Our saddlery courses are very intens and in small groups. The set up of the course is that you only learn in depth what you will use in real life, and not all the things you will never do in a real saddler workshop. Tools can be brought along or can be bought at the school.

Compact saddlery course for saddle fitters

In this module you will be trained in the basic skills of what you need to be able to do as a saddle fitter, which means you need to be able to do little adjustments and repairs to a saddle and bridle, and above all, you need to be good at reflocking and rebalancing a saddle.

What will you learn during this course?
  • health and safety, since you work with very sharp tools
  • how to use, to sharpen and to maintain your tools
  • stitching with two needles
  • use of “stitching clams”
  • cutting of leather pieces
  • preparation of the leather for stitching
  • recognise different quality of leather
  • making a small leather item like a belt
Examples of repairs shown/practiced:
  • changing a girth system in ‘point straps’ and correct V-girth system
  • replace girth straps if they are torn
  • repair a cut in a seat
  • repairs of flaps and kneeblocks, repair of the forepiece
  • fix D-rings to the saddle for saddle bags
  • repair of broken flexible point or make flexible point when not there

During this module new flocking tecniques will be taught and new insights in what flocking can do to a horse. The saddle needs to fit the horse like a glove after you reflocked it or rebalanced it.

What will you learn?:
  • take the panel of
  • check the tree
  • remove the flock and correct stitching is needed
  • use of new flocking tecniques and materials
  • correct flocking of a saddle with and without lining
  • use and purpose of quilts
  • balancing the saddle on a horse’s back
  • solving problems with therapeutic pads

Groups 6-8 people.

If you would like to be able to do more, we have more options:

Bridle Making Basic and advanced (teacher: Emily White, Master Saddler)

During this course which has two modules of a week each, you will learn to make bridles, and special techniques will be taught like padded and raised nosebands. The first week you will make a simple snaffle bridle; the second week you will make a special bridle, designed by Issi Russell, where all mayor techniques will be taught, like raising, padding, and lacing.

The items that need to be made for this course will be assessed at a later stage (see assessments).

The costs for materials like leather, buckles and padding are included in the course price.

Minimum of 6 students; maximum of 7.

Advanced reflocking (teacher: Laurence Pearman, Master saddler)

During this module your reflocking skills will be upgraded. You will also learn to put felt lining in the saddle.

The costs for materials like wool and lining are included in the course price.

Minimum of 6 students; maximum of 8.

At the end of the week you will be assessed on your flocking skills (see assessments).

Saddle Making (teacher: Laurence Pearman, Master saddler)

During this week you will learn to:

  • strip a saddle completely and built it up again.
  • you will make a miniseat incl. skirts and pullers
  • you will block up a seat from a blanc tree
  • The costs for materials like leather and foam are included in the course price. You only need to buy your own tree (can also be ordered at the school) and saddle to strip.

All these parts will be assessed at the end of the week (see assessments).

Minimum of 6 students; maximum of 8.