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About us

Wessex Saddles was created by Lynda Swindells, SMS QSF, MSFC Dip.

 

Whole Horse Approach

 

When you ask for a saddle fitting from Wessex Saddles, Lynda Swindells believes that it is not just the saddle that should be looked at, but the whole horse.  Applying her extensive knowledge of equine anatomy and saddle performance, Lynda will check the horse’s back as well as the saddle for soundness and suitability. The horse’s comfort and soundness is checked thorough static and a dynamic assessment of the saddle. Lynda will look at the horse’s anatomy as well as its locomotion to see how the saddle affects gait.

 

Whole Rider Approach

 

If the rider doesn’t fit the saddle, they will find it difficult to find the right position and, in turn, will make the horse uncomfortable, which could impact on his performance. Lynda from Wessex Saddles will check the rider, as well as the horse, during the dynamic and static assessments of the saddle.

 

Lynda Swindells' Credentials

 

Lynda Swindells from Wessex Saddles has over 30 years’ experience of working professionally with horses, from Olympic to local level in eventing, showjumping, showing, stud work, driving… the list goes on!

 

 

As her children got older and more independent, Lynda retrained as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist.  The more work Lynda did as a therapist, the more she found problems caused by poorly fitted saddles. Many of her clients asked if she could help with this too and so Wessex Saddles was born.

She did her initial saddle fitting training in Holland through the MSFC, and then went on to take her Society of Master Saddlers Qualified Saddle Fitter exam (SMS QSF), probably the most recognised qualification in the world. At the time of writing, Lynda was one of only five people in the world to possess both qualifications.

 

As a completely independent saddle fitter holding the highest of qualifications, Lynda offers invaluable advice that you know can trust.

 

Lynda has done other formal training with Equissage Europe, The Saddle Company & the Cumbria School of Saddlery.

 

Lynda is fully insured for Saddle Fitting, sales and repairs.