SaddleAid was founded in 2014 with the aim of alleviating equine and human suffering through development of safe and welfare-friendly harness and saddlery for use in all countries of the world.
Between 2012 and 2015 Peter Muckle, SaddleAid's founder, designed and made an emergency saddle to carry women in labour in mountainous areas in northern Afghanistan, as part of a larger project to reduce maternal mortality by UK NGO HealthProm. SaddleAid was founded to continue the work globally. The saddle has since been developed and used in mountainous areas of Morocco, Ethiopia and Nepal, and for use as a therapy saddle in Spain, Morocco and the UK. We are currently training women in Ethiopia to make the saddles.
In addition to promotion of emergency saddles, we also work to improve the harnessing of working animals, through education and training. Harness improvement is a central part of our work.
Our Trustees, advisors and consultants are drawn from a broad range of professions, many with more than 40 years experience, including saddlers, harness-makers, cart-makers, animal handlers, inventors, animal behaviour and welfare scientists, agricultural engineers, veterinary surgeons, educators, care specialists, business owners, project managers, engineers, software developers and international development specialists.
SaddleAid became a registered charity in January 2019, number 1181705.
SaddleAid is based on Ynys Môn (Anglesey), and works worldwide.
Our Charitable Objects
“To relieve the need and suffering of people, by the development, supply and promotion of specialist equine equipment to carry sick, injured, elderly, pregnant or disabled people worldwide, in emergency, medical, social and therapeutic situations.
To relieve the suffering of working animals in developing countries by the provision of educational materials for the sustainable manufacture of humane tack and equipment."