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STAGE 1&2 COMBINED
PATHWAY TO SADDLE FITTING 
PRACTICAL DAY OR ONLINE ONLY

Suitable for horse owners, equine professionals and aspiring saddle fitters

Our Pathway to Saddle Fitting Course is ideal for horse owners and therapists looking to further their knowledge in saddle fitting or those aiming to become a professional saddle fitter. 

Entry Requirements: None (Stage 1 content is included free of charge)

The course will involve practical saddle fitter training in the fundamentals of saddle fitting for both horse and rider. For those unable to attend the practical element of this course we also offer an online only option called the Combined Stage 1 & 2 Remote Learning Access Course. Stage 1 content is included free of charge. 

Successful candidates may progress towards a career in saddle fitting by attending the IASF accredited Stage 3 Certificate in Saddle Fitting. Additional online learning is required to progress to Stage 3 which is included in the course fee.

COURSE AIM

 

The aim of the course is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the importance of saddle fit and how you as a horse owner, equine professional or aspiring saddle fitter can identify saddle issues.

Throughout this course you will learn about the parts of the saddle and basic saddle construction along with a more in-depth understanding of equine anatomy including the skeletal structure, location of key nerves and ligaments, muscle names, where they are located and how they function.

 

A thorough understanding of the equine skeletal structure as well as muscles and ligaments is essential to truly understand saddle fitting and while this is a complex subject the IASF deliver the learning in a way that is easy to follow and understand. All anatomical knowledge is constantly linked back to the saddle and provides a great basis for understanding the interaction between the horse and the saddle. 

To enhance your learning and solidify your knowledge students will be taught how to 'map out' the saddle support area on the horse. This is a valuable skill and the IASF are one of the only saddle fitter training centres in the world to offer this as part of their education program. 

You will also learn HOW a saddle should fit correctly and how to identify any issues with the fit. 

In addition to this you will learn how the rider is affected by the saddle along with some foundation knowledge of the human anatomy. This is a vital area of learning to effectively review the fit of a saddle and many people find that this knowledge greatly improves their own riding ability and helps them to overcome specific training or pain issues they themselves may have been having. 

 

 An introduction to dynamic fitting is also covered and students will learn some of the key indicators of poor saddle fit which can be observes purely by watching a saddle in action! 

Those attending the practical training element will be able to get hands on experience 

Pre-requisites - None

Progression Options -  Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award.

Outcome Objectives - You will learn how to identify a saddle which does not fit and how a saddle should fit correctly. 

Certification - Provides access to further saddle education.

Limitations - You will not be qualified to adjust or fit saddles or perform saddle fitting reports

