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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.

The Pan Ams are Coming!

July 7th, 2015

Given that the games are officially starting this weekend, I thought it would be a timely topic for the weekly blog. I understand that they are still thinking about who the flag bearer should be and that Ian Millar is in the final running – I hope they give it to him; no one has done more in our sport or competed in more international events than Captain Canada. That’...

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Saddle Fit and Custom Saddles

June 30th, 2015

What does “Custom” really mean? What does “Quality” entail? I have to say that one of our competitors in the North American market – the company which uses the concept of ‘custom saddles’ eponymously – was absolutely brilliant in its choice of name. When people talk about their custom saddles you never know whether they are referring to the brand or the actual saddle ...

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Saddle Fit and the Heavier Rider

June 17th, 2015

At the risk of offending any our readers, this is a topic which does need to be addressed in all honesty. I am not trying to insult anyone here, since the issue of proper saddle fit is not by any means limited to heavier riders – all riders and all horses can and will benefit from a correctly fitted saddle! However, heavier riders bring with them a whole different set...

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Superstition has its way...

June 9th, 2015

I thought this was a really interesting topic being covered as a series in Horse Sport over the next couple of issues, so I thought I would add my two cents worth in the blog. Jochen has deferred to me for this week and allowed me a presence, especially because one of the stories is actually about him and it is better told in the third person. I find it hard to unders...

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Saddle Fit and Trainer Influence and Endorsements

June 2nd, 2015

Here I am working with the head trainer of the Lusitano Association in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Davil Carrano – who helped me develop our “Obrigado” saddle I want to preface this blog by saying that trainers are often the biggest assets in this industry.  In my opinion there are two types of trainers: one type works very hard to enhance their education and...

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... I had no intention of buying a new dressage saddle (I meant to see which saddle fit him best then try and buy a used one) but as soon as I sat in the Schleese Connexion saddle I really liked it. It was also immediately obvious that my horse liked it too as he went from being a little bit stiff and shuffling to big extravagant floaty paces within a few strides! The saddle is well made, the leather feels great & it has large external knee blocks which are really good at helping me keep the correct position & gives me a bit of extra security (my horse is a big warmblood with a huge stride who can suddenly explode skywards!). I also like that it's a monoflap as I feel really close to my horse (& there's less to clean which is a bonus for me). The only thing I don't like is that the saddle is rather heavy but my horse doesn't seem to object. Very well made, it is very comfortable & it looks great. I bought this saddle about 1 month ago & I can honestly say that this is the best purchase I have ever made for me & my horse. I tried different Schleese models. I was surprised how different they felt so it's a case of trying different models out to see what suits you and your horse the best. The difference in the way my horse moves is amazing. In my old saddle I felt like I was always fighting to get/stay in the correct position but in this saddle I sit correctly and can concentrate on actually riding.    

— Posting by RSH

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