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Last Updated: 2013-05-26

Flint Saddlery Ltd.

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Legal Name:   Flint Saddlery Ltd.
Operating Name:   Flint Saddlery Ltd.
Alternate Name:   Flint ATV & Hunting Accessories and Bags
Alternate Name:   For Winners Only
 
Mailing Address
2563 Passage Dr.
COQUITLAM, British Columbia
V3H 3G6
Location Address
2563 Passage Dr.
COQUITLAM, British Columbia
V3H 3G6
 
Telephone: (604) 469-6974
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-562-2626
Fax: (604) 469-6978
Email: info@flints.ca
Website URL: http://www.flints.ca 
 
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Contact information

 
DAVID FLINT
  Title:   President
  Area of Responsibility:   Management Executive
  Telephone:   (604) 469-6974
  Fax:   (604) 469-6978
  Email:   david@flints.ca
 

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Company description

 
Flint Original Hospital Felt™ had its origin in 1989 when David
Flint, the owner of Flint Saddlery, was asked by concerned
professional equestrian people (English and Western disciplines)
whose horses are used many hours daily to find a solution to
such problems as scalding, fibrosis and ulceration resulting in
the horses being unusable for days. David experimented with
many different pad materials currently on the market but none
solved the problem. One day while visiting a friend in the
hospital who had been bedridden for six months, David remarked
that he must have bedsores. The friend explained that there
were no bedsores because of the special hospital felt pad that
was under him. The mill that produced the pad was contacted,
modifications to the milling process were discussed and the
first Flint Original Hospital Felt™ pad with its many
therapeutic properties was produced. In fact, Flint Saddlery,
has an exclusive agreement with the mill for this felt product
which is grey in colour. The grey colour makes it easy to
distinguish the Flint Original Hospital Felt™ from other common
polyester orthopaedic or sports hospital felts.

Flint Original Hospital Felt™ is not the polyester orthopaedic
or sports hospital felts that are found in most tack stores and
most commonly used in sports and equestrian equipment. Flint
Original Hospital Felt™ contains no coatings or finishes to
prevent air circulation and dissipation of heat and moisture
from the horse's body. The fibre loops mesh with the horse's
coat to prevent slippage under the saddle. Due to the high
content of special fibre, not found in sports felt, Flint
Original Hospital Felt™ offers excellent protective and
therapeutic qualities.

The Flint Original Hospital Felt™ pad has excellent shock
absorption value and the main advantage is its ability to absorb
and wick both moisture and heat away from the horse's body. The
short fibres work with the horse's coat resulting in much less
slippage. Bacteria won't grow in the pad. You will find that
your horse is much drier under the pad after a ride. These
qualities are retained after extended use and enhanced by
frequent washing.

Flint Saddlery has also developed Two-Piece Western/Ropers
cinches and Two-Piece English and Australian girths with
removable felt pads for easy washing. Exclusively developed by
Flint Saddlery with the narrow-built horse in mind are the
Two-Piece Western Contoured Cinch® and the Two-Piece English
Contoured Girth® also with removable felt pads for easy washing.
The removable felt pad is easy to keep clean and exchangeable
which helps to prevent the spread of skin diseases from horse to
horse when working several horses a day.

Other fine equestrian products that offer the Flint Original
Hospital Felt™ therapeutic properties are the Western, English
and Australian saddle pads and Orthopaedic saddle pads,
under-blanket pads, breast collars and training surcingles.

David Flint is constantly experimenting and subsequently
up-dating his equestrian products. His commitment to top
quality and innovation is evident in the complete line of Flint
Saddlery equestrian products.

Flint Saddlery is currently exporting to Australia and the
United States.

Flint Saddlery is exhibiting at the CAN-AM Show, Spruce Meadows,
Alberta, in Spring and in Fall of each year.

In addition to trade shows, we publish a quarterly Newsletter
which is distributed via direct mailing to our current
customers. If you would like to receive this Newsletter please
contact us.

