Saddlery & Classical Riding - Information in English

Welcome to our little family-run farm on the beautiful west coast of Norway, where we invite you to enjoy horse-friendly riding, traditional craftsmanship, and "the slow life" in harmony with nature.

 

 

"The Tackroom"


Riding near Bergen, Norway
Saddlefitting and saddles near Bergen, Norway
Livery yard with pastures near Bergen, Norway
Riding near Bergen, Norway

Riding lessons - horse training - livery yard

Qualified saddle fitting - saddlery workshop

Re-flocking, repairs, and alterations

Quality saddles made to measure

Bridlework made to measure - leather & Biothane

Guest house

Working students - working guests - workawayers welcome

Qualified tuition in English, German & Norwegian

Foraging & nature walks

Norway near Bergen

Horses grazing.
Horses enjoying the summer in one of our pastures.

* Qualified Saddle Fitter

Master Saddle Fitting Consultant MSFC

* Re-flocking, saddlery repairs, bridle- and leatherwork

Salmaker verktøy
Salmakerhåndverk som i gamle dager

* Fine English saddles - tailormade for you and your horse

 

Ideal - Crown - Exselle - Walsall Riding - Barclay


* Officially recognized riding centre

Authorized training yard for apprentices in the horse industry

Authorized Trainer, Judge RDT, Norwegian Equestrian Federation
Authorized Trainer, Judge RDT, Norwegian Equestrian Federation
Trainer Ass., German Equestrian Federation
Trainer Ass., German Equestrian Federation

Classical horsemanship, German thoroughness & English craftsmanship

- in the unique atmosphere of a working Norwegian mountain farm

Klassisk Ridning - galopp på tur
Classicism goes offroad!

 

   Ready for the real stuff?

 

   "Do less - get more!" 

 

   With our broad international background from the Classical Riding traditions of Germany and Austria, the German and Norwegian horse industry, academic studies in Germany, Ireland, and Norway, together with saddle fitting and saddlery knowledge inspired by that trade´s "mother country" England, we have a unique opportunity to offer our guests, students and customers the best of traditional horsemanship and craftsmanship, combined with the newest scientific knowledge in the fields of pedagogics and sports science - in the quiet, beautiful and relaxed surroundings of our mountain farm, where you can have it all to yourself.

 

   We have been proud to serve horses and riders at this location since 2004.

 

Part of our stables
Part of our stables
Our horses can enjoy themselves outside all day, all year
Our horses can enjoy themselves outside all day, all year

In the mountain pastures
In the mountain pastures
Fun in the snow
Fun in the snow
Autumn sun in the paddocks
Autumn sun in the paddocks

Qualified riding lessons and horse training

"Cavalry" training for bombproof horses
"Cavalry" training for bombproof horses
Rideundervisning privattimer
Oualified private lessons according to humane Classical principles

 

   Our trainer is qualified from both the Norwegian and the German Equestrian Federation, and her philosophy is rooted in the humane tradition of Classical Riding, and in the effective methods of the old cavalry schools for producing gutsy, easily handled horses, ready for the "real world" and all its challenges.

 

   We believe that horses who are happy, work best, so our horses are out all day with their friends.

 

   We offer lessons in riding, Classical in-hand work, loose schooling, horse handling and "horsemanship" - both on the rider´s own horse, and on our experienced schoolmasters.

 

   Since no horse can perform better than the rider´s athletic abilities allow, we offer Classical seat lessons on the lunge. Because when push comes to shove, riding is something you feel and do - not something you know and talk about. Our schoolmasters show you what riding should feel like, and how you get your body to actually do it.

 

   We also help you to school your own horse in a correct way of going, and to rehabilitate horses with weakly muscled backs.

 

   Our small, friendly livery yard offers your horse big, airy stables, all-day turnout summer and winter, an all-weather arena, and qualified personnel on-site all day, 7 days a week, ready to take good care of your horse, or give you the advice and help you require. In bad weather, you can seek refuge in our airy covered arena. Enjoy the feeling of the great outdoors, complete with murmuring brook round the corner - with a roof over your head.

 

 

Classical long-reining. (Visiting trainer Julia Hennings.)
Classical long-reining. (Visiting trainer Julia Hennings.)

Qualified saddle fitting & saddlery workshop

  

 

   We offer complete saddle care for the discerning rider - saddlefitting visits to your yard, reflocking, and repairs and individual adjustments of your tack in our own fully equipped saddlery workshop.

