This website is now set up as an archive to share information about the work & research that the BALANCE Organisation & The BALANCE Saddle Company, have done over 30 years. 

We invite anyone who has an interest in the health, soundness, welfare and performance of ridden horses to make use of it. 



home of 'Functional Saddling'


by the horse


trusting his feedback


who put horses first


deserve comfort and care


unleashing the potential of every horse


dramatic recoveries that

speak for themselves


exposing the flaws


with a whole Way forward…

This is BALANCE Organisation

Formed in 1993 to teach and encourage the use of an alternative approach to saddling, that went on to be called The BALANCE Saddling System.

This is a type/method of Functional Saddling studies and respects the way ridden horses need to use their bodies to stay healthy and sound. For this reason, it is very different to the conventional saddle fitting practices that most horse owners are used to.

This website is a resource for anyone who wants to learn more about about Functional Saddling and the history of the BALANCE organisation’s role in its discovery and development.

Client Testimonials

BALANCE Blog Posts

Looking back at BALANCE history and finding the future.

Looking back at BALANCE history and finding the future.

It is February in 2023 and I find myself in the grip of a frenzy of sorting and editing many things in my home and my life! As our dear Teressa (fellow director and manager of the sales side of BALANCE) will testify, I am, by nature a hoarder.   She, by contrast is not, and would happily order a...

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A story of our times?

A story of our times?

A story about a nice, but ordinary horse, who finds himself in a bit of a pickle because his person gets led astray by a fancy saddle and an ambition to ride like an Olympian. Are you sitting comfortably?   Then we will begin.... If we create a fictitious recreational rider it will serve to identify and discuss some...

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Did someone say that life was getting back to normal?

Did someone say that life was getting back to normal?

Stop the Bus ……. I want to get off! I remember saying to people at the end of 2021 ……… “It’s been a tough 2 years, but surely 2022 is going to be better”.   🤞 I really believed it too.  I thought that Covid would become less and less disruptive and that the fall out from Brexit would start...

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Complementary Medicine comes to Joey's rescue.

Complementary Medicine comes to Joey's rescue.

Joey’s Story, in which Chrissie Mason works her ‘magic’ again. Author: Teressa Pickford     Editor: L. Taylor-Brett   You might be interested in reading about examples of how Chrissie Mason Phd. has helped me to help my horses over the past few years.  Most recently with my husbands horse, Joey.  Lesley posted a Blog a few months ago about...

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BALANCE Functional Saddling

A whole approach to designing, choosing and using saddles that respects and protects the ridden horse’s health, soundness and well-being.

Maintenance Saddling

A simple Saddling System that works to maintain healthy musculature, posture, movement & performance in the ridden horse.

BALANCE Functional Padding System

Versatile and adjustable pads, for horses to experience comfort & freedom, when used under an appropriate BALANCE saddle, or other makes of saddle with the right design features and width options.

Remedial Saddling

Helping horses to recover to their full health and ability after illness, lameness or previous saddle damage.

Beyond the Saddle

Application of Functional Saddling supports the aim of riders who study & respect the bio-mechanics of efficient, safe & therefore, beautiful movement in their horses.

International Support

Helping people & helping horses around the world, through a TEAM of dedicated & trained Saddle Consultants or Test Ride Facilitators in addition to support from BALANCE HQ.