Results can be seen in St Albans on 10 November 2000

Riders in the M25 catchment area will have the opportunity to discover the secret of a perfectly fitting saddle and how to achieve a naturally balanced seat with ease - at a special saddle fitting clinic to be held at Oaklands College Riding Centre in St Albans on Friday 10 November 2000 at 7.30pm.

The clinic is being run by The Free ‘n’ Easy Saddle company who have spent the last 5 years searching for a perfect saddle which would do all of the following:

  • always have a level seat, so we sit in the middle, no matter what the shape of the horse
  • position the heel under the hip, without having to pull the leg back
  • encourage a pelvic girdle position which aligns the back and places the shoulders naturally above the hips
  • have a passive contact with our horse’s back to offer as much freedom as possible
  • be adjustable when the horse changes shape
  • be adjustable to a new horse
  • reduce the pressure on the horse’s back

Free ‘n’ Easy’s answer to this challenge lay in their innovative flat panel construction which has produced the only saddle in the world which is fully adjustable across the width and length of the horse’s back - as well as in the location of the stirrup bar. It is this which both ensures maximum freedom of action for the horse and encourages a natural, correct and balanced position for the rider.

Models currently available include GP, dressage and endurance riding versions. Early Free ‘n’ Easy dressage versions have been further improved with leather panels concealing the special construction, and complementary dressage squares completing the elegant look of the saddle.

The Classical Riding Club’s Sylvia Loch is one trainer who has used a Free ‘n’ Easy saddle with considerable success. She explains: “Correct saddle fitting is always crucial to the performance of the horse so visitors should find the saddle clinic interesting whatever their personal choice of saddle or discipline.”

Spectators at the St Albans clinic will have the opportunity to see the saddles in action on horses working on the flat and over jumps; as well as to witness how Free ‘n’ Easy can help riders/owners with concerns about the fit of their current saddle. Admission is £5 per person. For further details and bookings contact: Kate Skirrow on 01727-737728 or 07768-834592. For a brochure and to identify your local Free ‘n’ Easy saddle fitter, call 01833-640887 or visit the web site at

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Updated: October 2005.