For all horses...

The Total Contact Saddle (TCS) is a treeless saddle that wraps around the horse. As such it has no distinct shape (it's delivered to you flat) and it adopts the shape of the horse - all year, in all conditions, all breeds and conformations.

  • The Total Contact Saddle was designed to give the closest possible contact with the horse whilst keeping the security of stirrups. The minimalist design strips away unnecessary padding, tree, cantle and pommel to deliver direct communication between horse and rider. The rider can now really feel the horse – often for the first time – and, as importantly, the horse can feel the rider.

  • It places the rider in a position where increased rapport with the horse is possible and so the horse can feel the rider easier, making aids softer, and the rider can feel the horse more, meaning that they can understand what's happening under them better. It has no flocking to worry about and doesn't need saddle fitter call outs to check it or to alter it in any way.

For all riders…

The TCS places the rider just behind the centre of gravity of the horse and so makes it easier for the horse to carry the weight of the rider, and move more freely in all gaits. With the Total Contact Saddle, the rider is effectively sitting on the horse, and not perched above it as in a conventional saddle, so can learn to feel the direct movement of the horse as it flexes its muscles through the back.

  • The rider can learn to notice if their horse becomes anxious, and calm the horse down before it naps or seeks to avoid a situation, and confidence can then be given to the horse by the rider as both learn to ride together. The sensation of feeling the horse is a new one to many riders as they transition to the Total Contact Saddle and one that allows them to effect better control and use less leg and rein aids to change gait or direction.

  • The saddle has been used successfully by riders as young as three, with clients using their TCS for a wide range of disciplines – from hacking and schooling to endurance rides, cross country and show jumping.

    Got questions about using a Total Contact Saddle? No problem - read our FAQ.

Ten reasons to love Total Contact Saddles

1. It fits literally any horse! From large flat-backed tabletopped horses to high withered, dippy backed horses, from very young horses to very old, the Total Contact Saddle will fit them - no matter what size or shape they are.

2. Incredible connection. The simple, minimalist design gives you the connection of riding bareback, yet with the security of stirrups. You can feel your horse, and they can feel you.

3. It's an incredibly economic choice. The Total Contact Saddle costs a fraction of most saddles and doesn't require expensive saddle fitting.

4. It'll make you a better rider! The Total Contact Saddle gives you a much better seat and encourages you to use your core muscles, making you a better and much more responsive rider.

5. It's a wonderful saddle for young riders - and young horses, too. What better way to begin your riding journey than with a lightweight saddle (it weighs less than 1.5kg!) that's gentle to the horse and encourages responsive riding right from the start.

6. Finally a saddle that doesn't slip! Many clients who've experienced saddles slipping in the past report that their Total Contact Saddle consistently stays put and doesn't slip.

7. It's a brilliant solution for riders who suffer with back and hip problems. Many clients are delighted that they can finally ride in comfort again.

8. No pressure. Worrying about pressure on your horses' back is natural - yet the Total Contact Saddle has been rigorously pressure tested and out-performs many leading saddle brands.

9. Perfect for riders of any age and ability. First-time riders to long-term riders use their Total Contact Saddle for all kinds of disciplines, including endurance riding, showjumping, cross country and horseback archery!

10. It's so much fun! With an incredible connection between you and your horse, you can't fail to have fun with your Total Contact Saddle.

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