Upcoming Practical Dates 

  • Level 3 Saddle Fitting Course 24th June 2024 - 28th June 2024
    Level 3 Saddle Fitting Course 24th June 2024 - 28th June 2024
    Mon, 24 Jun
    Level 3 Saddle Fitting Course 24th June 2024 - 28th June 2024
    24 Jun 2024, 09:00 – 28 Jun 2024, 16:00
    Dodderhill Equestrian , Dodderhill Rd, Crutch Ln, Droitwich WR9 0BE, UK
    Enrolment to Level 3 Certificate in Saddle Fitting - Access to Distance Learning & 5 day Practical Course and Assessment.
  • Stage 4 Flocking, Repairs and Adjustments Course 29th June 2024 - 30th June 2024
    Stage 4 Flocking, Repairs and Adjustments Course 29th June 2024 - 30th June 2024
    Sat, 29 Jun
    Stage 4 Flocking, Repairs and Adjustments Course 29th June 2024 - 30th June 2024
    29 Jun 2024, 09:00 – 30 Jun 2024, 16:00
    Droitwich, Dodderhill Rd, Crutch Ln, Droitwich WR9 0BE, UK
    Tickets sell fast! Don't miss out!
  • Level 3 Saddle Fitting Course 7th October 2024 - 11th October 2024
    Level 3 Saddle Fitting Course 7th October 2024 - 11th October 2024
    Mon, 07 Oct
    Level 3 Saddle Fitting Course 7th October 2024 - 11th October 2024
    07 Oct 2024, 09:00 – 11 Oct 2024, 16:00
    Dodderhill Equestrian , Dodderhill Rd, Crutch Ln, Droitwich WR9 0BE, UK
    Enrolment to Level 3 Certificate in Saddle Fitting - Access to Distance Learning & 5 day Practical Course and Assessment.
  • Stage 4 Flocking, Repairs and Adjustments Course 12th October 2024 - 13th October 2024
    Stage 4 Flocking, Repairs and Adjustments Course 12th October 2024 - 13th October 2024
    Sat, 12 Oct
    Stage 4 Flocking, Repairs and Adjustments Course 12th October 2024 - 13th October 2024
    12 Oct 2024, 09:00 – 13 Oct 2024, 16:00
    Droitwich, Dodderhill Rd, Crutch Ln, Droitwich WR9 0BE, UK
    Tickets sell fast! Don't miss out!
  • Comfort Crusade
    Comfort Crusade
    Wed, 08 May
    Comfort Crusade
    08 May 2024, 19:00 – 19:50
    Zoom
    Spaces are Limited! Don't miss out on this revolutionary webinar with award winning author and female rider expert Mary. D. Midkiff to discuss the important subject of female rider comfort in the saddle. Mary will be sharing her vast knowledge and answering your questions. This is a FREE event.
  • Stage 4 Flocking, Repairs and Adjustments Course 20th-21st April 2024
    Stage 4 Flocking, Repairs and Adjustments Course 20th-21st April 2024
    Sat, 20 Apr
    Stage 4 Flocking, Repairs and Adjustments Course 20th-21st April 2024
    20 Apr 2024, 09:00 – 21 Apr 2024, 16:00
    Fort Widley Equestrian, Portsdown Hill Rd, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3LS, UK
    Tickets sell fast! Don't miss out!
  • Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 15th - 19th April 2024 (1)
    Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 15th - 19th April 2024 (1)
    Mon, 15 Apr
    Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 15th - 19th April 2024 (1)
    15 Apr 2024, 09:00 – 19 Apr 2024, 17:00
    Fort Widley Equestrian Centre, Portsdown Hill Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3LS
    Enrolment to Professional Saddle Fitting Award - Access to Distance Learning & 5 day Practical Course and Assessment.
  • Level 4 Advanced Saddle Fitter Course 27th- 28th January 2024
    Level 4 Advanced Saddle Fitter Course 27th- 28th January 2024
    Sat, 27 Jan
    Level 4 Advanced Saddle Fitter Course 27th- 28th January 2024
    27 Jan 2024, 09:00 – 28 Jan 2024, 16:00
    Droitwich, Dodderhill Rd, Crutch Ln, Droitwich WR9 0BE, UK
    Tickets sell fast! Don't miss out!
  • Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 22nd January - 26th January 2024.
    Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 22nd January - 26th January 2024.
    Mon, 22 Jan
    Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 22nd January - 26th January 2024.
    22 Jan 2024, 09:00 – 26 Jan 2024, 16:00
    Dodderhill Equestrian , Dodderhill Rd, Crutch Ln, Droitwich WR9 0BE, UK
