Are Your Pony’s Cheekpieces In The Right Position?

Are Your Pony’s Cheekpieces In The Right Position?

Source: Laura Fiddaman Photography Next time you put your pony's bridle on, take a look at where the cheekpieces are lying. Do they sit alongside their eye? If not, then it is possible you may have the wrong size fitted. Every day, whilst scrolling social media, I see lots of our equine friends in bridles that are incorrectly fitted. This is mainly because owners and riders are just not clued up enough when it comes to correct bridle fitting. Off The Shelf Bridles Most people buy their bridles 'off the shelf'. What I mean by this is that they usually buy a standard-sized bridle from a saddlery shop, second-hand sales sites or word of mouth. The standard sizes are generally Pony, Cob and Full, but over the years Small Pony and Xtra Full started hitting the shop floors too. However, even with the extra couple of 'standard-sized' alternatives, a lot of owners and riders still have to either buy two different sized bridles to...
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Gaining The ‘SMS Qualified’ Status

Gaining The ‘SMS Qualified’ Status

Ever since I started my journey back in 2015, my desire has always been to become a Master Saddler. Not just any Master Saddler; one that makes a difference and contributes to the future of saddlery and leatherwork. Since then my goal has been to gain as much knowledge, experience and qualifications along the way. This has consequently led me to become a fully-fledged City and Guilds (Level 3) qualified Saddle and Bridle Maker. My Student Years During my student years, I was adamant to find the very best support, guidance and knowledge I could find. Being an adult trainee saddler without an apprenticeship or placement with a Master Saddler was always going to be a difficult road to follow. Nevertheless, I was determined to succeed. Becoming A Member Of The Society From the start I was determined to become a member of the Society of Master Saddlers (or the SMS as they are commonly known). They provide advice and guidance, support and...
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