We also manufacture in addition to our line of Original Hospital
Felt equestrian products, equestrian products with Neoprene.
Our equestrian products with Neoprene are trademarked as "FOR
WINNERS ONLY"!  
Country of Ownership: Canada  
Year Established: 1984
Exporting: Yes  
Primary Industry (NAICS): 314990 - All Other Textile Product Mills
Alternate Industries (NAICS): 414470 - Amusement and Sporting Goods Wholesaler-Distributors
Primary Business Activity: Manufacturer / Processor / Producer  
Total Sales ($CDN): $1 to $99,999 
Export Sales ($CDN): $1 to $99,999 
Number of Employees:

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Product / Service / Licensing

 
Product Name: ATV ACCESSORIES & BAGS
 
 
Product Name: ATV SADDLE BAGS
 
 
Product Name: HORN BAGS / SADDLE BAGS / CANTLE BAGS
 
Some professional packer friends of David asked him to make them
saddle bags that could stand up to long backcountry trips and
defy being ripped when scrapped against countless trees. The
result is a super tough waterproof bag with easy to use velcro
flaps to seal them from the weather. No more sandwiches tasting
like horse sweat or soggy clothes. A unique design allows the
bags to be adjusted to the horse's size. Available in brown and
black . For those who like their equipment a little bit
fancier, flaps with South-western design may be specified.

 
Product Name: MAGNI-KURE - Magnetic Therapy for the Horse
 
Magnetized Cinch / Girth / Saddle Pad

Magnetic therapy relaxes tense muscles, relieves muscular and skeletal pain, and accelerates the healing process for injuries of muscular and skeletal nature. The treatment involves the placing of a magnetized pad of the correct configuration on the affected area, allowing the affected area to heal itself, especially in the case of sore muscles, spinal and chest tissue.

The magnetic fields are useful forms of physical therapy. They easily penetrate deeply into the tissue which causes an increase in blood flow to facilitate the natural healing process as well as an increase in the removal of toxins from the affected area. Use magnetized pads to

~ increase blood circulation ~
~ stimulate tissue healing ~
~ relieve inflammation and pain ~

Magni-Kure pads contain no strips or discs sewn into the magnetic pads in the saddle pads and cinch/girth pads because the magnets are evenly distributed in the neoprene pads resulting in uniform application of the magnetic fields across the entire pad with no gaps, bulges, or irregular surfaces with Gauss levels of 120 - 200. The Magni-Kure pad retains body heat in affected area to facilitate the healing process. The magnetic pads are removable for easy washing and cleaning.


 
Product Name: NEOPRENE GIRTHS/CINCHES - "FOR WINNERS ONLY"
 
The Classic Neoprene Cinch/Girth - "FOR WINNERS ONLY".
Closed cell Neoprene with protective nylon covering. Stays soft
and pliable and is easy to clean. All our cinches/girths are
two-piece. The removable cinch/girth Neoprene cinch/girth pad
attaches to the nylon backing. Neoprene girths/cinches
lubricate during use to prevent chafing and galling.

Available in straight or contoured form.

 
Product Name: ORIGINAL HOSPITAL FELT EQUESTRIAN PRODUCTS
 
How and why was the Flint Original Hospital Felt™ pad developed?
David Flint did not set out to manufacture felt pads but in 1989
he was asked by concerned professional equestrian people
(English and Western discipline) to help them solve the problem
of their horses getting sore backs from being ridden long hours
every day.
David spent about a year trying all the various pads on the
market, even importing several from Europe. The sore back
problems persisted. Then he discovered a special felt pad being
used in the hospital bed of a friend. He contacted the mill and
made up a sample pad. It helped the horses. He worked with the
mill on some changes to their felting process to make the
product better for use with horses. The final product worked
well and became the only pad many professional equestrian people
now use. Other customers heard of the value of the pad and
David began custom making the pad for them. Thus a new sideline
to his regular saddle making business began from his willingness
to help the professional equestrian people.

