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Saddle Fitting Pathway

Your guide to becoming an SMS Registered & Qualified Saddle Fitter

The Society of Master Saddlers Certificate in Saddle Fitting is the worldwide qualification for saddle fitting and is verified & monitored by an independent educational body – City & Guilds (C&G).

The journey to SMS Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter (QSF) takes at least 3 years, and is designed to support all Trainee Saddle Fitters from introductory level to final assessments. It includes compulsory elements - in blue - recommended training - in red - and recommended learning - in gold. Committing to the full Pathway will give the greatest benefit to your saddle fitting skill set and is excellent preparation for gaining the C&G Saddle Fitting qualification. Progress through the pathway is individual and so some elements and duration may vary.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 - 5

Additional Learning

Complement your SMS Pathway and saddle fitting development by attending courses provided by our training partners; BETA, Centaur Biomechanics, and Horses Inside Out. Attendance of a one day First Aid course is also highly recommended.