philosophy
Made-to-measure saddles get the best from your horse, riding comfort and performance are enhanced and you can be sure that you are taking the best possible care of your animal.

We believe that the secret of made-to-measure saddles lies in the fit of the tree - the internal frame on which the saddle is built. Our manufacturing process depends on using a tree, which conforms best to the breed and style of horse and the selection of the optimum type, style and shape of tree.
No two horses are the same – they vary in width, length, girth and ‘true drop’ ie bend in the horse’s back.

Accurately assessing this variation and producing a template is the starting point. It is then possible to produce different saddle styles for different riding activities - from general purpose riding to eventing, dressage and jumping. It also deals with so called ‘problem’ horses, which by virtue of size and/or shape do not conform to a standard saddle model.

So, each range of Jeremy Rudge saddles has a different configuration of tree, specially selected for different breeds and shapes of horse.
When placed on the horse’s back, the tree should be so designed and constructed that it has close contact over most of its surface area. The key fit is in the tree head, which should correspond accurately to the angle of the wither. The length and angle of the rail determines fit along the horse’s back, whilst the width of the ‘twist’ – the narrowest part of the tree – controls fit across the back.

Get the tree right in terms of type, style and fit and you are well on the way to a high quality, high performance saddle. Building a saddle around an ill-fitting tree merely transfers the degree of poor fit into the finished saddle.
Made–to-measure saddles need the knowledge and expertise of a master saddler, combined with the skills of a qualified fitter.

The aim is to have a saddle, which rests on the animal’s strong back (longissimus dorsi) muscle - with sufficient width to keep the spine free. Correct fit maximises load bearing, distributing the rider’s weight evenly.

A good fitting saddle means;
  • the head corresponds accurately to the angle of the wither
  • a balanced seat
  • a good fit across the back
  • a good fit along the back
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Vet's View
'Not all horses react in the same way to problems. Some horses are more pain tolerant and will put up with a badly fitting saddle, but it can lead to lack of performance and there can be serious long term effects.’

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