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'Bad Horse!' - Consider Bad Behaviour From A Poorly Fitting Saddle

November 1st, 2014

There have been many recent articles 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. Many of these negative and unwanted horse ‘behaviors’ may actually be due to something as simple as a poorly fitting saddle. This can cause an instin...

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Fitting the Saddle to the Rider

August 14th, 2014

When you are in the market to purchase a saddle, you want to ensure that the saddle you are investing in will not only fit your horse, but will also fit you. If you have ridden in more than one saddle in your riding career, you probably noticed that there were subtle or major differences in each saddle. When you spend your dollars, you want a saddle that you and your ...

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Saddle Fit and the Heavier Rider

July 31st, 2014

The question about saddle fit is not necessarily limited to heavier riders – all riders and all horses can and will benefit from a correctly fitted saddle! However, heavier riders bring with them a whole different set of challenges (by heavier riders, I am referring to women who are 180+ pounds, and men who are 250+ pounds)....

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Saddle Pad and Dust Patterns

July 1st, 2014

What your saddle pad looks like after you ride can tell you a lot about its fit. In order to get an optimal sweat/ dust pattern, we suggest you first place a simple, thin white cotton pad under your saddle with a light smattering of “dirt” on your horse’s back. Then, ride your horse at all three gaits (walk/trot/canter) in both directions, in 20-meter circles for abou...

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When Horses Behave Badly - Unwanted behaviour may be caused by a poorly fitting saddle.

June 1st, 2014

There have been a proliferation of articles appearing recently 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 ‘behaviours’ of your horse  may actually be due to something as simple as a poorly fittin...

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Since I've been riding in the HK dressage saddle the noticeable difference in Amistad's movement has been incredible. It allowed so much more shoulder movement for his medium and extended trot but also the freedom to reach across in the half pass and our eight and ten metre circles were not restricted anymore! Thank you Schleese Saddlery for opening my eyes to what a saddle should look and feel like cause not only is it comfortable for my horse but for me also and that's a big plus for any rider! Cheers, Michele

— Michele Mueller - Scugog Island, ON

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