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Elevator, the mare who inspired the comfort range of bridles, has died at the age of 31.

Lorraine Greene’s “little chestnut mare with the huge heart” was put to sleep after a bout of colic.

The problems Lorraine encountered with “Ellie” while concentrating on dressage prompted her to design the Elevator bridle – which relieves pressure on the horse’s sensitive poll area.

Lorraine told H&H: “She was a typical ‘red-haired female’ – plenty to say for herself, attitude in abundance and sensitive to the point of no return.”

A qualified saddle fitter, Lorraine tried “all sorts of padded contraptions” on Ellie’s head before she found a design that worked.

The range now includes saddles, girths and headcollars.

“Ellie had a great life showjumping, eventing, dressage and in her later years competed in the veteran classes – much to her dismay, as she still thought of herself as a filly!” said Lorraine.