Holistic Equine Saddlery & Tack (HEST) was originally established in 2004 as Holistic Equine Sport Therapy, by me: Dianne Pascoe. I qualified in 2004 as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist from the Australian College of Animal Tactile Therapy (Acatt).
After a few years of treating sore backed horses, I concluded that 99% of the horses I was treating had saddle fit problems and were being made sore by their saddles. I decided to find a solution to this problem rather than constantly treating the symptoms caused by ill-fitting saddles.
The Solution - offer saddles that are either adjustable or flexible or both, and educate riders on how to fit these saddles to their horses themselves!
For a number of years I was an agent for Horse Connection who imported Barefoot and Freeform Treeless saddles. And then a little later, the Hidalgo leather tree saddles.
In early 2013, I discovered Kuda Flex Saddles and after many hours of testing, I concluded that these saddles would make an excellent alternative to traditional treed Western saddles. After all, All horses deserve maximum freedom to move under the saddle. Kuda Saddles are 100% made in the USA out of the finest leather available. They are made whoa-to-go by one highly skilled saddle maker. Kuda Saddles Australia has it's own dedicated website that you can find here https://www.kudasaddles.com.au/
In October 2016, I expanded my range again and became a dealer and Australian distributor for DP Saddlery LP (Deuber & Partner) The Saddlemaker. DP Saddlery have been making quality saddles for over 20 years and are highly popular in Europe and the US and now here in Australia too! These saddles are just plain INCREDIBLE! They are all fully adjustable with an Allen Wrench, so you can adjust the fit yourself as and when required. You can use the same saddle on many different horses! They have either a carbon fibre flexible tree or a highly flexible leather tree. DP make Baroque, English, Western, Icelandic, and my personal favourite, a Treeless range called Startrekk. To find out more please visit my fully dedicated website for our DP range here https://www.dpsaddlery.com.au/
Continuing to find that Treeless saddles are often the answer for many horse and rider combinations, I accepted an invitation in April 2019 to become a GHOST Treeless Saddle Dealer. The Italian made Ghost and Cavillin treeless saddles are truly incredible: they are pretty much a 'modular' saddle, with one base being compatible with many different seat styles. You can literally ride in a Dressage saddle in the morning and then swap out the seat for one of the fabulous trail models for an afternoon ride in the bush - using the same saddle base! They're just fantastic! You will find more information on the Ghost saddles here https://www.hest.com.au/ghost-saddles
If you're a dyed in the wool English saddles only fan, then go no further than the wonderful Heather Moffett Treeless and Leather Tree saddles https://www.hest.com.au/hm-flexee-saddles and soft tree saddles https://www.hest.com.au/hm-vogue-saddles Again, these saddles are beautifully made and fully adjustable as well as being very reasonably priced!
Mr T and I test all new brands for you before we agree to represent them. If it doesn't get Mr T's stamp of approval it doesn't go past whoa!
I have 3 websites so it can be a bit overwhelming I know, but https://www.hest.com.au/ is the central website for all of the brands and products that I sell. From here you can link to more details on the DP and Kuda Flex saddles. Ghost, Heather Moffett and Mattes Fellsattels can only be found on the HEST website.
Any questions please feel free to drop me a line here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for reading xx