Cumbria School of Saddlery

Teaching the skills of the Rural Craftsman

The Reflocking Course

A 4-day course for candidates who wish to explore the skills of flocking saddles.

This course will cover the following:

  • The importance of the tree in saddle construction and fitting.
  • Saddle panels, faults in construction and how this may affect the horse and riders position.
  • Flock - various sorts and qualities.
  • Re-flocking - taking all old flock out and filling with 100% British wool.
  • Learning how to create a smooth, supportive panel that will fit the horse in question and put the rider in the correct position.
  • Site visit to fit a newly re-flocked saddle.

"Truly a great experience...your teaching expertise is a gift. Thanks a million!." M.S. (South Carolina)

"Excellent tuition, invaluable advice. I would highly recomment these courses. This is our fourth time here." C.R. (Scotland)

"Learned so much in three days - super teaching and nice to find someone willing to pass on their 'golden nuggets' of knowledge too!" N.C. (Lancs)

"As an Equine Physio often working on horses with sore backs, I wanted to be able to offer a more comprehensive care package. After all, I was never going to get the back right if the saddle fit or the state of the panels were in a bad way.Going on David May's flocking course gave me the confidence to advise my clients of their options with regards to their saddles and where necessary, reflock the saddle. David's knowledgeable and unrushed approach in his courses gives the right balance of theory and practical application. The groups are small to enable plenty of one-to-one tuition as well as enjoy some workbench humour. Only wish David would run some courses out in NZ." JL, Equine Physio, NZ

"Just to thank you once again for the course. We found it really useful and feel more confident about undertaking flocking alterations. Would certainly recommend the course to other qualified saddle fitters." B.B. Cheshire

A certificate of attendance is awarded on completion of each course.