Fit is Everything - Infinitely Adjustable for Optimal Comfort & Performance!

New Book Explores the Painful Truth of Saddle Fit and Offers Innovative Solutions for Horse and Rider

November 27th, 2013

Each year riders, trainers, and horse owners spend fortunes (literally) on veterinary attention, farrier work, pharmaceuticals, supplements, and physical therapies, all in an attempt to keep their horses healthy, sound, and performing their best. They invest time and money in finding their own boots, breeches, helmets, and chaps to ensure what they wear in the saddle ...

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Jump Ahead with a Jeté!

October 14th, 2013

Schleese Saddlery, long known as a significant player in the dressage saddle market, and specializing in saddles made specifically for women, has now ventured into the hunter/jumper market with its revolutionary Jeté saddle. The word Jeté comes from the French and in its verb form (jeter) simply means “to jump”. Jeté itself is a noun and means ‘the Jump’ – in balle...

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Saddle UP! Saddle Fit and Trail Riding

August 1st, 2013

Have you been noticing a trend in the equestrian industry? The demographics have been quietly changing in the last couple of decades - more and more, female baby boomers at the end of the spectrum are entering the riding world. Many of them used to ride when they were younger and have taken up the sport again – but almost as many are finding their way to this sport as...

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Symptomatic lameness

June 1st, 2013

We have discussed several aspects of a badly fitting saddle. These include incorrectly faced tree points, too narrow gullet channels, and not enough freedom at the withers all around the pommel area. All these can lead to the symptomatic appearance of various issues that warrant calling out the veterinarian, such as persistent lameness, back pain, S-I joint issues and...

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Who is Jochen Schleese? Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist is the short answer.

April 1st, 2013

Not only your horse’s, but your well-being, comfort and back health depends on your team of professionals working together.  We went to the ‘street’ to talk to professionals in Jochen Schleese’s Saddlefit 4 Life® global network. Some shared facts learned at a Professional Seminar, Equine Ergonomist course, veterinary conference or in an 80 point diagnostic evaluation,...

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Ten years ago I purchased a lovely three yr. old Friesian cross to train for dressage, not realizing the size he would attain for my small frame.  He quickly outgrew my extra wide saddle and my other hoop tree saddle was so very painful for my hips that I actually was diagnosed with torn labral cartilage and subsequent further OA degeneration of both hip joints.  I then began to ride in my other trail saddle with panels that "sort of" fit the broad back/mutton withers but completely destroyed attempts at a effective dressage position and continued to be very painful for me. Having spent a summer with a driving instructor and realizing that was not for me, my only choice seemed to be selling my now beautifully trained and well loved horse and finding a "skinny little one" I could perhaps ride after the recommended bilateral hip replacement surgeries. By now you can probably see where this note is going; yes, I signed up for a Schleese evaluation last summer, rode in a loaner until my custom was made and now, after several weeks in my new Schleese, even the severe and chronic tendinitis has mostly healed and finally at age 74, I'm working with a Centered Riding instructor, attending clinics and riding better than I ever have on Mr. Propane Tank. So, thank you for the extensive time and effort you have taken to develop saddles that enable us little older women to continue to enjoy what we have devoted so many years to attaining even with our imperfect joints, and in my case, to avoid drastic surgeries.

— Linda Greenman - Fort Collins, CO

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