Who we are


  • The Saddle Research Trust, Registered Charity No. 1182661 (England and Wales) and a member of the Small Charities Coalition, was founded in 2009.
  • “For the public benefit,

    (i)            the advancement of animal welfare;

    (ii)          the advancement of health or the saving of lives, and

    (iii)         the advancement of education

    by conducting or commissioning research on the subject of horse, rider and sadddlery interaction, and by the publishing and dissemination of the results of this and other relevant research in the field, through a variety of platforms including a public conference.”

    We aim to promote the health, welfare, safety and performance of ridden horses and riders. Evidence-based information and advice help riders and owners to understand and identify when their horse is underperforming, lame or in pain. The information provided can help to keep riders safe by enabling them to identify issues before they become a problem and a potential danger.

  • Education helps horse owners and riders to understand that horses communicate their pain or discomfort in a way that is often misinterpreted as “naughty” or “disobedient”; this conflict behaviour can result in injury to horse, rider and to the general public.
  • Freely available, open access, web-based resources and e-newsletters are provided for everyone – no membership is needed.
  • The SRT supports the continued professional development of professional practitioners and education of equine science students. The SRT also offers scholarship opportunities for saddle fitting training.
  • The SRT helps to identify knowledge gaps and facilitates scientific research in an area which is widely acknowledged as difficult and expensive to carry out due to its complexity.
  • The SRT offers opportunities for supervision, mentoring, advice and practical assistance to student equine researchers to facilitate the improvement of the quality of equine research.

SRT2018 is our 3rd International Conference with a wonderful line up of world-renowned equine scientists presenting the latest equine research and is generously supported by leading equine brands and organisations. By working together and putting scientific research into practice we can achieve so much to improve welfare and performance of our equine and human athletes.

Join us on December 8th at Nottingham University’s DeVere Conference Centre for this groundbreaking event.

SRT2018 Horse, Rider, Saddlery Interactions: Welfare and Performance

We like to extend our grateful thanks to all of our sponsors who have made this exciting event a reality. There is still time to join them and help SRT2018 achieve even more. Contact us for details.