What makes the Flint Original Hospital Felt™ pad different from
all those other "hospital felt" pads?
What other manufacturers call "hospital felt" is really
orthopaedic or sports felt. It is made up of long polyester
fibres which will slip on the horse's back, generate heat and
has hardly any absorption, wicking or heat dissipation values.
Flint Original Hospital Felt™ is made up of a very high
percentage of short man-made fibre with the same qualities as
natural fibre together with excellent absorption, wicking and
heat dissipation properties. It requires a special
manufacturing process to make this felt, resulting in a raw
product cost considerable greater than orthopaedic felt. We
know of no other pad manufacturer that uses this grade of felt,
in fact, Flint Saddlery, has an exclusive agreement with the
mill for this felt product.

How can I tell the difference?
Visually, it is tough. However, there are two simple tests you
can perform. Rubbing your knuckles hard on orthopaedic or sports
felt will generate a considerable amount of heat. A similar
rubbing on Flint Original Hospital Felt™ will result in hardly
any heat generation. Holding a flame to the edge of other felt
pads will cause the pad to melt, revealing that it is really a
type of plastic. The same flame test will cause the Flint
Original Hospital Felt™ pad to burn, similar to a natural fibre.
The easiest way to ensure you are getting the Flint Original
Hospital Felt™ pad is to look for the Flint Saddlery Bucking
Bronco Logo ®.

How will a Flint Original Hospital Felt™ pad help my horse?
The pad has excellent shock absorption value and the main
advantage is its ability to absorb and wick both moisture and
heat away from the horse's body. The short fibres work with the
horse's coat resulting in much less slippage. Bacteria won't
grow in the pad. You will find that your horse is much drier
under the pad after a ride. Remember after the Flint Original
Hospital Felt™ pad was developed, endurance riders, professional
packers and outfitters have reported instant success when
switching to the Flint pads.

How do I keep the felt pads clean?
They wash beautifully. We recommend vacuuming off all the horse
hair and washing the 1” pads in the triple loaders at the
laundromat. The 1/4" and 1/2" saddle pads, cinch, girth and
breast collar pads can be washed in the machine at home. Wash
in luke warm water and machine dry at very low heat. (High heat
won't harm the felt but it will cause the nylon wear strips on
the pads to wrinkle and shrink.) Washing actually enhances
performance and increases loft. NEW PADS SHOULD BE WASHED
BEFORE USE.



 
Product Name: ORTHOPAEDIC SADDLE PADS
 
Benefit from the therpaeutic properties of our Flint Original
Hospital Felt by using our specially designed and constructed
built-up Orthopaedic saddle pads for problem backs. Available
in full, half and quarter support for optimum fit and
therapeutic effects for English, Endurance, Western and Ropers
saddles.

 
Product Name: PACKERS / OUTFITTERS/ HUNTERS EQUIPMENT
 
With a Flint Saddlery pack, your pack horse can manoeuvre
through treed areas with considerable more ease than with
traditional boxes. These packs are made out of an extremely
tough material that is interlaced with a heavy duty nylon
thread. They will withstand many encounters with the roughest
tree bark. Soft pacs are made to fit over both a traditional
western saddle and a sawbuck. Models W6415 and W6420 can even
be rolled up and tied to the back of the saddle and used to
carry out game. Available in hunter orange.



 
Product Name: SADDLE PADS
 
ENGLISH / DRESSAGE SADDLE PADS
The durable, shock absorbent saddle pads are manufactured from
Flint Original Hospital Felt™ in 3/8” thickness. The pads are
protected by cotton cover with bound edges in black. For a
dressier pad, 100% cotton cloth in a Classic English Design
(CED) may be specified. The under blanket pads are designed for
use under a Flint pad for cleanliness and additional protection.
Under blanket pads are plain with no trim. The felt is grey and
pads are machine washable and dryable. For English Orthopaedic
saddle pads, please refer to Orthopaedic pads.

