A Concept Becomes a Reality – The Arabian Saddle
Over the years we had built saddles for all breeds of horses but never devoted a whole range for one particular type of horse.
In 1990 an idea germinated in the offices of Lovatt & Ricketts Saddles® in Walsall England, a novel idea; a range of saddles designed specifically for the different activities enjoyed by the Arabian horse owner. Stephen Lovatt, the owner of the company, had been spending the weekend with his very dear friend, the well-known and highly acclaimed Equestrian author, Elwyn Hartley-Edwards when they paid a visit to a mutual acquaintance who owned a local Arabian farm. The conversation evolved to the difficulty of finding a good fitting saddle that accommodated the particular characteristics of the Arabian horse.
The first step was to produce a saddle tree taking into account the configuration of the Arabian’s back. Proto-types were then made for testing by Arabian owners. We initially concentrated on our Endurance saddle, because if you can make a horse and rider comfortable after hours of riding – in some cases 100 miles in a day- you have a sound platform for a range of saddles.
Many years have been spent, defining and refining the requirements of this range of saddles, with the assistance of Arabian horse owners and breeders worldwide until we were absolutely certain that we had produced a saddle, which included all of the features that were required.
For over 20 years we have been speaking to and visiting Arabian owners and breeders, professional and amateurs alike. We now have many thousands of riders in Europe, Scandinavia, The Middle East, U.S.A., Canada, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Korea using our saddles.
The Saddle Maker
All of the saddles illustrated on this site are produced by our sister company Lovatt & Ricketts Saddles® in the town of Walsall, England. Walsall has been the center of English Saddle Making for several hundred years. With this wealth of experience we are able to produce a work of art in leather that will give many years of pleasure and enjoyment. Each and every one of our saddles are hand made by an individual craftsman; not mass produced on a production line. We pride ourselves in using only traditional natural materials.
Our saddle trees are built by hand using laminated beech wood, and then reinforced with steel for strength and durability. All of our leather is of a premium grade English or European hide. Tanned and curried as it has been for generations. It is then hand finished to achieve the look and feel that is synonymous with quality the world over. As the proud owner of a Lovatt& Ricketts Saddle® you will have bought an investment that will turn into a treasured heirloom.
The design has proved successful for other difficult to fit horse breeds.
See our selection under the Lovatt & Ricketts range.