August Equine

est. 2001

August (adjective) ȯ-ˈgəst

inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur, majestic, profoundly honored, magnificent, worthy of respect


August Equine

est. 2001

August (adjective) ȯ-ˈgəst

inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur, majestic, profoundly honored, magnificent, worthy of respect


The Art & Science of Saddle-Fit

August Equine is the life-long passion and dedication of Holly Barnett.


Purveyors of the world’s finest saddles offering premium saddle-fitting services throughout Ontario, Canada (click here to see our service area map) We’re happy to work with your existing saddle or introduce you to one of the brands we carry.

Our boutique shop and showroom is located in Campbellville just off the 401 on Main St. (Hours by appointment only at this time)


We specialize in dressage, hunter, jumper, and eventing as well as skirted saddle disciplines, endurance, and Icelandic Horses.


We are authorized fitters for Selleria Equipe of Italy, ErgoX2 of Sweden, Adam Ellis of the UK and Cloete Saddles of Canada.

Our fit philosophy is simple – the right saddle is the one that fits you and your horse. While we carry our preferred brands, we offer unbiased assessments and have a large number of clients who book regular fittings for their pre-existing saddles. So long as your saddle fits you and your horse, we’re happy to maintain the fit year after year.

Fit is everything! Your saddle is meant to be a neutral interface between you and your horse - providing support while distributing weight and facilitating subtle communication aids.


I’m Mea, Head Fitter (and Holly’s apprentice) at August Equine.

My great passion is helping horses become comfortable and find their true self-balance. The sigh of a horse who has found its saddle is my ultimate gratification. I’m driven by watching the transformation process of a horse figuring out how to use their body, seeing the changes to their posture and top line, and learning true self-carriage. I love helping my clients achieve their goals; “your saddle should make your job easier” is something I find myself saying in every fitting!


Although it’s difficult to pick one I’d have to say that my favorite transformation this year was one of the school horses I had the honour of working with - they truly are the backbone of our industry! A middle-aged Percheron cross with a pony-esque trot who had been in a saddle far too narrow for far too long. I don’t know if I’d believe a mature horse could “grow” an inch of wither if I didn’t trace her myself. Her trot stride must have lengthened 2 feet when she found her saddle!


Towards the end of 2021, I made the big leap of moving to Orillia, getting away from the bustle of southern Ontario and fulfilling a childhood dream - to live with my horse. Although relatively new to me, Catalina is my heart horse, through and through. A half Lusitano, she’s full of fire and heart, all 14.3 hands! When the sun is out, the footing isn’t wet, and we’re not in the double-digit negatives, you’ll find us playing at liberty in the field or schooling some dressage movements. I spend a lot more time in my car now but seeing my girl out of the window as I write this makes it worth it!


If you’d like to get in touch with me about how I can help you & your horse have your best year yet, click our contact us link! I can’t wait to work with you.

I'm Christa Myers

Bookkeeper and Business Ninja

August Equine provides a solution that impacts equine and equestrian athletes. Through saddle fit and posture, improvement suffering is reduced and often eliminated.


Holly invited me to join Team AE in the spring of 2021. I was welcomed and encouraged to bring forth all my strengths, to support their passion and mission to end the suffering of the animals who give us their all.


My mission is to impact the equine industry to halt the suffering of equestrian entrepreneurs. There’s so much that happens behind the scenes of August Equine and I get to be a part of a lot of it.

Over the last year, Holly has opened my eyes to see just how much pain many of our ridden horses are in and how a horse’s saddle can create or end that pain. Suffering is optional for both our equine/equestrian athletes and equestrian entrepreneurs.


There’s no shortage of variation at AE. Some days I am in my office managing their bookkeeping and others I am lucky enough to accompany Holly on the road to document her magic for social media and process development. By supporting August Equine in their backend I am living my passion and purpose of helping to create an impact on the equine industry to create a better future, while AE can focus on their mission.

Holly Barnett

Founder & CEO

For over 20 years Holly has studied and transformed the equestrian partnerships of all levels and disciplines. She specializes in dressage, eventing, and jumping as well as western and endurance riding.


Her clients unlock their true potential using her rider-centric, neuro-based approach.


Her innate ability to spot and resolve performance blocks, tempering the nervous system, harnessing the foundations of movement, and optimizing the fit of equipment, enables clients to create quantum leaps in their riding performance.

The majority of ridden horses (amateur to Olympic) work in pain and ill-fitting tack. The industry has normalized this pain in horse and rider to the point that it’s seldom recognized or even acknowledged.


One of her greatest achievements to date is the invention and implementation of the world’s very first patrol saddle, designed specifically for horse and rider comfort and longevity of the mounted patrol horse.

The majority of ridden horses (amateur to Olympic) work in pain and ill-fitting tack. The industry has normalized this pain in horses and riders to the point that it’s seldom recognized or even acknowledged.


One of her greatest achievements to date is the invention and implementation of the world’s very first patrol saddle, designed specifically for horse and rider comfort and longevity of the mounted patrol horse.

Holly's mission aims to improve equine welfare by challenging and creating new industry norms.


Her vision sees an industry that values harmonic poetry between horse and human, where:

  • Equestrian partnerships blossom infinitely as riders pursue self-mastery and connection.
  • The horse is revered for the majestic qualities and spiritual gifts they offer.
  • The love of the sport revolves around the love of the horse.

At August Equine we take a 'whole horse approach' to saddle-fit - combining knowledge of saddle-fit, anatomy, conformation, biomechanics, and the nervous system. You'll leave your session with a clear understanding of your horse's unique needs and progress plan for the future.

At August Equine we take a 'whole horse approach' to saddle-fit - combining knowledge of saddle-fit, anatomy, conformation, biomechanics, and the nervous system. You'll leave your session with a clear understanding of your horse's unique needs and progress plan for the future.

The horse's emotional intelligence and secret healing heart math frequencies are gifts that have hardly been touched or understood until now. Working with Holly reveals how knowing these can impact both horse and rider for results often unrealized.

These majestic creatures still have so much to offer if you simply learn how to show up and listen. The future will be where horses perform not out of fear or pressure but of sheer will and partnership with their rider.

Both the horses and riders will reach new levels of performance and both become healthier and happier because of it, making wear and tear injuries and joint injections an anomaly instead of the norm.



For The Love Of The Sport.

For The Love Of The Horse.


~Holly


“Excluding epizootic diseases, it would be difficult to find any cause of inefficiency among army horses equal to that produced by saddle injuries.”

~ Animal Management 1933 Veterinary Department of the War Office

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