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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I want to thank the staff for their professionalism at my saddle fitting.  I had such a great learning experience.  The information was presented in a clear manner and all of my questions answered.  I also am amazed at the quick follow up to make sure I was happy with my saddle.  The technology used to build and design these saddles is mind blowing.  My saddle fits my horse so well and I have never been this comfortable riding in my life.  I know my horse is so grateful every time I put the saddle on and off.  Horsemanship has been my life passion and I can not stress enough how this saddle has changed my life.  I would encourage anyone to have a fitting to access a saddle you own or to purchase a Schleese saddle for the comfort of yourself and especially for your horse. Thank you so much!

— Ginny Bell - Treadwell, NY

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