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    Default Saddle fitter in Kent

    I have just bought a second hand saddle and am in need of a saddle fitter that can travel to south east kent? I have two people in mind which are andrew reilly as i had him previously and clive bending? Hopefully i am only going to need the flocking altered but want to know i am getting someone trustworthy out. Would really appreciate first hand suggestions from people and an idea on price? Thanks.


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    Default Re: Saddle fitter in Kent

    Clive Bending sold me an Ideal saddle saying the one my horse had didn't fit. Unfortunately I wasn't very clued up at the time. The saddle he replaced was a Kieffer GP which is adjustable, it could have been adjusted to fit my horse but he chose to sell me a brand new Ideal. At the time I didn't realise the Kieffer was fully adjustable but as a saddle fitter he should have known this and in my opinion he should have told me that too.

    I know it could have been adjusted because I have since had it re-fitted to two different horses without issue. I didn't use Clive again, nor could I recommend him based on this experience.

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    OMG thats not good and i literally just this second booked with him. Think i will be cancelling that appointment as i am most worried about a saddler coming out and trying to sell me one of theirs without bothering with mine. Ah this is so stressful!!


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    Default Re: Saddle fitter in Kent

    It's so hard to know what to do isn't it. I actually ended up doing the Society of Master Saddlers foundation course in saddle fitting because I got sick and tired of being unhappy with the fit of my saddle but not feeling confident enough to disagree with the saddler.

    All I can say is this, if you chose a person who has the master saddle fitter qualification you will have some form of comeback. If they aren't a member of the SMS you have to take your chances if you have an issue.

    Here is the link to the Master Saddlers site http://www.mastersaddlers.co.uk/ it's worth spending a few moments reading the section on saddle fitting and finding a fitter.

    I think that when you phone a fitter one of the first things you should ask is their qualifications. I'm sure in other areas of the country there are people who are really good but not qualified - my experience of fitters in the South East has not reflected that.

    Good luck

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    Default Re: Saddle fitter in Kent

    Thank you for your respons pottler. When i ask for qualifications what is it i am looking for? I have no clue when it comes to saddle fitting and if i had the funds would go and do a course straight away myself! I was considering a master saddle as there is one i previously had on my old horse and so you suggesting that confirms it was a good idea of mine.


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    Kirsty oxby all the way shes fab

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    Default Re: Saddle fitter in Kent

    Peter Husbands is very good. He's based in Ryarsh.

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    Second Peter Husband, he is very thorough, i have his number if you want. He came out to me at Sevenoaks. I had a fitter off of the master saddlers website who I would never use again after selling me a completely unsuitable and ill-fitting saddle, combined with absolutely no desire to come back out and put it right. Happy for people to pm if they want to know who, but wont post on here.

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    Default Re: Saddle fitter in Kent

    Hi

    Thats a shame about Clive Bending - I had heard only good things about him.... But I have also heard bad comments about Kirsty Oxby.....

    I have used Howard at the Saddlery and Gunroom for quite a few of our saddles until recently was very pleased (reasons for which I will not put on a public forum)

    So I am now trying Ted at Woldingham.....he is booked to come out this week....

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    Default Re: Saddle fitter in Kent

    I have now booked with andrew reilly who i had in the past. If anyone know anything bad or good about him would be much appreciated? the earliest he could come out was the 2nd october so im taking this as a good sign that he is booked up unlike ken lyndon dyke who was able to do me just three days later when i rang him which was on a saturday being the busiest of all days i would of assumed. Kinda made me worried as to why he wasnt so busy if supposedly so good. Thanks for everyones input so far it is greatly appreciated.


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