The quote about truth going through three stages often rings in my ears and we’ve certainly seen enough of those who’ve denounced this treeless saddle as the next worst thing to The Devil himself (or should that be ‘herself’ – I’m never too sure). However, with some perseverance, a lot of encouragement from some very loyal and vocal clients and a good deal of patience with all sorts of views and opinions (many of which were formed without even seeing the system let alone training it) we’ve just had the best period of interest ever. The Total Contact Saddle isn’t like any other type of saddle – it’s not meant to be as what’s the point of developing what’s already developed and has the limitations that a ‘traditional’ saddle has. The saddle forms part of a system of riding that use the riders balance as the means to direct the gait and direction of the horse. It allows greater communication between rider and horse – and what’s odd for some is that this also includes between horse and rider. There have been clients who describe it as ‘power steering for your horse’ in that it needs little/no effort to affect the way the horse moves and where it moves. The image above shows my 7 year old American Standardbred who’s been ridden in the saddle from the very first day I had him well over a year ago now and showed no signs of reluctance at any time. He’s been started in this system and has taken to it without fuss or stress on his part or mine and that’s just the way I like it :-). It never ceases to amaze me the wide variety of rider and hosre types that use the system and the wide variety of disciplines and activities they get involved in. We’ve had everything from those who hack out across hill and dale (literally !) for up to six hours at a time to eventers, to RDA groups (who love it as it gives their clients extra ‘feel ‘with the horse) to a client who reached the National Dressage Championships in one in 2012. Each time I get feedback from a client I’m thrilled. each time I create a relationship with a new client I’m overjoyed. Each time a client tells me that their horse is behaving better, has developed more muscle in areas they didn’t have it before, is much happier than it was, is more relaxed, that they are enjoying their horse more than they were I’m overjoyed and I think to myself, “job done”. This came in from a client just today: “Pictured are Shade and my daughter. I think the pics show nicely how they both feel about the new saddle. Shade let out a nice big sigh when I put the saddle on for the first time, she was more relaxed wearing it than any other saddle we have tried (4 in the last 7 months). She was relaxed and happy wearing it and it fitted more securely than any treed saddle ever has and I like that it put Libby in a better position naturally without any effort on her part. I would and have recommended this saddle its awesome and customer service can not be faulted. overall very happy customer thank you”. Oh, it’s been used in Grand Prix show jumping as well to good effect but this is the real horsewoman isn’t it. A youngster and her pony having fun. Both of them will remember each other long after all the grand prix competitions have long been committed to some dusty results tome. I’m happy with any benefit that comes fro horse and rider. The last few weeks have seen unprecedented interest in the system and there have been times that it’s been hard to cope with ordering orders and sending the right thing out – we’ve got a couple of things wrong along the way but each time we did we held our hands up and corrected it to the clients benefit. That’s the very essence of Total Contact Saddles; an honest product at an honest price with an honest service. Okay, so that’s ‘blogging’ is it ? It’s a bit like writing a journal article isn’t it. I think we’ll do it again very soon with more updates. Until then, as we say at Total Contact, “Have fun !” Stuart   Share

Chiron Horse showing off his Havanna Brown Saddle with short straps

Chiron Horse showing off his Havanna Brown Saddle with short straps

Stuart with Chiron Horse

Stuart with Chiron Horse

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