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 Asymmetry (Crookedness - Both Horse and Rider)

May 24th, 2015

I recently came across a client who had an issue that seems not uncommon. Rider balance is a hot topic nowadays, and often when you look at pictures of riders from behind, they are not sitting quite straight (not even top riders!) When I had the saddle on the horse, the tree fit, the panels were level (this particular saddle had Flair panels filled with air), the ride...

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Saddle Fit and "Girth Galls"

May 19th, 2015

‘Tis the season’ for girth itch and girth galls Girth itch – a nasty little infection similar to ringworm that occurs typically this time of year – hot, sweaty, humid…  It typically affects younger horses or those who are immuno-suppressed, can be spread by dirty tack or using brushes on multiple horses. It’s a pain… Starts as dandruff l...

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Saddle Fit and Fit to the Rider

May 17th, 2015

Anatomy in general is a crucial factor in saddle fit, as is gender. Men generally have it much easier when trying to find a saddle that fits, because saddles have been traditionally built by men, for men.  While women may have an inherent conformational disadvantage, with exercises and muscular development (and a saddle which takes their anatomy into consideration) th...

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Saddle Fit and 'Bad Behaviour' - Part II - Cranial Nerve 11 (CN11)

May 10th, 2015

Cranial Nerve 11 (CN11) While this may seem like a rather dry conclusion to the little series on “Horses Behaving Poorly” it actually explains a lot. Over 50 million years of equine evolution have seen the stallion biting its opponents in the wither area to determine dominance and literally bring rivals ‘to their knees’. Stallions will also bite mares in t...

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"Bad Horse!!" (Really? How about 'Bad Rider!' or 'Bad Saddle!'??) - Part I

May 4th, 2015

Horse rearing possibly due to uncomfortable and maybe even painful saddle fit. There have been a proliferation of articles appearing over the past year in all sorts of publications discussing  “how to slow down the rushing horse”; “how to ride the stumble out of your horse”; “how to make your horse go forward”; how to how to how to. All of these negative and unwanted ...

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I write to extend my gratitude once again and express my pleasure in meeting Jochen Schleese and Christiane Noelting this last weekend (March 8) at the Schleese clinic at Los Lagos. I was thoroughly impressed by the personable yet professional manner in which they conducted the saddle evaluation and fitting process. My beloved mare Greta and I have endured quite a journey from injury to recovery and have struggled to progress in training. I had suspected but am now thoroughly convinced that my current saddle is a major obstacle to that progression. Riding in the Obrigado was nothing short of liberating. I now humbly acknowledge that I have been riding in a poorly suited saddle but I am also redeemed that we were able to demonstrate that we are capable of so much more in our riding (during the test ride). It is quite evident that Jochen has a solid understanding of equine and human anatomy and biomechanics and that this serves as the foundation upon which this tremendous line of saddles is based. It was such a transformation between the two rides. Christiane gave great care and attention to Greta and me in schooling us during the test ride and did so freely. I anticipate that this is not part of the standard process and so I wanted to ensure that you all knew how appreciative I was that she took the time to share her expertise. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and philosophy.

— Shannon R. Murphy, PhD - Elverta, California

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