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 "the Old Folks"

March 30th, 2015

Jochen Schleese and 48 year old ‘Lucky’ I absolutely love the idea that the Dressage Foundation www.dressagefoundation.org has, of celebrating their “Century Club” – riders and their horses who together are at least 100 years old. It is always so wonderful to see these beautiful animals who are so well loved that their owners allow them to live out their l...

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Saddle Fit and a Story of Joy

March 23rd, 2015

Hello from sunny Florida where I am presently en route with my last session of saddle fitting clinics for the winter. Just the last three days have been absolutely amazing; I have enough pictures and stories to fill this blog for weeks! I truly love the before and after results of helping horses – this is a feeling I cannot even begin to express, knowing the differenc...

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Saddle Fit and All We have Seemingly Forgotten Over the Years... (A short history of design)

March 16th, 2015

Our forefathers depended on the soundness of the horse in order to be able to continue to do their jobs, or even survive. Horses at the turn of the century (and up to the mid-1900s) were still used primarily as working animals in agriculture or in the military. Their owners and riders were true horsemen, and generally knew everything they needed to know to keep their ...

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Saddle Fit and a General Rant

March 9th, 2015

One of the most common reasons for a horse indicating a subluxation in the spine or SI joint is because the gullet plate has not been fitted to accommodate the larger shoulder (in this case the left). This twists the saddle to the right, putting excess pressure on the back of the left panel and the left side of the spine which the horse tries to counteract by deviatin...

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Easy Does It - My Story by Terry Peiper, CSE

March 2nd, 2015

Terry is one of the first of our trained Saddle Ergonomists from 2011, working in Pennsylvania. She works mainly with western saddles, but has been trained in analysis and adjustment for English saddles as well. I have invited her to talk about her ‘epiphany’ for this week’s blog. In future blogs I will discuss some of the issues in more detail that she had experience...

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Hi, I bought an older used Schleese a week or so ago and got it just in the nick of time to have it fitted [by your fitter at the last clinic]. I can’t believe the difference it’s made in my horse! Our first ride was just lovely. We had our 2nd ride today, and she is moving like a different horse! I feel like I’m part of my horse. We’ve had our share of saddle woes and attempts at fittings through the years. How nice to be able to give her the gift of a saddle that really fits her—and can be adjusted as she changes shape! Not only is my mare difficult to fit, but I am, too. I have a very long femur and my knee has always stuck so far out in front of the saddle or my knees were so wide, there was no way for me to sit properly. Not a problem for the Schleese! In fact, I was amazed that when I rode in this saddle on my very round horse that I felt like she was suddenly much narrower because my leg was actually in the correct position. I even had to shorten my stirrups! I can’t thank you enough. We’re looking forward to many more wonderful rides together and I can’t see myself ever riding in anything other than a Schleese!

— Kathy Taylor - Willow Park, Texas

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