Qualified saddle fitting, flocking and adjustments now available
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Learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy the site as much as we do. We specialise in saddle fitting, adjustments to saddlon site and saddle flocking. We stock 100's of new and used saddles, and we produce our own range of tack cleaning products all made in the UK. Nigel is a fully qualified saddle fitter
We started the Balmoral Equestrian business with a vision to provide quality products and services to people who are like us. We both have horses and love nothing more than being at the yard doing the chores and schooling or riding out. We compete in show jumping and dressage, we also go on fun rides and generally like being out in the countryside on our horses.
We like to have nice things for the horses of course, but increasingly, we have had an eye on where the products are coming from and how they are produced. We only work with local, and UK manufactures to help us provide the best products and gifts for your horse.
We have spent a long time working with our suppliers to ensure they have the same values as we do, all of our products have a sustainable and organic process in their manufacturing, as well as being made with minimal impact on the environment. We only use UK manufactures and our packaging is sourced from environmentally friendly sources.
I have the qualifications to professionally fit and re-balance your saddle girths and bridle, as a fully qualified fitter, I take an holistic approach and fully understand the requirements to make you and your horse comfortable under the saddle and in the bridle. I am fully insured, and I am able to offer adjustments to saddles and flock saddles on site during the fitting process.
Saddle and Bridle fitting is such an important part of your routine and its important to have regular checks of your tack and equipment to maintain your horses health and performance
We are both professional people with a real passion for horses, the wellbeing of our horses and our customers horses is very important to us. We are based in Worcestershire, and we are regularly at local events and riding around the hills and lanes at any opportunity. We have our own horses, and they are great fun to be around. Felicity was born in the saddle and is very experienced in all aspects of equine care and management and Nigel is a competent and able rider and loves being around horses and can often be heard having conversations with them about anything and everything when no one is around, he is also a fully qualified saddle fitter
Understanding the horse and rider combination when fitting your saddles, girths and bridles is so important. As a professional fitter, I am able to help increase your horse's comfort and performance. The fitting needs to be suitable for both horse and rider and a well fitted saddle is vitally important to the overall well-being of your horse and can prevent other issues from developing. Please contact me directly for any details or questions.
In order to achieve correct saddle fitting, we will run through your requirements as a rider and some history of your horse over the phone. The fitting process takes around an hour and a half and i need to see the horse ridden, you will receive a written report and a set of asymmetric drawings of the horse's profile which is a useful guide in the future to monitor changes in your horse and is often used by your vet and physiotherapist as an overview. You should always use a qualified saddle fitter that has undergone the correct training and will understand the saddle inside and out
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We believe in using natural products that are only made in the UK, this is to help reduce our carbon hoof print, and support local business where possible, our relationships with our partners is very important to us and we like to be involved in new products to see what actually goes in to them. We are very careful how we pack our products when we post them, and use as little as possible, this is not a cost saving exercise but we are trying to help the environment and reduce the amount of waste created by over packing items. Everything is made in the UK and we manufacture our products in Worcestershire.
We are members of many organisations in the equine industry It is so important for us to be recognised as members. It shows our commitment to fully understanding our products and services to our customers. I attend regular training courses and seminars to ensure i am fully aware of developments in the equine industry in saddlery and product development. Nigel is a qualified saddle fitter with the Society of Master Saddlers.
Like all small businesses, cashflow is vital to us and we ask for payment for saddles and fitting to be made on the day.
You can pay by cash, bank transfer, PayPal or by credit and debit cards using our SQUARE card machine.
All payments are taken in line with Financial Conducts guidelines and details of our company registration and insurances are available on request
Professional and fully qualified saddle, girth and bridle fitting carried out on site. Fully insured and COVID secure procedures are followed.
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"What is the best way to actually look after your leather horse riding equipment?" is a question I get asked a lot. The answer is not always that straightforward as it depends how often you ride, how old is your tack? The first thing to remember is you do need to have a cleaning programme with your leather tack in order to protect it, get the most out of it, make sure it is comfortable for you and your horse. Also, inspecting your tack regularly allows you to spot any problems before they get too bad....splitting leather is a problem waiting to happen. Especially on stirrup leathers and bridles.
Tack cleaning - after each ride it is a good idea to wipe down your tack and remove any sweat, dirt, grease and saliva...Use the Balmoral everyday cleaner, its a solution of water based plant and citrus based cleaner in a pump spray..a couple of squirts and a wipe down will hep prevent the build of a dirt.
Remove saddle cloth - Always a good idea to remove your saddle cloth before storing your saddle, heat will continue to transfer from your cloth, sweat is the enemy of leather as it is very corrosive as it dries.
Conditioning leather - Once a month it is a good idea to apply a conditioner to your saddle to help provide a layer of protection and help feed the leather to prolong its life, keeping the leather soft and supple and it makes cleaning the leather easier.
Full grain leather is the best leather you can get, most saddles and bridles are made with this leather and you need to look after it whether it is old or new. The leather is a skin of course and like all skins, it has a PH level that you need to be aware of. Leather has a PH of between 4.5 and 5,5 which puts it in the alkaline range.
Cleaning leather with the wrong products can affect the PH and ultimately create a problem. Any products that are chemical based tend to be in the acidic range, therefore using products like this will have a negative effect on the leather. You need to use PH neutral products where possible.
All our leather care products are PH neutral and are manufactured specifically for full grain leather used in horse riding tack.