Why Choose Ava Saddles?
High quality made to measure saddle
The Ava Saddles range offers high quality, tailor made saddles at affordable prices. Ava saddles are designed to suit both horse and rider and our bespoke saddles can be made to fit all shapes and sizes. For example, extra length of leg may be required for a tall rider, or a horse with a big shoulder may need extra space for movement – these and any other issue of conformation can be catered for.
Personalised aftercare service
At Ava Saddles we pride ourselves on supporting our clients long after the delivery of their new saddle. As well as providing guidance and advice as you choose and order your new saddle, we are at hand to help you with ongoing saddle care and maintenance and regular checks. We enjoy working with clients to ensure their Ava saddle continues to fit their horse perfectly for many years to come.
Why choose the Flair system?
Ava saddles are available with the Flair air system, which has been designed to reduce pressure points and improve saddle fit, comfort and performance. The majority of back-related problems in horses stem from poorly fitting saddles, and the Flair system will help minimise these issues and safeguard the well-being of your horse.
Flair is a system of four air bags that replace the traditional flocking used in saddles. The external appearance of a Flair saddle is the same as a traditional saddle, but the air bags mean that a Flair saddle can be adjusted by a qualified fitter to balance the saddle perfectly from front to back and from side to side, even if the horse has uneven muscle development or unusual conformation.
- The Flair system reduces pressure points and offers a wide bearing surface, which increases horse comfort and ability to engage and perform well. Flair provides a constant level of shock absorption, and increases the sensitivity of the aides from the rider’s lower back and seat.
- The Flair system has been independently tested and has been shown to have a positive effect on horse comfort and equine movement.
- One of the key features of the Flair system is that it allows the saddle to be easily adjusted by a qualified fitter should the horse change size and shape with age, fitness and time of year. This makes a Flair saddle versatile and an excellent investment in your horse’s long-term health and well-being.
- All saddles in the Ava range are available with the Flair system.
Wonderful personal service ensuring saddle fitted both myself and my horse.
Amy Bratt, Stafford
My Ava saddle was fitted by Claire, in Spring 2016. I have not looked back since.
Alison Elliot, Paisley, Scotland
From the first time she had the new saddle on she looked more relaxed and moved more freely. Six months on and she is a different horse.
Judith Warr, Bradford
Both girls have got a Saddle for life now though, definitely a worthwhile investment! Fantastic quality and great looking saddles! Thank you so much Claire Fitzmaurice! Highly recommended!
Izzy Scott, Riding Instructor, Otley
Ava saddles truly is a saddle for life for you and your horse ... Can’t recommend Ava saddles enough.
Jane Flickler, Cambridge
Claire has a fantastic eye for detail and is incredibly thorough, I am 100% happy with my Ava saddles! I would recommend Ava to everyone I know.
Emma Littlewood, Leeds
Just wanted to let you know how simply awesome the saddle is and how it has transformed our work in the school/competition/jumping!!
Nicki Owen, West Cumbria
Claire is excellent at fitting and you can be confident she will get you & your horse(s) comfortable.
Jenny Stone, Lancashire
I can’t believe the change in me and my horse. He’s more forward, very relaxed and really consistent...Can’t recommend her and her glorious saddles enough. I’ve even got a bit of bling… — feeling excited
Nicky Hudson, Lancashire
It is now possible to ride my boy knowing that he is no longer in discomfort or pain. I don’t know how I will ever be able to thank you.
Natashia Copping, Preston
Finally found a saddle that fits my rather wide cob after years of slipping saddles. My only regret is that I did not find Ava saddles sooner.
Gill Auger, Wirral
A year on the difference in Jake is amazing! He is now using himself more effectively ... and my physio has commented on how supple he is in his back