WESTERN / ROPERS / PACKERS SADDLE PADS
The Flint Original Hospital Felt™ is at its best when used in
the saddle pads David makes for Western riding. Its many
features may be reviewed on the first page and the “Questions &
Answers” section. Western/Ropers pads come in three
thicknesses (1", 1/2", 1/4") determined by usage. The Western,
Ropers and Packers saddle pads are covered on the wear area with
heavy duty natural or black canvas. For a dressier pad, 100%
cotton heavy duty cloth in a South-western Design may be
specified. All under blanket pads come without wear pads and
are designed for use under a Flint pad or Navajo blanket for
cleanliness and additional protection. Advise of special sizes
for under blanket pads or if wear leathers are needed. For
Western/Ropers Orthopaedic saddle pads, please refer to
Orthopaedic pads.

AUSTRALIAN SADDLE PADS
The Australian saddle pads have the same features and
colour options as our English pads but are shaped to
fit the Australian saddle.



 
Product Name: TWO-PIECE CINCH / GIRTH / BREAST PLATE
 
TWO-PIECE WESTERN / ROPERS CINCHES
These are the strongest and best made cinches on the market
today. The cinches are worked in an unique way that took David
a long time to develop. David starts with a super strong nylon
strap that he sews five times to gather it slightly, putting in
a small amount of stretch to eliminate blown muscles from over
cinching. Heavy duty stainless steel buckles are used at each
end. The Western Contoured Cinch® was designed with the narrow-
built horse in mind and helps eliminate rubbing at the elbows. A
1/2" Flint Original Hospital Felt™ pad is attached with velcro
full length for its therapeutic value. The removable pad is
easy to clean and exchangeable which helps to prevent the spread
of skin diseases when working several horses a day.

TWO-PIECE ENGLISH / DRESSAGE GIRTHS
The therapeutic girth designed by David is extremely strong and
yet gentle to the horse. The English Girth has elastic buckle
connections on one end. The English Contoured Girth® was
designed with the narrow-built horse in mind and helps eliminate
rubbing at the elbows. Available in black (30). A 1/2" Flint
Original Hospital Felt™ pad is attached with velcro full length
for its therapeutic value. The removable pad is easy to clean
and exchangeable which helps to prevent the spread of skin
diseases when working several horses a day.

TWO-PIECE WESTERN / ROPERS BREAST PLATES
These breast plates virtually eliminate the chafing and galling
problems associated with leather or fuzzy nylon covered types.
David builds his by using the same strength nylon webbing found
in his cinches. They are designed with removable Flint Original
Hospital Felt™ pads attached to all areas that contact the
horse.
Two styles are available: The traditional "Y" shape with three
parts fastened to a stainless O-ring or a single piece type
sometimes favoured by backcountry riders and packers. Available
in brown, black or South-western design.


 
Product Name: TWO-PIECE CONTOURED GIRTH/CINCH
 
TWO-PIECE ENGLISH CONTOURED GIRTH
TWO-PIECE WESTERN CONTOURED CINCH
The contoured cinch/girth has been designed with the narrow-built
horse in mind. No more rubbing of the horse's elbows against
cinch/girth. No more bleeding resulting from the use of commonly
wide cinch/girth! The felt pad of the contoured cinch/girth is
attached with velcro full length for its therapeutic value. The
removable pad is easy to clean and exchangeable which helps to
prevent the spread of skin diseases when working several horses
a day.


 
FSC Code: 7810-Athletic and Sporting Equipment
7830-Recreational and Gymnastic Equipment

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Market profile

Alliances:

  • Sales/Marketing

Strategic alliances:

Flint Saddlery is looking for importers and distributors for the
United States market. Sales Reps are wanted for the Canadian
Market.

Industry sector market interests:

  • Agriculture
  • Consumer Products
  • Transportation
  • Wholesale/Retail

Geographic markets:

Export experience:
  • Australia
  • United States
  • California
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Washington
Actively pursuing:
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Texas

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