Saddler apprenticeship

Make and repair bespoke horse saddles

The saddlery trade supports the pursuit of excellence in its traditional craft skills, while also embracing innovation and technology. The bespoke saddler is a fundamental role in the saddlery trade. During the saddler apprenticeship you’ll produce saddles or bridles and provide a comprehensive repair service to saddles and other equestrian equipment. You’ll train to be capable of producing a standard or bespoke product that is cut and made to a unique pattern or measurement for a horse. Many of the processes are carried out by hand, so you’ll develop practical skills in the manufacture of equestrian products, including measurement and pattern construction. The skills involved cover a wide area of expertise that includes craft, technical, creative and design. These skills are fundamental and have to be employed with great precision, to high standards and within realistic time constraints.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Art and DT

Entry requirements for the saddler apprenticeship: 12 months of practical experience and skills in cutting, preparation and finishing leather products as well as being able to double hand and single/back stitch

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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