 

 

Qualified saddlefitting
Does your saddle fit?
Saddlery repairs
Safe, handsewn repairs with quality materials

  

   We can also create your made-to-measure, handmade bridle to match your saddle, either in finest English Sedgwick leather, or in weatherproof Biothane.

 

   For many years we have specialized in the training and rehabilitation of the horse with back problems, and remedial saddlefittig is some of the most rewarding work we do.

 

 

Rehabilitation for horses with back problems
Rehabilitation of horses with weak topline or back problems - schooling, athletic development, and remedial saddle fitting. TB mare before, and during, rehabilitation.

   

  

   We fit, check and adjust all kinds of saddles - regardless of manufacturer or type, as long as we are satisfied that they are a good fit for the horse.

 

   If you would like a new saddle, you can enjoy the unique opportunity to have your saddle tailor-made to fit you and your horse, and match your personal style - by the experienced craftsmen at the world-reknowned English saddle companies IDEAL and Jeremy Rudge.

 

 

 

Ideal saddles
Affordable luxury by market leader Ideal. If you ever thought riding was "hard", snuggle in and think again!
Jeremy Rudge saddles
Tailormade saddles with incredible attention to detail from Jeremy Rudge (photo: Jeremy Rudge Saddlery). Some of the highest build quality on some of the most horse-friendly trees we have ever seen.

  

   For us, saddlefitting still is finding out how a saddle needs to be for each individual partnership - from the tree outward.

   Anything else is just sales.  

   So we don´t just sell you whatever saddle we happen to have in stock.

   We have the saddle which your horse needs and which you want, made for you.  

 

   Because the easiest way to get a saddle that fits... is still to build it so that it does!

  

   This is why we only deal with companies where we can discuss your needs with other qualified saddlefitters and saddlers who are also active riders, and whom we have personally met.

   In their workshops, each saddle is still produced mainly by hand to exacting standards, from superior materials.

   This means that we can specify exactly what we want for you and your horse - this tree, that kind of panel, such-and-such a girthing position, these kneerolls, this shape for the seat, and oh, the rider would like this kind of leather, and a front facing in such a colour, and welting seams on the seat in this shade...

 

   Any saddle which is added to our range, is first tested by our own horses and saddlefitter, so we get to know each saddle and its behaviour on the horse.

 

   We keep a carefully curated collection of demo saddles, which you can test on your horse, and which will give you an impression of the many adjustments and variations to choose from.

 

 

    

  

   With the prize-winning EQUIscan measuring device, the Topographer Pro, and the equally decorated Horseback Simulator from EQUIscan, we can measure your horse´s back with great accuracy, easily visualize your saddle´s fit, and recreate your horse´s back shape in our saddlery workshop, to facilitate speedy and accurate adjustments to any saddle.

 

 

 

Saddlefitting - EQUIscan topographer Pro
Visualizing a saddle´s fit by inserting the "see-through" horse into the saddle, in the shape of the EQUIscan Topographer Pro
EQUIscan Horseback simulator
Checking a saddle´s fit in the workshop, on the EQUIscan Horseback Simulator (here: an elegant monoflap dressage by Jeremy Rudge).

  

  

   If you require help over long distances, a local EQUIscan measuring specialist can take a measurement of your horse for you, and send it to us - even from another country. We can then "recreate" your horse´s back in our workshop, and advise you on a suitable saddle, or have one made.

 

   We can also show you how you can templates of your horse´s back yourself, with a few inexpensive tools, which we then can convert into EQUIscan data in our workshop.

 

   Our qualified saddlefitter will be happy to assess your and your horse´s needs in a full saddle fitting consult, including all the stages recommended by the Society of Master Saddlers/ Master Saddle Fitting Consultants, whereever you live - through our unique live video "online saddlefitting" service.

 

   In addition to a thorough traditional saddlefitting consult, we can offer an additional pressure test of the saddle during riding, with the internationally acclaimed Port Lewis Impression Pad. This gives a 100 % direct and objective result after just a short ride, by means of a special medical gel, which will take and then keep an impression proportional to the pressure it receives.

