An Intro To Bridle Fitting

An Intro To Bridle Fitting

On Saturday 28th September, I attended the Society of Master Saddlers' Introductory Bridle Fitting course that was taking place at Moulton College in Northamptonshire. Theory Session At 9 am, we all went into the lecture room and sat down. The morning was to be our theory session. We had a workbook given to us which followed the schedule of the day. The Horse's Head - a Veterinarian's Perspective Photo: SMS Website The first presentation was by Dr Jane Nixon, the consultant veterinarian for the SMS who talked us through the horse's head and the consequence of bits and bridles. As a once aspiring vet myself, I find these sorts of lectures really interesting. The horse's anatomy never fails to amaze me. This presentation specifically touched on the skeleton, the circulatory and nerves systems of the horse head and how a bridle can affect these areas. Dr Jane Nixon also advised us on the best practices of biosecurity when visiting yards and potentially touching various horses. Most of it...
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Scarecrow Festival 2019

Scarecrow Festival 2019

During the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of September I took the Lady Saddler stand to the Belbroughton Scarecrow Festival 2019. Staying Over I was advised it was going to be a busy weekend so I arranged to stay overnight with the family in our caravan, rather than rush home. Glad I did now because it meant Saturday evening wasn't such a busy one, having to pack up, get home, have tea and then get up early to do it all again on the Sunday. Instead we had a chilled out evening and a lazy morning. The Weather Saturday was by far the busiest day of the two as we had the most glorious sunshine any event could wish for. Sunday, however, was a different kettle of fish and pretty much rained most of the day but we didn't let it dampened our spirits and still had a good day. Meeting New People I enjoy doing these events because I can personally speak to people I...
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My First AGM

My First AGM

On Thursday 12th September, I attended my very first 'Society of Master Saddlers' AGM. An AGM is commonly known as an Annual General Meeting where members of a society, association or club attend a meeting once a year to hear about how it as performed. Never Attended... I've never attended this Society's meeting before because I've always felt I've not been qualified enough to attend. In actual fact the Society welcomes all levels of saddlers and saddle fitters as long as you are a paid member. Capel Manor This year, Capel Manor College in Enfield, London was the venue. This is currently the only college in the UK that offers a full-time Saddlery course. However, they also provide other leather work courses too such as, shoe making. Travelling South I'm not an experienced train traveller and my personal anxieties would be on overdrive. So being as the college is located just off the M25, I chose to drive. It was a pleasant trip from the Midlands down to Enfield and I...
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A Bespoke Headcollar For Jasper

A Bespoke Headcollar For Jasper

On Saturday 3rd August 2019, at Tenbury Countryside Show, I measured a sweet bay pony called Jasper, for a new bespoke headcollar. Bespoke Made The made to measure headcollar was going to be part of a birthday gift for Jasper's little rider. "Not like the cheap rubbish you get online" In addition, Jasper's owner requested the black leather headcollar to have black stitching and brass fittings, including a nameplate. All of which had to be of the best quality and not like the 'cheap rubbish you get online these days' (customer's words not mine :-) lol) So, I measured Jasper up for his new headcollar; what a sweet boy he was. Making The Headcollar To make the bespoke headcollar I had to cut a couple of straps of the finest British Sedgwick bridle leather in black and prepare them ready for the individual sections of the headcollar. These being the headpiece, cheeks, buckle chape, noseband, jowels, back stay and throatlash. Engraving I asked a fellow Saddler, to make...
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The Lady Saddler Turns Three Years Old

The Lady Saddler Turns Three Years Old

First of September is here and that means my little business, the Lady Saddler turns three years old. [fist punch] I had always hoped that this little business of mine would make it. That it would be the reason to leave full time employment and be the means to my main income. It only feels like yesterday when the business turned two. I wrote a blog about it back then too. Take a read. "It's not been a bed of roses though, I can tell you." At one point, I really thought I had made a HUGE mistake and thought I wasn't good enough. Somehow I persevered and survived the roller coaster of emotions and actions that were sometimes not of my doing. Last Year's Goals In September of last year, I decided upon three clear goals to achieve within the following 12 months. Although I don't feel I have achieved them completely (yet), I do believe that I have grown and developed as a business owner. 1) Increase...
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