Making a Saddle

This book sets out to show in simple language and photographic illustration, methods employed in making a saddle - methods which apart from the use of some synthetic materials have remained unchanged for generations.

'The saddler understands well the needs of the horse and rider and will build a saddle to individual specification. Due in part, no doubt, to this good relationship with the customer, and the resultant exchange of knowledge, the shape of the modern saddle, now much deeper in the seat, has evolved.

The racing saddle does not fall within the scope of this book which does, however, cover most other needs.

Much of the beauty of the any hand craft lies in its humanistic quality - saddlery is no exception to this and the product always an individual one, is seldom, if ever repeated.'

This publication is available in 2 parts, both Pdf documents, that can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.*

*If you experience any problems opening the documents, please do the following:

  • 'Right click' on the link.
  • Click on 'Save Link Target As' option.
  • Choose a destination on your computer to save the file in e.g. Desktop.
  • Click Save.
  • Open the file from the location in which you saved it.    
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