    Enrolment to Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 22nd January - 26th January 2024. - Access to Distance Learning & 5 day Practical Course and Assessment.
  • Pathway to Saddle Fitting (Level 1&2) (1)
    Pathway to Saddle Fitting (Level 1&2) (1)
    Sat, 14 Oct
    Pathway to Saddle Fitting (Level 1&2) (1)
    14 Oct 2023, 09:00 – 16:00
    Lodge Farm, Old Basing , Lodge Farm, Pyotts Hill, Old Basing RG24 8AR
    Pathway to Saddle Fitting One Day Course. Perfect for horse owners, therapists and aspiring saddle fitters.
  • Stage 4 Advanced Saddle Fitter Course 16th-17th September 2023
    Stage 4 Advanced Saddle Fitter Course 16th-17th September 2023
    Sat, 16 Sept
    Stage 4 Advanced Saddle Fitter Course 16th-17th September 2023
    16 Sept 2023, 09:00 – 17 Sept 2023, 16:00
    Droitwich, Dodderhill Rd, Crutch Ln, Droitwich WR9 0BE, UK
    Tickets sell fast! Don't miss out!
  • Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 11th -15th SEPTEMBER 2023
    Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 11th -15th SEPTEMBER 2023
    Mon, 11 Sept
    Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 11th -15th SEPTEMBER 2023
    11 Sept 2023, 09:00 – 15 Sept 2023, 16:00
    Dodderhill Equestrian , Dodderhill Rd, Crutch Ln, Droitwich WR9 0BE, UK
    Enrolment to Stage 3 Certificate in Saddle Fitting - Access to Distance Learning & 5 day Practical Course and Assessment.
  • Stage 4 Advanced Saddle Fitter Award 19th-20th 2023 (1)
    Stage 4 Advanced Saddle Fitter Award 19th-20th 2023 (1)
    Sat, 19 Aug
    Stage 4 Advanced Saddle Fitter Award 19th-20th 2023 (1)
    19 Aug 2023, 09:00 – 20 Aug 2023, 17:00
    Droitwich, Dodderhill Rd, Crutch Ln, Droitwich WR9 0BE, UK
    Tickets sell fast! Don't miss out!
  • Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 14th-18th August 2023
    Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 14th-18th August 2023
    Mon, 14 Aug
    Stage 3 Professional Saddle Fitting Award 14th-18th August 2023
    14 Aug 2023, 09:00 – 18 Aug 2023, 17:00
    Dodderhill Equestrian , Dodderhill Rd, Crutch Ln, Droitwich WR9 0BE, UK
    Enrolment to Professional Saddle Fitting Award - Access to Distance Learning & 5 day Practical Course and Assessment.
  • Horse, Saddle, Rider Interaction - Rider Biomechanics
    Horse, Saddle, Rider Interaction - Rider Biomechanics
    Wed, 05 Jul
    Horse, Saddle, Rider Interaction - Rider Biomechanics
    05 Jul 2023, 10:00 – 16:00
    Old Basing, Pyotts Hill, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24, UK
    An interactive workshop for horse owners, coaches and riders to explore the relationship between the horse, saddle & rider.
  • Functional Anatomy & Observation Skills 1 Day CPD Course
    Functional Anatomy & Observation Skills 1 Day CPD Course
    Thu, 29 Jun
    Functional Anatomy & Observation Skills 1 Day CPD Course
    29 Jun 2023, 09:00 – 30 Jun 2023, 04:00
    Aldsworth, Sheepwash Lane, Aldsworth, Emsworth PO10 8QT, UK
    Join us for a one day hands-on and educational exploration of the horses functional anatomy and learn advanced observation abilities to level up your consultation skills.
  • Pathway to Saddle Fitting (Stage 1&2)
    Pathway to Saddle Fitting (Stage 1&2)
    Sun, 25 Jun
    Pathway to Saddle Fitting (Stage 1&2)
    25 Jun 2023, 09:00 – 16:00
    Lodge Farm, Old Basing , Lodge Farm, Pyotts Hill, Old Basing RG24 8AR
    Pathway to Saddle Fitting One Day Course. Perfect for horse owners, therapists and aspiring saddle fitters.
  • European Saddle Fitting Webinar
    European Saddle Fitting Webinar
    Wed, 17 May
    European Saddle Fitting Webinar
    17 May 2023, 19:00 – 18 May 2023, 20:30
    Webinar
    European Saddle Fitting Expert and owner of Polished Saddles joins us for a 1.5 hour live online seminar

Remote Learning Option

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