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What to Watch for When Buying a Saddle

December 19th, 2016

This being the Christmas season with presumably at least some riders hoping for a saddle under the tree I thought it would be worth repeating some key points I have previously touched on. In essence you may use the “9 Points of Saddle Fit as a guide”, but here are a few extra pointers. The art of fitting a saddle to both horse and rider is something which is not ex...

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Schleese Announces The Devin Grace Scholarship Fund

December 6th, 2016

From: American Horse Publications via AHP-LIST [mailto:ahp-list@mailman.bloodhorse.com] Sent: December-05-16 10:09 PM To: AHP-LIST@mailman.bloodhorse.com Subject: AHP NEWSGROUP: Schleese Announces The Devin Grace Scholarship Fund   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information and application submissions: Connie Frantzke at connie@schleese.com Schlee...

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Thankful for our Horses

December 6th, 2016

I’d like to share with you what I recently wrote for one of the US publications I submit to, because I feel it warrants repeating. In this season of being thankful (the recent US Thanksgiving holiday, and our upcoming Christmas celebrations), let’s take a few minutes to reflect on the horses we’ve loved and learned so much from. Pirat was my partner in many successful...

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Saddle Fit and the Musings of an Olympic Dressage Judge - Anne Gribbons

November 22nd, 2016

This past week Schleese Saddlery along with Saddlefit 4 Life had the pleasure and honor of hosting well-known Olympic 5* Dressage Judge, US team member and former US dressage coach Anne Gribbons at our facility in Holland Landing. Anne is going to be working with Schleese to design a new dressage saddle and totally believes in the concept of Saddlefit 4 Life of fi...

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Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd. Announced the First Group of Winners in its Yearlong 30th Anniversary Saddle Giveaway

November 21st, 2016

From: American Horse Publications via AHP-LIST [mailto:ahp-list@mailman.bloodhorse.com] Sent: Monday, November 21, 2016 8:33 PM To: AHP-LIST@mailman.bloodhorse.com Subject: AHP NEWSGROUP: Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd Announced the First Group of Winners in its Yearlong 30th Anniversary Saddle Giveaway   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2016  ...

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I just wanted to thank you for the recent article you wrote on saddle fit and hyper-flexion. In fact, I want to thank you for ALL the publications and electronic clips you have created.  Your dedication to improving the welfare of horses through education is inspiring and a principle we try to live by here. We work hard every day to make sure our horses are healthy and happy and that their needs as horses are always met, before ever considering what we need from them. I am always eager to devour your articles and webinars because of the emphasis on the horse as a living being whose physical structures have specific functions, and how to tailor our own desires/wants to work WITH these structures instead of against them. When I first learned principles of saddle fitting, I learned only about the line of the panel following the horse’s back to ensure there was full contact and no bridging, about 2-3 fingers of space between top of wither and bottom of pommel, and the classic idea (at the time) that the pommel and cantle should sit level if the saddle was in balance on the horse’s back.  Thinking back on that makes me sad that I may have made horses uncomfortable because of what I didn’t know… Through my own education endeavors, and with a strong assist from your seminars, I now understand about the saddle support area, not having a saddle riding the scapula (or causing it to jam against it with every step), not having a saddle too far back, and the importance of aligning the seat of the saddle with the optimal carrying spot at the base of the horse’s withers.  I understand that a saddle can ‘fit’ but the horse may not like the feel of it, and to look first at fit and comfort when a horse starts developing ‘attitude’. I’ve learned that a saddle can ‘fit’ in the barn but you have to confirm the fit with a person in the tack- because weight in the saddle changes things. Given we are all animal lovers, we want what’s best for the horses, even if that means they need a different job in order to be happy.  We are proud that our herd looks healthy and happy and that not one horse is ring sour. Reading your recent article, I was struck with a need to express my gratitude for the horse person you have helped me to become.  I wanted you to know about the profound impact your words and philosophy has had, not just on me, but the horses, clients and trainers I have worked with, numbering collectively in the hundreds. Thank you again, I look forward to future articles.  

— Seana Waldon - Ontario

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