• Saddle Making Training – Week 1

    Back in November (2017) I attended another training session at the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury...to embark upon the Level 2 Saddle Making training. According to the City and Guilds Level 2 Saddlery specification I am required to make a pony saddle using a wooden saddle tree. The seat must be pigskin or hide, the skirts and flaps must be solid with knee rolls and gussets being optional. The panel should be a Continental or Saumur type and the filling should be wool only. Here is my 16.5" pony saddle wooden tree that I was welcomed with...

  • Restarting Eddie Education

    Restarting Eddie’s Education

    Eddie is a 6yrs old Thoroughbred gelding who was bred to race but had to retire due to an injury. He can still be ridden following treatment but is not allowed to do any jumping. Eddie was brought by his current owner who had ambitions of doing a little dressage but when a surprise pregnancy happened she had to change her plans. Eddie was then put out to pasture and allowed to chill out and mature. In May of this year, I placed an advert on social media asking for another horse to ride. Eddie’s owner contacted me and the rest they say is history. After our initial meeting, we…