Cumbria School of Saddlery

Teaching the skills of the Rural Craftsman

The "Safe" Repairs Course

A 5-day course Monday to Friday (9am - 4.30 pm daily with an hour for lunch) - 30 hours tuition.

This course covers most of the repairs that you may need to undertake on tack. Students will normally have attended the Basic Bridlework Course, or had some previous experience.



Repairs will be carried out under supervision in the classroom and will include:

  • Repairs to buckle ends
  • Re-stitching stirrup leathers
  • Splicing headcollars and bridles
  • Re-covering rubber reins
  • Boot and chap repairs
  • Splicing whips and thongs
  • Rug repairs, sewing machine work
  • Use of threads, nylon, jute, canvas, cordura, neoprene
  • Techniques involved in patching, altering, re-lining and strap-work
  • Saddles: re-flocking; fitting girth straps, dees, patches on flaps; point pocket repairs; spot-stitching

Tuition will be practical and modified to suit the varying skill level of each student. Safety in repairing will feature strongly. The choice of leather, fittings and materials and their application in the manufacture and repair of saddles and tack will be discussed. Learning to identify fittings and materials is encouraged.

Students are requested to bring with them as much tack in need of repair as possible to work on during this course.

"...very, very informative." U.H. (Dumfriesshire)

"Thanks for taking the fear factor out of repairs." S.K. (N.Wales)

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