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Salary: £15000.00 to £40000.00 per year
Hours: 8.00 - 5.00pm Monday to Friday, but may be longer to meet deadlines or when urgent repairs are required
Description: An electrical/electronic engineer repairs the electrical and electronic components of agricultural machinery.
Salary: £25000.00 to £40000.00 per year
Hours: 8.00 - 5.00 Monday to Friday. But may be longer to meet deadines and at peak times, for instance harvesting when urgent repairs to machinery is required.
Description: An agricultural engineer maintains agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery.
Salary: £20000.00 to £38000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Agricultural engineering technicians help to solve practical engineering problems in land-based industries.
Salary: £20000.00 to £80000.00 per year
Hours: 40 per week
Description: Renewable energy engineers work on the research, design and construction of power generation plants and wind farms.
Salary: £15000.00 to £30000.00 per year
Hours: Varied
Description: A saddle fitter fits the saddles and advises on the best saddles to suit the horse and the rider. Whereas a saddler makes the saddles. Some professionals fit the saddle and make it as well. Saddle Fitter: You may work for a saddle and tack manufacturing company or for a bespoke saddler and fitter. You may be employed to represent a specific manufacturer; or in a small individual company; or be self-employed representing a manufacturer; or self-employed making bespoke saddles. Your work will take place at stable yards. Saddler: You may be making saddles in a manufacturing environment using machinery or you may be making hand-made saddles for a small company.

Saddle Fitter/Saddler

Salary: £15000.00 to £30000.00 per year
Hours: Varied
Description: A saddle fitter fits the saddles and advises on the best saddles to suit the horse and the rider. Whereas a saddler makes the saddles. Some professionals fit the saddle and make it as well. Saddle Fitter: You may work for a saddle and tack manufacturing company or for a bespoke saddler and fitter. You may be employed to represent a specific manufacturer; or in a small individual company; or be self-employed representing a manufacturer; or self-employed making bespoke saddles. Your work will take place at stable yards. Saddler: You may be making saddles in a manufacturing environment using machinery or you may be making hand-made saddles for a small company.

Entry Requirements

A good knowledge of horses and extensive experience in handling horses and riding. Knowledge of the anatomy of horses and of the different demands on horses depending on their use.

It is an initial 3-4 year training involving practical and theoretical work with continuing development to upgrade your professional qualifications. It is most common to start as an apprentice while also studying for qualifications with the Society of Master Saddlers (SMS)

Skills Required

  • Ability to handle a horse
  • Practical skills
  • A driving licence is essential for a saddle fitter

Typical Day

Saddle Fitter

Your day to day tasks will vary.

  • Loading the saddles needed for day's appointments into your van
  • Driving from appointment to appointment at private stables or livery yards
  • Handling horses, exploring what is expected of the horses and their riders
  • Assessing their saddle requirements
  • Quoting for orders

Saddler:

  • Making new saddles to order or adjusting old ones
  • Working in a manufacturing environment, using leather machinery to stitch
  • Or working in a small workshop, hand stitching saddles

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

Saddle Fitter hours are variable and sometimes out of hours.

Saddler: 8.30 – 5.00 weekdays.

Saddle Fitter: outside at stable yards.  

Saddler: in a manufacturing environment or a small leather workshop

Career Path

This is a buoyant career at present, partly because it is often forgotten as a career for horse lovers. But as horse riding becomes more and more popular so does the demand for good saddle fitters.

With a good reputation, you could work freelance.

Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor