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Saddlery Concerns
Monday, 13 April 2015 10:31

An amazing day on Friday 10th April when our members rode for top coach Nikki Herbert at our Accreditation Day for Instructors at Trumpington Hall. All were beautifully turned out and a real credit to CHPC. I am sure they all benefited from this experience and will have taken something home with them from the day.

Another inspiring day followed on Sunday 11th April when one of our members, Lottie Casey riding Pea took part in the Rider Development Pathway day at Chippenham  where riders benefited from riding under top trainers, Jill Day and Sue Ringrose. a wonderful opportunity for these young riders. The whole day was very encouraging and very  positive. It is good to see so much happening in the Pony Club to promote our talented youngsters.


It has come to my notice that there is some concern amongst the instructors of our Branch concerning the fitting of saddlery. It is so important that the tack is comfortable for the horse or pony and fits well. It can lead to a whole host of problems if left unremedied. Ponies can become reluctant to jump, can start napping, become head shy, even become lame, just for starters!  Saddles do need regular attention - ponies can change shape,  both with the seasons and with age. It is important to inspect your saddle regularly and check the underside to see that the stuffing hasn't become lumpy, another cause for discomfort.  We will be arranging a demonstration/educational session, so do try and come along. the bottom line is that if your tack is not fitting properly and we think is causing discomfort to your horse or pony then you will not be allowed to ride. Do remember that we are here to help.

All the best for the coming season.

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