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RedRoan 08-16-2009 12:21 PM

Job as a custom saddle maker?
I've always wanted to work on saddles and tack as a career. But I have no clue how far it could get me job wise. I figure it would probably be just a part time job of mine on the side of another job.

Do any of you know anything about this kind of work? Can you really go full time with it in this 'modern' age? haha. How can I get started? I live in Oregon, so that kinda limits my options for how far I can go at the moment to Wyoming to learn about the art.

Jillyann 08-16-2009 12:36 PM

All I know, is you have to be **** good! =)

RedRoan 08-16-2009 12:37 PM


All I know, is you have to be **** good! =)
Haha yeah, lots of 'Pride in the work' sorta stuff :-D

Jillyann 08-16-2009 01:10 PM

Oh yes! Have you made any saddles yet? Can you post some pictures of your work?

shesinthebarn 08-16-2009 03:35 PM

Well, my husband is a silver/goldsmith, so that kind of think can be a career, and not a side job. He does buckles for show series, cuttings and rodeos, along with all kinds of horsey jewellery.
The biggest thing is to get educated in it. He went to school for 4 years, and still does continuing education, as well as teaching beginning engravers.
Maybe contact a local saddle maker, and ply him with questions? They may even let you apprentice!

MIEventer 08-16-2009 03:42 PM

I have a friend who is a Saddle Maker and fitter. She was trained by Schleese himself. It takes years of apprentiship, you have to find a good name to work under and train under. Not just any Tom, Dick, or Harry.

She is very booked, booked for months in advance. She travels all over Canada doing jobs, and jobs that are well paid for.

I have another friend, she owns her own Tack Store and bought the Rembrandt Line. She now makes the Classic Rembrandts aka Classic Saddlery. She trained and schooled in Europe/England for a few years.

It's a good job, but you have to find the right person to teach you, for you to studdy under and apprentice under. Not only do you have to learn how to work with saddles, but you have to learn about saddles through and through. You also have to learn about the horses backs and how each indavidual animal works. There is alot, alot alot to learn - and it takes years of studdy to get to that point.

RedRoan 08-21-2009 01:08 PM

Ah thanks for the info guys! Looks like my wish of becoming a full time saddle maker might come true :-D.

I am in Oregon and would like to stay here... do any of you know of any good saddlerys here that I might as for an apprenticeship under to get started? I tried looking for classes and the closes places are in Colorado and Nevada that I could find :-(.

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