Heels to Horses

A journey from the corporate industry into the world of saddlery

Tag: Career Change

Clair 2018

So, I’m kind of a blogger…

…some of you have followed me since day dot (April 2015) when I started my journey of working as a Corporate PA to training to become a Saddler.

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Saddle Making Training – Week 1

Back in November (2017) I attended another training session at the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury…to embark upon the Level 2 Saddle Making training.
According to the City and Guilds Level 2 Saddlery specification I am required to make a pony saddle using a wooden saddle tree. The seat must be pigskin or hide, the skirts and flaps must be solid with knee rolls and gussets being optional. The panel should be a Continental or Saumur type and the filling should be wool only.

Here is my 16.5″ pony saddle wooden tree that I was welcomed with…

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What a year 2017 has ended up being.

Who would have thought that this time last year I was signed off work for what was to be a three month break. Depression and anxiety had crept back into the forefront of my mind following six months of true unhappiness in the day job. I had broken up for the festive holidays a few

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Welcome…

Welcome to my blog that documents the journey from being a corporate PA to a Qualified Saddler…From a very young age (around 6-7 years old) I always kept a written journal/diary and up until about 10 years ago I had kept every single one of them. I don’t know why, really, but I suppose it was like looking back on a photo album of memories, good and bad!

As an only child, growing up was hard. Although the daughter of two working class parents, I wanted for very little. I did however experience a period of bullying in my secondary school which led to me being relocated to a different school when I was just 13yrs old…

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