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 Bad? Behaviour - The 'Rummy Royal' Case Study

April 27th, 2015

It has been my experience that horses do not consciously ‘misbehave’ (an anthropomorphism that is often incorrectly attributed to horses who are simply reacting to outside stimuli resulting in unwanted conduct). As such, the following situation could be clearly attributed to a fairly straightforward cause-and-effect situation that became very obvious very quickly. At ...

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Saddle Fit and Bumps and Blisters

April 20th, 2015

I often come across this issue when I am fitting saddles. I have included a couple of pictures of various horses that I have worked with – all of whom developed these funny looking bumps or blisters after I fitted their saddles! That was always really strange to me, until I actually researched the phenomenon and spoke to several veterinarians about the causes and reas...

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Lameness Causes Saddle Slip? Or Vice Versa?

April 13th, 2015

©2015 courtesy of Saddlefit 4 Life® and with thanks to Murielle Price, once of our Certified Equine Ergonomists working in California who is actually sending a version of the blog as a letter to the editor of “USDF Connections” magazine. One of the most common reasons for a horse indicating a subluxation in the spine or SI joint is because the gullet plate...

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Saddle Fit and Hyperflexion

April 6th, 2015

Unfortunately Totilas is shown here forced into extreme Hyperflexion! I feel compelled to respond to an article recently appearing in an international publication which so totally goes against everything we stand for which was discussing the (former) wonder horse ‘Totilas’. This is a pretty controversial topic – directly related to Dr. Gerd Heuschmann’s campaign again...

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Saddle Fit and Endurance Riding

April 5th, 2015

Sharma Gaponoff competing in the 50 mile “Rides of March” – clever name!! Endurance riders (and horses) are the marathon athletes of the equestrian world. Obviously, long hours of preparation and training go into every event.  Many endurance riders include dressage training as part of the curriculum to strengthen the horse’s back – in a properly adju...

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When I had qualified and entered Amistad for Rolex 2010 it was there I decided was a good place to start looking for a saddle sponsor with all the vendors available.  There were so many saddles to look at many representatives to speak to.  I had met Miriam Boutros at the Schleese Saddlery booth while I was sitting in every saddle they had.  She was professional, courteous and very friendly taking the utmost time to tell me all about their saddles how they are fitted so horse and rider can get optimal comfort out of their saddle. It was the detail of explanation plus sitting in them and liking the feel myself that I picked Schleese Saddles out of all the vendors I visited to ask for a sponsorship and with fingers crossed approximately 4 weeks later I got a call that they'd come and fit my horse for me.  I was excited to ride in a Schleese saddle! Schleese saddles are in my opinion by far the best saddles on the market for comfort, quality & looks for the rider and allowing any horse to perform to its highest ability because of the freedom of movement it provides and also the comfort of how/where it sits on any horse that is fortunate to be properly fitted with one! I have been riding in their saddles for almost 8 years now and as 2018 is just around the corner I would like to thank you, Jochen and Sabine, for your superior Saddles which I have had the honour to be sponsored with.  Julia Dixon you are amazing and talented saddle fitter our horses love you! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart and I would like to wish Schleese Saddlery and all its staff a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  

— Michele Mueller, Olympian, Port Perry, ON, Canada

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