“A great way to give something back.”

The half term holiday saw a group of horsey youngsters visit Chester based Freedom Saddlery.

The group enjoyed a hot chocolate-fuelled saddles debrief with Steph Bradley of Freedom Saddlery. 

They were from Conwy Community Riding Centre which aims to provide affordable riding and make equestrian activities accessible to all ages and abilities.  

The chance to get hands-on with some practical saddle fitting proved very popular, followed by examining a broken saddle, watching gullet changing and flocking – plus hot chocolate all round. 

Everyone left with homework; to check their own saddles for safety and wear when they clean their tack. 

“They were so interested in everything, and asked lots of questions,” said Steph Bradley, who owns Freedom Saddlery and is an SMS qualified Master Saddle Fitter. 

“It was a great way to spend an afternoon giving something back. After all, they are the equestrian industry’s next generation and maybe even saddle fitters of the future.”

Youngsters from Conwy Community Riding Centre are fascinated to learn about saddle fitting.