FIND YOUR ESSENTIAL
flocking tool kit HERE
A full reflock is a satisfying job, allowing the fully trained Saddle Fitter to achieve correct and comfortable saddle balance where the tree and panel design, and seat and blocks otherwise complement the horse and rider.
Reflocking is not just about the panel and wool – it is also an opportunity to check the soundness and symmetry of the tree, stirrup bars, girthing, and panel, and to make your findings known to the client where safety or comfort may be compromised. It is also the time – only where the Fitter has completed the appropriate training – to add or remove point or balance girth straps and to make any small repairs to stitching. It must be stressed that all Fitters should have recourse to a qualified Saddler for work that they are not able or qualified to carry out themselves. We find that Saddlers are happy to advise, and to take on work for you or your client. Don’t be shy to seek help where it is needed, especially when you are beginning.
It can be daunting for those who have never ‘dropped a panel’ (cut the stitching to separate the panel from the seat), let alone ‘laced’ one back in again. Even if you have a tool list, how do you know that you are about to order the correct awl or needle … and what is a clicker knife? We hope that this guide will set you up to complete good work in your own workshop, having gained your flocking training.
All the essential tools and materials mentioned in this article can be purchased separately.
Please note that this guide lists the key tools for each stage – if a tool has been used in an earlier part of the process it will not be listed again. Your tutor will instruct you on when and how to use each tool and/or material. Tools marked with a ** are not available from Abbey but may easily be found at a DIY or craft store.