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Not content with spending hours in the saddle on your horse? You can now relax in a saddle at home too.

Furniture specialist Halo has created a unique chair inspired by the English saddle — complete with stirrups.

“I grew up in the Scottish countryside, surrounded by farmland, and equestrian memories were my inspiration,” said designer Ryan McNeish.

“A saddle is a recognisable and functional piece of sporting equipment and I wanted to see it in an entirely different form. The metal stirrups that hang from each arm create a contrast between the cool, shine of steel and the warmth of the soft leather. I wanted to make an extraordinary statement chair that fuses comfort, individuality and style.”

The chair, which comes in six finishes, not only replicates a saddle’s shape but also has the same design techniques, such as piping along the arms (saddle flaps) and leather panels.

The chair costs £1,449.

For more information, visit www.haloliving.co.uk

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (11 August, 2011)