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

Our regular monthly blog called the “Saddle Stitch” may include anecdotal experiences of working with clients all over North America at all levels and dealing with all sorts of saddle fit and behavioural issues resulting from poor saddle fit. Additional contributions may include: Ambassador Rider Highlights; certified saddle fitter profiles; rider testimonials; and educational courses that have recently been held.

Saddle Fit and Red Shoes

August 10th, 2015

I thought it was a good time to revisit this since it is an often recurring question every person on my sales team gets asked when they are working in the field with clients. “What does the red shoe mean that you have in your ads? I see it at almost every show you guys are at displayed at your booth.” (For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the red patent leather...

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How Technology is Changing the Way Saddles are Fitted

August 4th, 2015

Most saddle fitters will come out to take a look at your horse and measure his withers size and shape using a flexible wire curve. This is pretty much the minimum measurement you should expect during a saddle fitting session. This does not however, tell you much more about the horse’s three-dimensional back shape (size and length of the saddle support area) and really...

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Saddle Fit and a Case Study with an Endurance Rider

July 28th, 2015

My interest in endurance riding has come through my association with some top US Endurance Riders – who I am happy to work with in keeping their horses sound over the long distances ridden in these races. I have seen this sport grow from its crazy first decades to the well regulated and exciting sport that it is today. Now, much more so than in the beginning of what h...

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Medal Reflections (no pun intended!)

July 21st, 2015

I am just sitting in the Air Canada lounge waiting for my departure for a week in Germany, where I am teaching two Saddle Ergonomist courses back to back. I am torn between writing a blog about a recent experience with one of my endurance riding clients or putting some of my thoughts down on paper about our recent dressage team at the Pan Ams.  I think the latter is m...

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Schleese Celebrates 30 years of Success - well, mostly!

July 14th, 2015

This is perfect timing – this blog will be appearing the day we begin our 30th year in business. I still have the very first dollar I made (back before there were loonie coins!) hanging in my reception area, and can look back with pride over what we have accomplished since coming over to Canada in 1986. Sabine and I were visiting Kitchener, where she grew up, on the l...

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I had originally bought my Schleese saddle for my veteran mare. Unfortunately due to soundness issues outside my realm of control I decided to retire my mare earlier than expected. Since buying my current girl as a late two year old she has changed shape many times and my saddle has been able to change right along with her. Every time I have it adjusted I'm amazing at the difference it makes for her and for me. My last adjustment was just 2 weeks ago, right after she turned 5, and on 4/28/13 we won our first o/f class (first class and first win) and she got Grand Champion in her Baby Hunter division. She brings me so much joy, the least I can do is make her as comfortable and happy in her work as possible.

— Suzanne Foster Shermans - Dale, PA

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