Unit of competency details

MSTLG3007 - Assemble saddle components (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
The Deleted usage recommendation was implemented on 13 June 2017 to describe training components that have no replacement. Enrolments in training components and statements of attainment or qualifications issued before 13 June 2017 are valid. For any components marked as deleted after 13 June 2017, the applicable transition/teach-out periods apply. For specific questions regarding the enrolment, delivery or issuance of a statement of attainment/qualification, please contact your training regulator.
DeletedDeleted from MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear12/Apr/2021
Supersedes and is equivalent to LMTLG3007A - Assemble saddle componentsSupersedes and is equivalent to LMTLG3007A Assemble saddle components03/Jul/2016

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 04/Jul/2016


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030199 Manufacturing Engineering And Technology, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030199 Manufacturing Engineering And Technology, N.e.c.  17/Nov/2016 
The content being displayed has been produced by a third party, while all attempts have been made to make this content as accessible as possible it cannot be guaranteed. If you are encountering issues following the content on this page please consider downloading the content in its original form

Unit of competency

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to LMTLG3007A Assemble saddle components


This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to fit, shape and assemble saddle components, including fitting a saddle tree.

Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities. Work is performed within industry codes, standards and defined procedures.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Leather production

Unit Sector

Not applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Determine job requirements 


Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)


Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times


Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs


Identify job requirements from customer requirements, specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


Interpret shaping and fitting requirements 


Gather and record information about customer requirements for fitting and shaping


Identify saddle tree requirements


Identify fitting and shaping requirements


Identify attachments and additional features


Identify and document ordering requirements for saddle tree or associated materials and equipment


Document and check all identified requirements against original customer requirements, and place any required orders


Prepare to fit and assemble saddle 


Identify all assembly tasks


Obtain, modify or construct saddle tree to meet customer requirements


Prepare materials and equipment for saddle assembly


Identify and prepare saddle components


Set up work area in accordance with task requirements and workplace procedures


Fit and assemble saddle 


Check saddle tree for quality and against horse dimensions and undertake further fitting consultation with client or supervisor, if required


Apply saddle pieces and padding onto tree


Fix padding into position and join saddle pieces


Fix attachments and additional features into position


Dry shaped saddle


Complete saddle assembly 


Check assembly of saddle to ensure requirements are met and undertake further consultation with client or supervisor, if required


Check saddle for quality and correct assembly and address any defects and make modifications, as required


Review saddle assembly with customer or supervisor to ensure requirements are met


Finalise assembly and housekeeping


Complete all required documentation

Foundation Skills

This section describes those required skills (language, literacy and numeracy) that are essential to performance.

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

This field allows for different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included.

Workplace procedures include one or more of the following: 

  • requirements prescribed by legislation, industry codes and standards, awards, agreements and conditions of employment
  • SOPs
  • work instructions
  • oral, written and visual communication
  • PPE
  • quality practices, including responsibility for maintenance of own work quality and contribution to quality improvement of team or section output
  • housekeeping
  • tasks related to environmental protection, waste disposal, pollution control and recycling
  • WHS practices

Australian Standards include: 

  • the relevant industry or Australian Standards that are current at the time this unit is being undertaken

Information requirements include one or more of the following: 

  • breed and size of horse for saddle
  • physical characteristics of horse (e.g. high-withered, short-backed and flat-backed)
  • horse riding tasks (e.g. cutting, racing and working)
  • weight requirements
  • padding requirements

Additional features include one or more of the following: 

  • desired leather stain
  • decorative elements
  • accessories
  • dyeing
  • stamping
  • lacing

Preparation includes one or more of the following: 

  • cleaning
  • checking for foreign objects
  • sharpening (tools)
  • checking for faults or damage

Checking saddle tree includes the following: 

  • making sure the gullet is clear of the horse's backbone
  • checking the tree is soundly constructed
  • checking the tree is of suitable composition and weight for the intended purpose
  • checking the tree is aligned to specified swell and canter

WHS practices  

WHS practices must include hazard identification and control, risk assessment and implementation of risk reduction measures specific to the tasks described by this unit, and include one or more of the following:

  • manual handling techniques
  • PPE
  • safe materials handling
  • ergonomic arrangement of workplaces
  • following marked walkways
  • safe storage of equipment
  • housekeeping
  • reporting accidents and incidents
  • other WHS practices relevant to the job and enterprise

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to LMTLG3007A Assemble saddle components


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=a203ec5c-de7d-406b-b3e1-8f1a9b76e92e


Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to LMTLG3007A Assemble saddle components

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy the requirements of the elements and performance criteria, and include:

  • reading and following work instructions, standard operating procedures (SOPs), safe work practices, industry codes and standards
  • interpreting and applying saddle specifications from customer requirements
  • identifying faults and quality of leather
  • obtaining or modifying mould for shaping
  • using saddlery tools and equipment and undertaking assembly techniques to assemble at least two (2) saddle components
  • fixing padding into position and joining saddle pieces
  • fixing additional attachments and features into position
  • checking saddle for quality and correct assembly, addressing any defects and making modifications as needed
  • maintaining accurate records.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence must be provided that demonstrates knowledge of:

  • safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • relevant Australian Standards
  • features and purposes of different types of saddles
  • fitting and shaping requirements for different horse breeds and riding requirements
  • meaning of terms used in the fitting and shaping of saddles
  • horse anatomy, as relevant to saddle fitting
  • saddle components, attachments and common additional features
  • attachments:
  • plates
  • rings
  • ties
  • stirrups
  • saddle trees, their materials and how they are made and adjusted
  • work area set-up for saddle assembly
  • assembly tasks:
  • obtaining, making and adjusting the saddle tree
  • marking
  • stitching
  • adding attachments
  • padding
  • shaping
  • fitting of saddle horn, bridle and rings
  • polishing
  • creasing
  • staining
  • finishing
  • leather performance and handling requirements
  • methods for examining saddles for faults and quality
  • tools and equipment for making saddlery products
  • materials and equipment:
  • mould or stand
  • drying or curing equipment
  • wetting agents
  • stitching tools
  • threads
  • padding
  • measuring tape
  • assembly instructions or specifications
  • stitching techniques and equipment
  • attachments used in saddlery
  • padding materials and procedures for applying
  • quality standards of the enterprise and the industry
  • work health and safety (WHS) and environmental aspects of relevant processes
  • relevant federal and state or territory legislative or regulatory requirements
  • required documentation:
  • shaping procedure/modifications applied
  • adjustments
  • customer order information
  • recording and reporting procedures.

Assessment Conditions

  • Assessors must:
  • satisfy the assessor competency requirements that are in place at the time of the assessment, as set by the VET regulator
  • have vocational competency in assembling saddle components, at least to the level being assessed, with relevant industry knowledge and experience.
  • Assessment should occur in operational workplace situations. Where this is not possible, or where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment must occur in a sufficiently rigorous simulated environment reflecting realistic operational workplace conditions. This must cover all aspects of workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
  • Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
  • Conditions for assessment must include access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required, including relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications associated with this unit.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=a203ec5c-de7d-406b-b3e1-8f1a9b76e92e