Bench Flocking, Repair & Onsite Adjustment Course


Venue:      Stoneleigh Equine

                   Clear Spring, MD 

Length:     5 days (Monday-Friday)


Subject:    Bench Reflocking, Basic Repair & Onsite Adjustments 

Cost:           $1850.00, 50% deposit required to save course spot, due with application

Dates:        October 26th-30th, 2020 CANCELLED RESCHEDULED TO SPRING 2021

                     March 29th- April 2st, 2021

*For dates and more information please click on the registration link below if the course is currently scheduled, if missing please check back for schedule updates

Fee Includes

  • Tuition

  • Meals:  Breakfast (coffee and bagels), lunch and refreshments throughout the day.  

  • Accommodation is not included and must be arranged by the delegate as well as transportation

  • Participant need to bring two saddles to work on, all flock and girth straps are provided

Course Objective

This five day course is designed for those interested in saddle fitting or saddle repair as a career, current saddle fitters or saddlery repair businesses. This course is designed to teach the skills needed in any saddlery business, as after sales service in saddle fitting or for any saddle sales business.

This course is also a prerequisite for the Apprenticeship to become a Qualified Saddle Fitter with the Society of Master Saddlers.



  • Tree Construction

  • Panel Design

  • Panel Construction

  • Horse Anatomy

  • Rider Influence



  • Replacing girth straps, girth strap placing, adding point straps.

  • Remove and drop out saddle panel.

  • Remove old flocking

  • Reflocking

  • Reassemble and lacing in.

  • Removal of airbags and conversion to flock when appropriate.

Onsite Section 

Starts with discussion and practical applications designed to teach the ability to alter and adjust saddles at the venue of the client. Open to saddle fitters already in the saddle fitting and sales business or those training to become fitters. This course is a prerequisite for the apprenticeship to become a Qualified Saddle Fitter with the Society of Master Saddlers.



  • Anatomy of back and how it affects fitting.

  • Back shapes and the many variations.

  • Girthing systems.

  • Use of pads--  materials, research, therapeutic applications and adjustment pads.

  • Different panels, materials and flocks.

  • Identify tree and panel types.



  • Adjustment templates

  • Making an adjustment

  • Rider input

  • Padding options and adjustments

  • Girthing adjustments

  • Rider analysis

  • Analysis of back and shoulders in relation to saddle fitting


This course must be paid in full at time of registration, due to the flight arrangements and cost of obtaining the best Instructors. Please download your registration form and return with course deposit to:


North American Saddlery School

1684 Hendershot Rd, Warfordsburg, PA 17267


*Please note that deposits and course fees are non refundable, however cancellations will carry over for one year after the date of cancellation. 


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