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.

The Royal Winter Fair 2015

November 16th, 2015

I was actually going to write about another very sad case study of a horse but I thought it would be timely to put some thoughts down about our iconic Canadian horse/trade/agricultural show instead. (So case study will be moved to next week’s entry). For those of you who have never worked the Royal – the hours are long, the atmosphere exhausting – and pretty much ever...

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Saddle Fitting Case Histories

November 9th, 2015

I work with my friend Dr. Joanna Robson, DVM (Author of ‘Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About It’) occasionally and confer with her often on horse issues that arise due to poor saddle fit, so we exchange war stories. She is also one of the founding members of our HIPPOH Foundation (Horse Industry Professionals Protecting Our Horses – www.hippohfound...

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Muscles Atrophy and Muscle Definition

November 3rd, 2015

I often come across clients who complain that their saddle has caused muscle atrophy. I think there is some misunderstanding of what exactly muscle atrophy is and how is it different from good muscle definition. When a muscle has been trained for more than it would have normally developed naturally, and then not used for a while, it will naturally ‘atrophy’ back to it...

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Thoughts on the Certified Horsemanship Association Conference, Amarillo TX

October 26th, 2015

I just recently came off of a ‘killer trip’ again with my most long term agent, Christiane Noelting of the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center in Vacaville CA, where I saw 150 of our valued California clients in less than two weeks.  It was – as always – wonderfully gratifying to see how well everyone is doing, but I have to admit that it is getting harder and harder ...

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A Case Study - a Difficult to Fit Redhead 'Tuscany'!

October 20th, 2015

This Ergonomist is determining the horse’s shoulder angle using the withers’ gauge from Sprenger. When I started writing this blog, I was asked to share some true anecdotal experiences in the field. I have managed to do this a couple of times, but I find it extremely difficult without this becoming a blatant testimonial for how great a difference a well-fi...

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My wife Heidi recently had her FEI horse Depardieu fit for a saddle by Jochen. Both Heidi and I consider the day to have been a true inflection point in the way we think about saddle fit. We could not have been more impressed with change in Depardieu's way of going. We not only look forward to seeing Depardieu's progress in his Schleese saddle but look forward to experiencing and sharing this trans formative experience again and again as we have our other horses and clients horses fit as well.  

— Jason - NJ

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