Patchwork Saddlery is an independent saddle fitter. We can evaluate and/or service all makes and models of English saddles (regardless of which brand you choose to ride in), including jumping, all purpose, endurance, and dressage saddles. We are committed to working with any saddle you may have to make sure it is as perfect as possible for both you and your horse.  Should you be interested in purchasing a new saddle, we have different brands of saddles at different price points. The saddles that we have chosen to sell are saddles which adhere to the highest standards of quality.

As a trained and insured Society of Master Saddlers saddle fitter, it is our mission to ensure that your saddle allows you and your horse to perform at your very best, whether it be showing, hunting or pleasure riding!

Saddle Fitting Consultations take about 1 hour, and include the following:

- Complete assessment of your horse's health and soundness history.

- Measurements of your horse's back. These “tracings” are used to track your horse's growth and weight patterns.

- Thorough hands-on assessment of your horse's back to detect any irregularities or discomfort.

- Analysis of your horse in motion, both in-hand and on the lunge.

- Analysis of your saddle, on the cross-ties, and while riding.

- Test riding new and used saddles from our saddle stock.

The fee per horse is $125 plus travel

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Frequently asked questions

What kind of saddles do you work with?

I work with any brand of "English" style saddles, including: All Purpose, Dressage, and Jump/Close Contact. For those saddles that have flocked(wool or synthetic stuffing) panels, I am able to adjust or reflock entirely. For saddles with foam panels, I can check for fit and determine if there are any viable padding options. I am also available to assess fit and padding options for Western saddles.

What is included in the Assessment fee?

We will talk about his health history and I will document everything that may relate to saddle fit and performance. Templates, or tracings, of your horses back will be taken, as well as photos of his conformation to have on file. These will be used when reflocking a saddle, and also kept on file to determine if his back has changed between visits. I will then evaluate the existing saddle (or we can discuss a potential new one).I will assess for fit on the cross-ties and watch the horse move without the saddle (lunging or free lunging) observing his range of motion and striding. Next, I watch the horse move with a saddle but no rider, and finally, I watch you ride in the saddle. All findings and observations are documented in your horses file. The entire process takes approximately 1 hour.

What if I have multiple saddles for you to look at?

The entire process is repeated and I document every saddle that we work with for your horses file.

What are the rates if I'm looking to purchase a new saddle?

If you are looking to purchase a new saddle from me, I only charge the assessment fee. You are not obligated to purchase any of the saddles I offer, and I will keep records of your horse's information in case you find another saddle that you'd like me to look at. If you decide to purchase one of my saddles, you will pay for the saddle up front, delivery included. Also included with the purchase of a new saddle is a complimentary saddle check and flocking adjustment (excludes farm call and any mileage), that must be scheduled within ninety days of purchase of the saddle. After ninety days, regular rates apply.

When should I call you to have my saddle checked?

It's a good idea to have your saddle checked if your horse's behavior or performance suddenly changes, if he develops a mystery lameness, or if you feel the underneath of the saddle is uneven, hard and/or lumpy. Anew saddles should be checked 2-3 months after you've been riding in it. Saddles with flocked panels should be checked every 3-6 months to yearly to make sure they haven't packed down too much. This may be needed more frequently if your horse has a tendency to change seasonally.

Do you offer onsite reflocking?

Yes and no. I offer "on site" flocking up for any saddle (this is a top off which means adjusting the current flocking and adding flocking as needed).For any saddle that requires a complete reflock (also known as a strip flock),this must be taken apart on my bench to be reflocked properly.

Assessment Fees

Farm Call & Assessment, $125

This includes travel fee (within40 miles), initial assessment, templates, examination of one horse & rider. An assessment takes approximately one hour and includes a detailed health and soundness analysis, templates of your horse's back, movement analysis, and complete assessment of saddles to test ride. · Multiple Horses - $100 for each additional horse · Assessing Other Saddles - There is no additional fee for this, as long as I am working with the same horse & rider combination. If further than 40 miles from Avon, NY then add $0.60 per mile round trip. Mileage is calculated from "door to door". Travel fee can be shared between multiple parties. Adjustments such as flocking saddles are in addition to the assessment fee.


Fitting appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will incur a $75 cancellation fee