TIPS & FAQs
Q: Why do RiderGrips help my riding?
- Imagine standing at the head of your horse, looking back at your own body. Notice how your seat and legs form a “Triangle. The 3 Grips ‘connect’ your seat bones and legs to work in unison, stabilize your center of gravity, and better attune to your horse’s motion.
- If you’re taking lessons, RiderGrips are a “Silent Teacher” and help you perform the instructions given during your lesson.
Q: Are the Flaps "Trim-Able" for a more exact Fit to my saddle?
To Fit both Jumping and Dressage Saddles, we went
with a universal “Oval” Shape.
Yes, you can trim one edge, but DON'T but both edges. – Make the trim on the ‘Trailing Edge’ of each Flap: the edge that
sits behind your calf.
adhesive bonds the layers of material together, but the stitching re-enforces the
adhesive to prevent the specialized layers from
Edge” should keep the stitching, to prevent de-laminating at the leading Edge,
as it is more exposed and experiences more ‘forces’ and wear and tear than does
the Trailing Edge.
answer… Some Dressage
Saddles have Thigh Blocks that are very ‘high'. You can trim
the Grips to fit the narrower center of the Flap, where most of your leg and
Edge should be re-stitched, but it takes a strong sewing machine able to pass
through leather. Your local Shoe Repair shop probably wouldn’t charge much
to stitch another border where you trimmed it, to make both edges look
Before any trimming: Take a piece of
chalk and lightly ‘dot’ on the trim line. Don’t just ‘wing it’.
Please…do read the Fine Print on the Info Sheet…we won't be able to exchange
or refund if the Grips were trimmed.
designed the Grips for Jump Saddles, but, as a Dressage Rider, I also wanted
more Grip there too. When applied Vertically, they do fit most
Dressage Saddles with longer Flaps.
Q: So....How do they stick?
With a pressure-sensitive adhesive, gentle to leather.
Q: Do they lose their stick?
- They may get a little less sticky around the edges, due to arena dust, etc.
One customer kind of ‘goofed’ on her first use – she applied the Grips,
right away she put the saddle in her horse trailer, without sitting on
them. Driving out to the Ride, all the jostling made the Grips fall off
the saddle hit the floor inside the trailer. =)). SO...Wait till just before you ride to put them on.
body weight will help anchor them properly to the saddle.
Q: Will the Grips mar the look of the saddle when I remove them?
- Only if you remove them wrong. Please... Read the whole Instruction Page before removal. Correct removal motion - applying HEAVY pressure while rolling off the Grip - is important. Allow the saddle to 'cool down' for a few hours before removing Grips.
Q: Once applied, and then removed from a saddle, are RiderGrips™ re-usable on another saddle?
A: Not recommended. Get a second set for your second saddle. Let your barn-mates try your saddle if you like, but leave the Grips on until you're ready to replace with new ones, or if/when your riding becomes strong enough so that you don't need them any more.
Q: Is there any leather product I should use on my saddle before applying RiderGrips™?
A: Follow your saddle Maker's recommendations. Different makers use various tanning chemicals
(oils, solvents, dyes) for their leathers. Just assure your saddle’s fully dry and buffed before applying.
Q: About how long do RiderGrips 'last' before I need to replace them?
A: It depends on how intense your riding demands are. If you feel yours wore out too soon, contact us and we'll work with you.
TIP:Using "Half-chaps" with a rough suede inside calf may wear out the surface of the Grips, causing them to wear out sooner than if you're using "smooth" leather boots or chaps.
Q: How do I position Grips on the saddle?
A: Any way best for your riding style, the horse's training level, and where your seat-bones and legs sit, and your riding level. Vertically, Diagonally, or Horizontally.
Q. After trying them, if they're not for me, may I return for a refund?
A. Yes. Your happiness is 100% guaranteed. Try them out for a ride. If they don’t suit your needs, send us an email.
I want my customers to be comfortable with this Innovation in Equestrian Sport. We go by the honor system here.
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And now for the Package Instructions, Legal DISCLAIMER & Limited Warranty Jargon from RiderGrip's Legal Department...:
- ‘Site’ the Grips wherever best on your saddle’s seat and leg flaps for your type of riding.
- “Roll” each Grip on, from one end to the other, to anchor in place. Bend the leg flaps out a little when putting on, to better anchor the Grip into the knee 'dents'
- Leave Grips on saddle until ready for new ones. When not riding, use a towel or saddle cover.
2. TO REMOVE:
- Wash hands first. With your thumbs or fingers, start at one edge.
- Push the Grip downward firmly away from you, while ROLL-ing the grip off the saddle.
- Apply HEAVY Pressure while rolling. There’s a video-clip on the Easy-On / Easy-Off Page.
- DON’T ‘tear it off’ quickly, or pull it AWAY from the saddle. IF YOU DO, you’ll likely damage the top ‘skin’ of the leather’s surface. RiderGrip will not be liable for repair.
- To clean the Surface of the Grips, just use water and a sponge.
3. DISCLAIMER &
- Removing the Grips according to these instructions should not adversely affect the surface of the leather. Saddle leather generally fades or changes over time for many reasons. If ‘color wash’ occurs, it is restorable using leather Conditioner or the Maker’s recommendations. Excessive, prolonged heat can affect the adhesive, which, depending on the tanning / finishing process, may or may not ‘grab’ color or "gloss" from the saddle’s finish. Although it is cosmetic only, RiderGrip will not be liable for this.
- DISCLAIMER: RiderGrips are intended to adhere to your saddle without adverse effects, yet this cannot be guaranteed due to differences in Riders, Saddles, Conditions, etc. RiderGrip Ltd will not be held liable for incidental or consequential damages including personal injury, property damage, or economic losses. Warranty does not cover damage from normal wear, failure to read instructions, inadequate or lack of information before using, improper use, incorrect removal or care, or failure to replace when worn out.
If you have a NEW saddle, all this info MAY make you nervous. New saddles often have a clear coat of wax or polish, to make it appear shiny and attractive. That changes with time and use. You can apply a thick coat of Bee's wax (or Surfboard wax, or mink oil) to a new saddle before applying the Grips.
1. DON'T leave your saddle in the hot sun, or the trunk of your car. Excessive heat isn't good for the Grips. If you have to tie your horse for extended time in direct sun, throw a towel over your saddle.
2. DON’T ‘tear it off’ quickly, or pull it UP AWAY from the saddle. IF YOU DO this, you’ll likely damage the top ‘skin’ of the leather’s surface. RiderGrip is not be liable for repair.
3. DON'T stick 2 grips together by their Sticky sides...they're hard to separate. Keep the plastic film backings.