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Introduction to Saddle Fitting
in association with the Society of Master Saddlers, UK Course

Venue:      Stoneleigh Equine
                   Clear Spring, MD 

Length:     2 days (Saturday & Sunday)

Subject:    Basics of Saddle Fitting Techniques 

Cost:          $927.00 plus tax

Dates:       March 25-26th, 2023

*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- We will have some limited breakfast breads and a full lunch selection. Please note any dietary restrictions on your application and we will do out best to accommodate them. We will also provide tea, water and coffee and individually wrapped snacks.   

  • 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.  

Criteria for Attendance 

The course is open to

  • SMS members and employees

  • BETA members and employees

  • Saddle Fitting trainee or someone interested in entering this field

  • Registered Farriers

  • Veterinary Surgeons

  • Chartered Physiotherapists

  • BHS or Pony Club Coaches

  • Other equestrian related professionals i.e. body worker or Chiropractor etc.

  • Overseas retailer or customer of a SMS trade or manufacturing members.

A confirmation of attendance will be given as there is no qualification attached to this course.


Subjects Covered 

  • Tree Design and Saddle Construction 

  • Identifying Faults in Saddles 

  • Physiology of the Horse's Back 

  • Anatomy of the Horse 

  • Horse Identification and Maintaining Records 

  • Safe Handling of the Horse 

  • Understanding and Assessing Movement and Conformation for Fitting 

  • Principles of Saddle Fitting 

  • Practical Back Assessment 

  • Template taking 

  • Practical Saddle Fitting of a variety of horses and riders 

The aim of this course is to teach a level of awareness of saddle fitting with no affiliation to any brand, this course showcases the techniques and the research that goes into the fitting process. Affiliated with the Society of Master Saddlers, this program is taught by guest lecturers that are Master Saddlers and Qualified Saddle Fitters teaching this program all over the world.





This course must be paid in full at time the of registration and is non refundable and non transferrable. Course bookings have two options; book online or download the registration form and return with course to:


North American Saddlery School

11655 Rocky Meadow Rd

Clear Spring, MD 21722 USA



*Please note that deposits and course fees are non refundable, however cancellations will carry over for one year after the date of cancellation and the candidate will have to pay any increase in tuition. Please see the complete policy above.  

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