Balanced Saddle Fitting - Our Story


Chris Barnett, Saddle Fitter in Auckland

As one of New Zealand’s leading saddle fitters with over 15 years’ experience Chris believes that riding is a partnership, with the saddle being the connection between horse and rider. He understands how critical a saddle is in ensuring that both horse and rider are totally comfortable; to allow them to perform to their best.

Chris is acknowledged as being able to achieve great results for horse and rider through his attention to detail, working with the balance of the rider and the well-being of the horse.

Sound saddle solutions for you and your horse

Balanced Saddle Fitting grew out of HorseSports, becoming a separate dedicated saddle fitting business. We are passionate about bringing you a range of top saddle brands, and a world class saddle-fitting service.

Balanced Saddle Fitting will come to you for saddle fitting in Auckland. Chris will come to your Auckland property or riding club, or you can bring your horse  to us in South Auckland if you have a saddle situation requiring quick attention.

We run saddle fitting clinics regionally when we have sufficient request and demand for this service. Contact us  if you have a group of local horse riders and we will organise Chris to come to you!

Premium handcrafted saddles for sale

We are proud to be the Agents for Erreplus and Albion saddles in New Zealand. However, we will always select from the best local and international saddle lines so we can offer true variety and choice to ensure the best fit with your horse, and your budget, big or small.

A genuine passion for horses & quality saddles

Balanced Saddle Fitting Owners, Chris and Miriam, have both been involved with horses, riding and competing for many years (Eventing, Dressage, Show jumping and Show Hunter). 

Chris has been a rider since he was seven, is qualified in Advanced Equine Studies and has been involved in the equine industry all his working life. Chris competed in ESNZ Showjumping and enjoyed his time as a registered show jump course builder. Now largely riding youngsters, or helping Miriam exercise their dressage horses, his passion is saddle fitting.

Miriam is your main point of contact for Balanced Saddle Fitting. She has completed introductory saddle fitting courses and has trained with Albion. Miriam also competes in ESNZ dressage and has a background in Equine Sports Massage, qualified with the NZESMA. She is passionate about people developing skills and knowledge relating to their horse’s welfare.

With many years of experience between them (including working at pre-training facilities, stud farms, as well as breeding and starting their own young horses) Chris and Miriam possess broad knowledge and are not afraid to consult their expansive range of colleagues and associates to find the right information. 

"We look forward to hearing from you soon." - Chris & Miriam.