5 days duration

This course is designed for saddlery students or beginners wishing to gain a sound and safe footing in bridle making.

No previous experience will be required prior to attending this course.

Students will learn:

  • Differing types of leather and their appropriate uses
  • Examine leather for faults
  • Preparation of leather, cutting, edging, staining, crease-marking, stitch-marking
  • Knowledge of hand tools, needles and threads used in the construction of bridles
  • Types of buckles and their fitting
  • Safety in the workshop

This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of bridle making to achieve the correct method of working to obtain a high quality of workmanship. You will leave at the end of the course with several useful items including a foal slip that you have made.

Tools, leather and buckles will be supplied by the school or students may bring their own. (A list of tools required can be obtained prior to starting the course) A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.

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I enjoyed my beginner course with Karen in Autumn 2019 learning leatherwork skills which have helped me repair items for myself and friends. I plan to continue my training with Saddlery Training Scotland as and when I can.’

Don & Malachie 

I can’t speak too highly of the skills of Karen and Philip. They have a great approach to teaching – basically learn by doing while having the experts at hand to guide you…and they are masters of their craft. A relatively intensive fun-filled five day course that flew by. The end result is we have new life skills that have opened our eyes into a new world. We’ll be back for more.


Karen and Philip made me welcome in their workshop and created a fun learning environment where I achieved more than I thought possible in that first week. The small group allowed us to set our own pace and also learn from each other as we all encountered different issues in our work. I have now visited several times and each visit has been as enjoyable as the first and I’ve made some good friends as a result. I have learned so much from Saddlery Training Scotland and the ongoing support and encouragement for the little business that I now have is invaluable.