August 26, 2021


In order to provide as much safety and protection from COVID for both instructors and attending students, the following procedures and precautions will be observed and followed:

1. Anyone visiting the school must wear a mask. Masks are provided at the door. Students and instructors in contact with visitors will also observe the mask rule.

2. The shop is large and adequate to provide sufficient workspace. During the first week of each class when demonstrations and close contact is necessary, the mask rule will be observed.

3. Handwashing with soap and water as well as hand sanitizer will be observed.

4. The bathroom will be sanitized at the end of each workday.

5. Students will limit travel and contacts outside of the school.

6. Albertson's grocery store in Belgrade opens at 6am. The County Market opens at 7am. The school will adjust the class times to accommodate these openings.

7. [IMPORTANT] The Delta variant of COVID has spiked among unvaccinated adults and children. In order to protect incoming students as well as staff, we will require proof of vaccination for all attending students, starting with our next class on October 4, 2021. Thank you to those who have requested this safeguard, as well as the understanding of those students already booked.

Thank you to everyone for helping to make the saddle school a safe and rewarding experience.

Here are the dates for the 2021/2022 school year:​​​

  • August 23, 2021..........September 17, 2021

  • October 4, 2021..........October 29, 2021

  • November 8, 2021..........December 3, 2021

  • December 12, 2021.........December 17, 2021: Pack Saddle/Pack Equipment

  • December 29, 2021.........January 25, 2022

  • January 31, 2022.........February 25, 2022

  • March 7, 2022.........April 1, 2022

  • April 11, 2022.........May 6, 2022

  • May 16, 2022.........June 10, 2022

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


Norma and Dale Moore

Cody McDowell

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."