Jeremy Rudge Saddlery recognises that it is the responsibility of the saddle maker and fitter to manage expectations of made-to-measure and address the needs of horse and rider. This is particularly important with owners of warm bloods, natives, and some Arab breeds where animals can be broad and flat backed. Tree selection is vital.

Each range of Jeremy Rudge saddle has a different configuration of tree , specially selected for different shapes of horse. Each tree takes account of width, length, angle and ‘true drop’ ie the bend in the horse’s back.


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It is important to treat your saddle before its first use with a good quality leather care cream or balsam conditioner. Some small blemishes in the leather may be apparent but these are entirely natural and should not be considered a defect. If you have purchased a saddle with buffalo, doeskin, suede or other specialist leathers please contact your retailer for detailed treatment and care information.
Only use the saddle on the horse for which it was made and fitted.
We recommend riding in the correct riding trousers. Avoid trousers with a raised seam such as jeans, as they can cause uneven or increased wear on the saddle seat.
We recommend that all tack is cleaned each time after use. Wipe away any dirt and grease with a damp sponge/cloth and allow the leather to dry naturally. Then, treat with a good quality leather care cream or balsam conditioner. Always clean stirrup leathers at the same time as the saddle. Hard or untreated stirrup leathers can damage saddle flaps.
Avoid using saddle soaps, solvents and oil as these may strip the leather of its natural waxes and grease.
If the saddle becomes wet, allow it to dry naturally. Under no circumstances should wet leather be exposed to direct heat, bright sunshine or extreme temperature.
Saddles should be stored in a dry place in moderate temperatures.
Avoid direct heat sources or hot environments.
Check your saddle regularly, including
stitching, for signs of wear and tear.
Have your saddle checked by a qualified
saddle maker or registered saddle fitter, at
least annually, for condition, fit and balance.
A Vets View
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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