When we started to define what we really wanted Petite Horse & Rider to be about, three main goals became obvious right away:
1. Improve availability of riding apparel and tack for 'petite' sized equestrians and ponies;
2. Provide customers with a more personalised fit to their apparel; and
3. Offer apparel that stands out in the crown, enabling riders to show their personality through their riding attire.
The first two goals needed work before we could move onto goal number 3, so we started hashing out the real problems with the fit of the products we planned to offer, and developed a process to solve these problems:
1. IDENTIFY the problem.
2. RESEARCH the problem.
3. DEVELOP solutions to the problem.
4. DESIGN the product using solutions.
5. TEST the product.
So, here's a quick run-down...
Saddlepads that look huge or out of proportion on little ponies. Too much saddle pad for your pony and/or saddle can look out of proportion and pull attention away from your little super-star.
PHR saddle pads have been designed specifically with this problem in mind. Our saddle pads feature cutaway designs in attractive shapes to reduce the amount of pad extending beyond the saddle. PHR saddlepads are made to saddle size, not just "pony" size.
Lack of protective boots in sizes for small ponies. So...you go without, or settle for the best size you can find which is too big, and they slip down, get in the way around the fetlocks, and rub your pony.
The sizes of PHR boots have been designed to suit the shape and proportions of those precious pony legs.
Breeches in petite sizes are few and far between, and usually quite expensive. You know the story: baggy thighs/backside, too long, riding up once you're in the saddle and becoming loose around the waist, then shirts untuck and rub and generally look untidy. Many petite riders turn to child's sizes in frustration, but child's jodhpurs lack the more mature shape and styling of ladies breeches.
Riding shirts just don't fit you properly! The waist doesn't taper to your shape, they are too long and baggy and make you look boyish and shapeless. When you tuck them in they gather into bulky lumps under the waistband of your breeches and rub or just look untidy.
We have conducted hours of research into petite sizing and common fit problems for petite riders. Using the results of our research we have developed our own petite sizes. We are not only attempting to address the sizing issues, but also to create and select styles that suit the shape of the petite rider.
What problems do you have with the fit of riding apparel? Don't hesitate to hit us up, so we can continually improve the fit of PHR apparel for our customers.