Our Workshop

Frank Baines Saddlery is renowned for the quality and precision of our hand-crafted saddles.  There is no production line at Frank Baines Saddlery; each of our fully trained and experienced saddlers take ownership of the journey of a new saddle from its initial creation to its ultimate finish ensuring each saddle is made to measure.

Working to precise measurements from qualified saddle fitters, we make a saddle based on laminated beech wood tree templates, or our new hybrid tree which combines our two most popular trees.  The saddle tree provides the frame from which the saddle is built.  Our trees are available in a variety of width fittings and various lengths.  Please see our individual saddle products for further details of available widths.

Different high quality materials are used for different components of the saddle with the leather cut out by hand using cutting tools.  In our workshop, each saddler sits at their own work bench hand stitching the saddle together using traditional tools.

Depending on the specific requirements, our saddles are made with round or square cantles with narrow or medium twists, a range of seat depths with full or ¾ front gussets and a range of gullets to minimise pressure on the horse’s spine.  In addition, padded quilted flaps are available for extra rider comfort and wool flocked panels for ultimate freedom in the horse’s shoulder to allow for extra movement.

At Frank Baines Saddlery we invest in sourcing only the highest quality raw materials. In response to customer feedback, riders can customise the design of their saddle by selecting from a range of colour options for the welting around the seat and cantle, cantle insert, rear facing and matching stitching plus further embellishment with Swarovski Elements.

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Frank Baines Saddlery workshop

Frank Baines Saddlery workshop

Frank Baines Saddlery workshop

Frank Baines Saddlery workshop

Frank Baines Saddlery workshop

Frank Baines Saddlery workshop

Frank Baines Saddlery workshop

Frank Baines Saddlery workshop

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