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:        April 5th-9th, 2021 & April 12th-16th, 2021


                    October 25th-29th, 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:  Due to COVID-19 we regret that we cannot include breakfast or lunch. Tea, water and coffee will along with individually wrapped snacks will be provided by a staff member.   

  • Accommodation is not included and must be arranged by the delegate, as well as, transportation. The Holiday Inn Express in Clear Spring offers a reduced rate but please ask for the Manager and reserve at least two weeks ahead of time.  

  • Participants MUST bring two saddles to work on 

Course Objective

This five day course is designed for those interested in saddle fitting or saddle repair as a career including current saddle fitters and saddlery repair businesses. In the course, students will learn the necessary skills to deconstruct a panel, replace flocking materials, make minor repairs and adjustments, and reassemble the saddle. Additionally this course also covers the standards and required information for those seeking qualification and membership with the Society of Master Saddlers, so while not required for those seeking SMS qualifications, it is highly recommended.

Bench Work Covers


  • 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 Work Covers


  • 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.