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 Saddle Straightness

February 18th, 2015

Here’s a common situation: When I have the saddle on the horse, the tree fits, the panels are leveled, and the rider is sitting in balance on both her seat bones, so statically everything looks ok. Then the horse starts moving. The saddle does what is has to do, it stays in place and at this moment I am satisfied what I see, how the saddle is working for the horse. Bu...

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Saddle Fit and Trainer Certification

February 9th, 2015

I am really gratified to see how the German professional trainer’s association, the FN, and the German National Riding School have started to see the necessity of including a module on saddle fitting for their trainer certification programs. I hope that at some point the North American factions will also agree that the value of this is crucial to their curricula since...

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Saddle Fit and Kissing Spines

February 3rd, 2015

There are still differing opinions as to whether kissing spines is a disease with predilection already present at birth, or whether it is caused by ‘something’ (poor saddle fit, poor riding, etc.) during the course of the horse’s life. Dr. Carol Vischer, DVM in NY has done extensive research and come to the conclusion that kissing spine is a disease that some horses a...

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Two Divergent Theories on Saddle Fitting

January 27th, 2015

There are many opinions and theories on saddle fitting. Occasionally we have even heard riders say “I have been using my saddle for x number of years. It fits me perfectly and fits every horse I use.” I have to really bite my tongue on that one but usually just manage to smile and say. “Lucky you”. Some people are unfortunately just not open to being educated on the f...

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Why I Do What I Do... A Master Saddler's Mission

January 20th, 2015

“I followed the advice of experts. The result… a ‘textbook case’ of torture for my poor horse!” “In 1982 after qualifying for the European Championships I had to retire my beautiful Hanoverian gelding for lameness, and my riding career came abruptly to an end. I wish I knew then what I have learned in the past 25 years as a Certified Master Saddler consulting with equ...

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I bought my first Schleese saddle in 2005 after I tried my coach's Wave on my horse... and instantly was able to get leg yields that I had been fighting for. Though I didn't buy the Wave (I got a JES Elite) I was pretty much hooked! After that, my saddle got tried on a LOT of horses in our barn, and every owner in the barn ended up buying a Schleese because of how much they liked mine. I now am collecting Schleese saddles, having just bought my 2nd JES Elite. I love the way it's adjustable to so many horses, especially those tricky-to-fit thoroughbreds!!

— Caleigh R, Kingston, Ontario

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