Helen & Sam with Hoku & Hiro - both Italian Thoroughbreds in Spain 07/01/19
When my horses were two year olds I began my saddle research. Having been on a steep re-learning curve since their arrival, having questioned everything I knew previously about horses and figured it was mostly wrong, and not having not bought a saddle for 35 years, I figured I needed help. When there is a serious task to achieve, I strongly believe in hiring a professional person with far more experience than me. And as I researched for a western saddle fitter, all roads led to Maria. I am so very glad I found her.
By fate really, but that’s another story, I have two high-spirited Italian racehorses, now 9 years old; Hoku, a small fine-boned trotter and Hiro, 15.3 Thoroughbred. Hoku is nimble, Hiro highly competitive, both are friendly and fast. Our intention was to trail ride in western saddles.
When I contacted Maria I had been hunting for saddles on the internet for far too long getting nowhere. I realised most saddle sites were trying to sell saddles. What I needed was advice and fitting as well as guidance on what saddles to buy. I did not want to make a mistake, or make do with a saddle that was not quite right. I absolutely did not want to cause the horses any discomfort. The idea was that life with us was kind, safe and fun. Maria was super-helpful from the outset. I told her what I had been looking at and what we hoped to achieve, and she Kindly steered me in the right direction.