Saddling Consultation booking form
A Saddling Consultation allows you to gather information and try a ‘Functional Saddling’ method using BALANCE equipment (saddles and pads) without fear of being pressured into purchasing anything! The BALANCE registered Consultants have all been selected by BALANCE because they have had many years of experience as BALANCE Saddle users and have also been given additional training to help horse owners to explore this alternative and highly effective approach to saddling.
They all know what it is like to be a BALANCE customer and therefore can appreciate the situation from your perspective.
It is essential to emphasise that a BALANCE saddle cannot be expected to solve all equine and rider problems. However, it is true to say that many cases of unsoundness, poor performance, behavioural problems and general ill health have a direct connection with the way that the ridden horse tries to cope with the restrictions and discomfort of an inappropriate saddle.
If there are no obvious ‘problems’ with your horse, you may still be amazed to discover how much better he/she can move in a different way of saddling. However, if you have been experiencing a specific problem with your horse, the consultation may help to clarify whether your current saddle is contributing or not.
The BALANCE Saddling System is designed to respect and support the needs of the horse that is moving in a bio-mechanically efficient and *engaged state.
* For the horse to be carrying weight whilst in a disengaged state subjects it to stress and damage on physical, mental and emotional levels and is difficult to justify at a time when few people need to ride for anything other than their own pleasure and entertainment.
Information about the content/format of the saddle Saddling Consultation
Time to allow
You will need to allow at least two, uninterrupted hours of your time for the Test Ride Session. (We may not need this long but best to allow this length of time.)
A Suitable Venue:
You will need to have access to a suitable place to ride e.g. indoor school (almost an essential in the winter in order to avoid problems with the weather) otherwise, an outdoor arena or field with good footing. You do not normally need to do more than walk and trot during the consultation, although if it is appropriate you can do more. If you want a jumping style saddle, it is important that you jump during your consultation.
What happens during a Saddling Consultation?
Your safety and the safety of your horse are a priority and the consultant will want to see you ride in your current saddle for a short time to be confident that the horse is sound and that you are balanced enough in your own body to NOT be relying on a tightly fitted saddle.
She will make a note of any suspected saddle related issues that she can see. She may also take photographs of you sitting in your current saddle,or of the horses shape for her own records.
Please note that if the consultant does not feel that it would be safe for you to ride in a BALANCE saddle, she has the right to refuse to proceed beyond this point. For example:
- The horse or pony is unsound, too weak, unhealthy, unsafe to ride.
- The rider is too heavy for the horse.
- The horse is less than 3 years of age.
- The riding area is not safe enough.
- The rider is too crooked and unbalanced to ride safely in a BALANCE saddle.
Most of these problems will be avoided if you have provided the consultant with the correct information BEFORE the appointment is made. Remember, that the fee that she needs to charge to cover her time and travel expenses, must be paid to her, even if, for reasons beyond her control, it is not possible for the horse to be ridden in a BALANCE saddle.
Once she has seen you ride in your own saddle, she will show you how to use one or more of the BALANCE saddles and pads correctly and will give you an explanation about how and why the saddles are designed and ‘fitted’ differently to conventional saddles. Between you, your horse and the TRF, you will then be able to compare the movement of your horse in its own saddle and a variety of BALANCE saddles. (If the consultant can see ways of improving the way your current saddle is working for your horse, she will be happy to make suggestions) She will be assessing your horse’s feedback about the various saddle options you will try, to determine which tree, panel type and width of saddle is most comfortable for your horse and which style and seat length you prefer. From this information she will create a Summary/ Order Form that she will give to you at the end of the session, or email to you when she gets home.
What happens if you want to buy a saddle?
If you want to take the next step and order a BALANCE saddle, the consultant can help you to gather all the data that BALANCE will need you to submit to the office.
The BALANCE registered consultants are not employed by BALANCE. If you decide to buy a new BALANCE saddle from The BALANCE Saddle Company, the consultant will earn a modest ‘commission’. However, none of the TRFs are sales-people! They all care deeply about the health and comfort of the horses they see, and they believe in the benefits of using BALANCE saddles, but they will never put any pressure on a horse owner to buy anything. In order to do this, they need to make a reasonable charge for their time and travel costs.
Cost: $185 If you come to me or a venue where I am working at. There may be an additional travel fee if I am traveling to you for a single consultation.
A Whole Way forward…
For some horses, unnatural patterns of movement, muscle development and posture have been created by past discomfort and restriction from saddles. Some of these problems are only exposed when the horse first tries a saddle that allows them to use their bodies fully. The full extent of their previous saddle restrictions may have been misdiagnosed as laziness, stiffness or a poor attitude to work. Sometimes a horse can recover well as soon as he gets a more comfortable saddle, but others need some time and the additional support of a Vet, Chiropractor, Osteopath or other therapist. If appropriate, this can be discussed during the Consultation.
Support after ordering/purchasing a saddle.
Most people enjoy the fact that they have the tools and the information they need to be self-reliant when it comes to managing their horse’s saddle comfort. However, we know that some of you will appreciate some extra support and after-care. If you keep in touch with us at the BALANCE office, we can guide you through the process and help with any queries that come up. Some of the BALANCE registered Test Ride Facilitators are also happy to provide follow-up, hands-on, help if you want it. You will need to talk to your consultant to see if she can offer follow-up re-assessments and discuss her charges directly.
Before a saddling consultation is booked, you will need to provide the consultant with enough, accurate information for her to check that she has an appropriate choice of saddle to bring out for you and your horse to try. Please fill out the form below.
- Full Payment will confirm your consultation booking unless you have made prior arrangements to pay with cash.
- Paying with Direct Deposit –Make payment to:-
Synquest Sales Acc.
BSB 082 842
Acc 189 434 768
(Please put your name in for the details).