Welcome to Karen Lewis Saddlery

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Karen Lewis


I am a Master Saddler trading for nearly 20 years, I undertook an apprenticeship with a Sussex saddler and completed City and Guilds certification under the Millenium Apprenticeship Scheme in the 1990’s.

I have worked in the past as a full time groom and international groom for varied yards- Show Jumping, Eventing, Showing, Dealing, Driving and Polo yards and had the priviledge to manage a small Breeding stud for an overseas owner. All these jobs after an Agricultural College Horse degree and before commencing my career as a Saddler!

I have had the delight in training my own Apprentices and enjoy helping to train the Saddlers of the future.

I have experience with not only regular saddle fitting, but also remedial saddle fitting & Horse rehabilitation in conjunction with local Vets and Physiotherapists. I take great joy in seeing through a job well done and working with my fellow Equine professionals.

I believe you can constantly learn and improve and to that end I undertake Professional development courses in aspects of Anatomy, Saddlery and gait analysis etc. whenever possible.

I still ride and have recently been successful showing on the County circuit and have latterly developed a great hobby in SideSaddle riding!

I am lucky to have a fully equipped saddlery workshop in Essex and undertake repairs and made to measure items of tack for my clients.



I will travel to your either your home or your livery yard to give a comprehensive saddle check and assessment.  I can, and prefer, to flock on site and if for any reason your saddle has to be taken away to the workshop for repair, it will be returned and refitted by myself.

I can advise and help with girths and saddle cloth choices and help to fit or supply new bridles. I offer a full workshop repair and made to measure service.

Side Saddles mended, overhauled and fitted and when available - for hire.

Training aids, martingales and leather goods supplied. 

Special recipe saddle soap and treatments for sale.

Knowledgable, friendly advice and support

Saddle Fitting and Adjustment


  • Consultations at your yard 
  • Saddles checked and reflocked
  • Fitting of existing, new and second hand saddles
  • Regular reflocking and servicing
  • New saddles supplied
  • Sourcing of second hand saddles
  • Side Saddle maintenance

Coming soon - Ergonomic Assessments

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Karen Lewis Saddlery

Butterfly Lodge Mersea Road, Abberton, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7LG