 

 

Saddle pressure testing with the Port Lewis Impression Pad.
Saddle pressure testing with the Port Lewis Impression Pad. Here the saddle is a bit high in front, because of too much flocking in the front of the panel.
Pressure testing the saddle with the Port Lewis Impression Pad.
When the saddle is removed after a short test ride, the Port Lewis Pad shows a deeper impression at the front and at the back. After the flocking is adjusted, the saddle is balanced again and gives an even impression.

  

  

   We pride ourselves on our friendly customer service and dedicated follow-up for each horse and rider, and on the referrals we get from local vets and farriers.

 

   Most of our business is return, or recommendations by existing clients.

 

   We are not salesmen looking to sell you a product, but equine professionals who put the horse´s welfare and rider satisfaction first, and who will work with you, your horse and your saddle until the best possible result is achieved.

 

   Because even the best saddle can only do its best job, when it is fitted to the horse´s individual requirements, and followed up properly, on a horse who has a sound back, which can carry it in balance.

 

 

Welcome to our cosy, fully equipped saddlery workshop, operating out of the old farmhouse. The kettle is always on, and the log fire blazing in winter.
Welcome to our cosy, fully equipped saddlery workshop, operating out of the old farmhouse. The kettle is always on, and the log fire blazing in winter.
Saddlery workshop near Bergen Norway

Experience the real Norway - welcome to our guesthouse

   Visiting riders, working students, working guests, workawayers and holiday guests are welcome to stay in our fully furnished, comfy guesthouse set right inside a hill pasture, just a few meters from the stables.

 

   Here you can here the brook murmur, the owlets hoot, and the horses blow and move in their stables, at night, and in the morning it is just a few steps over to the yard for your morning ride.

 

   If you bring your own horse, he or she can relax in one of our spacious stables with all-day turnout. You are welcome to use our indoor/ outdoor arenas, and enjoy some qualified lessons if you wish.

  

 

Guesthouse in Norway.
Welcome to our guesthouse, with the green mountainside and the horses as your nearest neighbours.
Holidays amongst the horses.
Holidays amongst the horses.
Nature behind the guesthouse on riding centre in Norway
Behind the guesthouse

 

   Experience the "real", rural Norway, practically tourist-free - but only a half-hour´s drive from the historic Hanseatic city of Bergen, and ideally situated for day trips to many of Norway´s most famous attractions, be it fjords, glaciers, nature reserves, stave churches, waterfalls, or just the endless unspoilt wilderness. Breathe air so fresh and clean, enterprising marketers have actually bottled and exported it to polluted cities!

 

   Coastal and fresh-water fishing available (and you will probably have the water all to yourself...)

 

   Or what about a guided nature or wild food walk, picking up some goodies from the natural larder for your holiday cooking?  

 

Grasdal
Our local lake behind the pastures. This is the view our guests have from the patio.

 

   The local marina is just 5 min. away, the local golf course (rumoured to be among Europe´s finest), or the local heritage museum, and art gallery, just 10 min., and about 20 min. drive brings you to Åsane, with some of the area´s most varied and brand-new shopping centres, including the world´s largest IKEA store.

 

   The region is home to many other attractions and events both natural and cultural, so whether you are looking for something to do, or your very own spot to get away from it all, it should be easy to find.

 

  

Stalheim
Day trip to Stalheim
Galleri Rustica - horse photography
Art exhibition in the local gallery, Galleri Rustica, in an old fisherman´s barn, featuring some of our photography
Aurland
Day trip to Aurland
Mushroom foraging
Wild mushrooms foraged about 500 m from the guesthouse
Foraging
Learn how to identify and forage a wealth of wild fungi and edible plants
Rush hour on a day trip to the West Cape
Rush hour on a day trip to the West Cape

  

   Our "wild west" is as easy to reach as it feels remote!

 

   Only 1 hour´s drive from Bergen International Airport (there are airport busses to the city centre, and the local bus stops right outside our stables, or pick-up can be arranged). About 25 min. from Arna Train Station. Ca. 35 min. from the ferryport in Bergen. Ca. 45 min. from Bergen Train Station.

 

   Or take the train from the capital city of Oslo across the mountains to local Arna Train Station - supposed to be one of the most spectacular and beautiful train rides in the world. 



1) Etter Crispin de Passe the Younger, kobberstikk i De Pluvinel, Antoine. L´Instruction  dv Roy en l´Exercice de Monter a Cheval. Frankfurt am Main: Merian, 1628. (Arkiv saltilpasning.no.)