The Total Contact Saddle is suitable for a very wide range of horses (breeds, types, conformation) as well as riders of all levels of styles, shapes and sizes. “One saddle really does fit all” and to show some of the range we’ve added some images of client’s horses below who use the saddle. There’s a real mixture and whilst it can never be representative of every horse it does show the versatility of the saddle to good effect.
TB Cross, she is 22 years old, 14.3hh and is used for recreational riding as well as schooling. She enjoys jumping and hacking out.
In this photo you can see how the Total Contact Saddle sits on the caudal aspect of the fairly high withers. Amber doesn’t have a saddle pad beneath her poly pad and instead has a thick poly pad which seems to suit her.
In this image you can see how the saddle sits in relation to Amber’s overall body shape. You’ll see that she has a ‘dippy back’ but that the saddle still fits well and allows the rider to maintain a high level of rapport with her.
This image also shows the saddle in relation to the rest of Amber and her back shape.
Charlie Bigtime is a Thoroughbred ex-racehorse. He’s 16.1hh, 27 years old and has won several races in his time on the track. He’s in a state of transition to being barefoot and living on a ‘Paddock Paradise’/track system now and is adapting well to his new surroundings. He has a lovely movement. He has just started to be ridden in the Total Contact Saddle.
The ‘difficulty’ with Charlie is that his high wither changes height depending on how he’s standing. For this reason the wrap around effect of the Total Contact Saddle will help him as it changes shape with him and is not part of a rigid frame like so many saddles.
It’s possible to see how the saddle fits a horse with high withers from this image of Charlie. Like Amber it sits on the caudal aspect of the wither but Charlie is much less ‘dippy backed’ than Amber but instead has a high rump in relation to the mid part of his back.
Many horses exhibit this characteristic of wither changing height according to how they stand. Which is why saddles can move and cause soreness!
Chiron is a Standardbred ex-trotter but it didn’t work out for him as he wasn’t very good at it (“Thankfully”, says his owner). He’s 9 years old, 15.2hh and was started in the Total Contact Saddle, the Dr Cook bitless bridle and being unshod. He can jump but prefers not to (!), he gets bored with schooling easily but loves to hack out.
Chiron Horse is a very different shape to both Amber and Charlie. His back is much straighter – he’s younger, has had different handling – and it’s much more muscled. He has a wither but it’s not ‘high’ or ‘flat’. Again the saddle sits very comfortably on him. He does use a Gel-Eze saddle pad under his numnah as he has slight arthritis in T14/15 which was a pre-existing condition before he was started.
Again the saddle sits very comfortably on him. He does use a Gel-Eze saddle pad under his numnah as he has slight arthritis in T14/15 which was a pre-existing condition before he was started.A closer image of Chiron Horse’s saddle fit and back.
A closer image of Chiron Horse’s saddle fit and back. In his case the rider would sit part way on the back edge of the saddle and part on the numnah – it may be different with other riders as it’s based on their relative anatomy (if you see what we mean !). Either way though the rider’s legs ‘fall’ down the line of the girth and create the classic ‘shoulder, hip’s ankle’ alignment.
Evee is just the sweetest pony you could ever wish to meet. She’s got a darling ‘dished’ face and is very gentle. She’s a 12hh Wesh section A
Not that we encourage ‘ladies’ to show themselves with nothing on in this website but we wanted you to see ‘what was underneath’ in Evee’s case. She’s a stocky little pony, not very high withered but with a slightly dippy back as you can see.
Here we’ve shown her without a numnah, poly pad etc and just the Gel-Eze pad under her saddle so that you can see how it fits. The one shown is a full length saddle pad but others are available depending on need. Again, you can see how the saddle fits her.
A full side on view of Evee and her saddle showing the relative position for her is similar to a much larger horse – it’s just a question of scale …. despite her reduced stature all we had to do is to change the girth to a shorter one. This makes the saddle ideal if you’re exercising/riding more than one horse as it simply comes off one and onto another !
Hamish is a 10hh 4 year old rescue Shetland who has now found a wonderful home. He will be backed soon and also taught to pull a cart.
Hamish is a 10hh three year old Shetland, He will be backed soon in a Total Contact Saddle
Hamish is wearing the same saddle as Magnum the 17.2hh Selle Francais below, all that's different is childrens stirrups are being used
Hamish will change shape as he grows and is exercised the saddle will fit at all stages, it will also fit his new jockey as he/she grows!
Magnum is a 17.2hh sixteen year old gentle giant of a horse. He’s a Selle Francais. He’s been a Grade B show jumper and has a lovely jump on him still.
This is just the same saddle as on Evee (Welsh above) and Hamish the Shetland that is now on the much larger Magnum. The position is clear to see on the rear facing slope of his slightly raised withers and relative to his much longer back.
Magnum looking very smart at Hadlow Equestrian College annual show sporting his Total Contact Saddle
The saddle fitted as it should be on Magnum and giving him unrestricted movement across his back – to help develop muscle tone and keep it as he gets older – and in his shoulder – to help with any jumping efforts he makes.
Oscar is a 20 year old 15.2 Cob, he loves hacking out, jumping and when he has to schooling!
Oscar has always been very hard to find a suitable saddle, every saddle seems to slip. The Total Contact stays puts on him and he seems to really enjoy being ridden in it.
Oscar has has major gut surgery and so struggles with maintaining weight, he yoyos up and down with his weight and so the TCS is perfect as it fits him what ever weight he is.