3-Day Clinic in the UK with Jochen Schleese, Caroline Lindsay and Dr. Sue Dyson

American Horse Publications
August 14, 2017
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3 Day Clinic in the UK with Jochen Schleese, Saddlefit 4 Life, Caroline Lindsay of Perfect Movement Solutions and Dr. Sue Dyson of the Animal Health Trust

Caroline Lindsay
Caroline Lindsay of Perfect Movement Solutions

Jochen Schleese joined UK based Veterinary Physiotherapist, Caroline Lindsay, to launch the MSFConnection’s international continuing professional development initiative this weekend in England.  Attended by 25 interested equestrian enthusiasts and equine professionals, with special guest Dr Sue Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopedics at the Centre for Equine Studies in Newmarket, UK (and well-known expert on equine lameness!), it was deemed a great success.
The inaugural event got off to a great start August 4 in North Hertfordshire, UK, at a big, beautiful, Victorian country house venue where a ‘pop up’ classroom was set up in a barn, surrounded by horses close at hand when needed for hands on explanations and demonstration.  Within this ambient setting, a closer connection was made with the horses as well as the many equine therapists and saddle fitters who attended to make this event truly memorable with high quality saddle fitting information, providing modern saddle fitting with a platform on which to air opinion on sound fitting practices for the future.
Caroline Lindsay’s presentation covered the perspective of saddle fitting and riding from a veterinary physiotherapist’s stance where aspects of when a horse may not be quite ready for saddle fitting were covered, together with tips on how to prepare a horse for being better able to carry a rider by using ground schooling and static back strengthening techniques.  A professional videographer, Lloyd Ludgrove, captured this unique presentation for inclusion in the MSFConnection.com website video library when the website goes live in the near future.
Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese, the author of the best-seller “Suffering in Silence: the Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses”, gave an insightful presentation, which was enthusiastically received by all (especially Dr. Dyson!). He covered saddle fitting in great depth, exploring the concept of male and female saddle design requirements and the areas on the horse’s back where saddle contact should be both distributed and avoided.  Jochen said, “These are the kinds of courses that will change the course of saddle fitting in the industry. The more aware that riders are of the issues facing them and their horses, the more the demand will grow for regulation and education.”
Dr. Dyson was especially complimentary to Jochen Schleese, noting: “Several years ago I read a review of his book, ordered it immediately, read it several times over and realised that here was someone that was on the same wavelength as myself. This was reemphasised over the last several days. It was a real pleasure to meet him in person, learn from him and feel inspired to continue to keep trying to improve the lot of the horse.” 
Dr Gerry van Oossanen, Founder of the MSFC Academy and MSFConnection adds: “Our first event under the flag of MSFConnection was a very successful one. It shows how different professionals with sometimes different opinions can still work together in a very respectful way. This is what MSFConnection is all about, since we all join one passion: our love for the horse.”
About Jochen Schleese and Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd.
Jochen Schleese graduated from Passier as a Certified Master Saddler and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in North America. Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd is the world leading manufacturer of saddles designed for women, specializing in the unique anatomical requirements of female riders. Schleese authorized representatives provide diagnostic saddle fit analysis and saddle fitting services across North America to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider. For more information about Schleese Saddlery Ltd. please go to www.saddlesforwomen.com
Jochen Schleese is also the author of the best-selling “Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses”. Watch for the 3rd edition now available in paperback by Trafalgar Books with additional chapters and brand new pictures!

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