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Blogging about Saddle Fit

December 22nd, 2018

Dear Readers and Riders: This will be my last blog for Horse-Canada. I have had the privilege and pleasure of writing for you on the topic of saddle fit and related subjects over the last three years, and have managed to have over 100 of my articles published on this website. I trust that one or the other person will have found something of value and interest in wh...

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Schleese Makes an Impact 'Down Under'!

December 18th, 2018

From: American Horse Publications via AHP-LIST [mailto:ahp-list@mailman.bloodhorse.com] Sent: December-16-18 9:09 PM To: AHP-LIST@mailman.bloodhorse.com Subject: AHP NEWSGROUP: Schleese Makes an Impact 'Down Under'! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   For more information : Odia Dibben, Sales Manager odia@schleese.com 1-800-225-2242   Schleese Makes a...

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Saddle Stitch News - 12/04/2018

December 4th, 2018

Saddle Stitch: Your Monthly Schleese News & Updates NEWS: Schleese Dominates in Australia!   We had such an incredible time in Australia this past month. From an absolutely packed arena at Jochen's presentation, to winning the Best Small Booth of the Year award, Equit...

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Saddle Stitch News - 11/06/2018

November 6th, 2018

Saddle Stitch: Your Monthly Schleese News & Updates NEWS: Schleese Team at the Business Excellence Awards 2018! Check out this great group photo of the Schleese team at the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Excellence Awards Ceremony last week. Schleese, among other companie...

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Another Schleese Innovation Launching Shortly

October 24th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   For Further information contact: Miriam Boutros-Dale, Managing Director miriam@schleese.com 1-800-225-2242 ex 41   Another Schleese Innovation Launching Shortly Once again Schleese leads the world of saddle fit! After having worked with over 150,000 saddle fit evaluations in the last 40 years, we have come to the realiza...

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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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