May 27, 2020

Due to the on going concerns regarding the Coronavirus, The Montana Horseman Saddle Building School chose to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff and made the very difficult decision to cancel some of our 2020 classes. In an attempt to move forward in these uncertain times, we have chosen to resume classes on July 6, 2020 and will implement some additional guidelines for our students to follow.


Students will be asked to restrict their time in town. Albertson's (a grocery store) in Belgrade opens at 6am and there are very few people in the store at that time. There are also two laundromats in Belgrade. Our work tables are approximately 10 feet apart and each student will have their own table. Each morning before saddle work begins, we hold an information session and masks will be provided and required for this time while in close contact with one another. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be readily available and bathrooms will be cleaned each evening. We feel that by adhering to these few precautions we will be as safe as possible. 

Here are the updated dates for the 2020 school year:​​

  • June 29, 2020 to July 31, 2020​

  • August 10, 2020 to September 11, 2020

  • September 21, 2020 to October 23, 2020

  • November 2, 2020 to December 4, 2020

If you wish to schedule a class time please call 406-388-1387 or email


Dale and Norma Moore

Learn the art of
Saddle Building

Knowledge builds the saddle, experience makes the difference

“Having retired from the Montana school system, I spent my life to this point being a teacher, an administrator and with a Master’s Degree in Education, I still felt the desire to teach.  I have been building saddles and tack for fifty years.  It felt the most natural next step for me was to teach what I love, the art of saddle building.  With my wife, Norma, we founded the Montana Saddle Building School.”

Dale Moore

Montana Horseman Saddle Building School is one of the most all-encompassing schools available.  Instruction is integrated with a “hands on” “learn by doing” approach.  Five weeks of detailed instruction and assistance leads each student through design and layout to a top quality Western saddle.  Instruction includes the history of antique saddles and the makers.


Dale will make you a cup of cowboy coffee, tell you true stories about snow deeper than your horse’s belly, and fog so thick you have to trust your horse to lead you out of the Montana Wilderness.  He’ll teach you more than you thought possible about horses, mules, saddles and equipment.

Just a word from Kevin (Dale's son), "For all you would be saddle makers out there, Pops would rather not see ear buds in class."