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 Sense of Touch

October 13th, 2015

I recently returned from a very successful teaching clinic in Germany for Saddlefit 4 Life® and had the opportunity to once again work with some excellent equine ergonomists and some stunning horses. What I found really interesting is the amount of animal welfare concerns that have become the basis for some mainstream changes in law for various governing bodies. Begin...

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An Actual Endurance Journal - Sharma Gaponoff for Saddlefit 4 Life®

October 6th, 2015

By Sharma Gaponoff for Saddlefit 4 Life® and Jochen Schleese ©2015 All Rights Reserved Since over the past weeks and months I have documented some of the common issues that can arise with endurance competitions and to endurance horses, I thought you might be interested in reading an actual story from one of our endurance clients – Sharma Gaponoff, who is the author o...

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The Proper Care and Maintenance of Your (New) Saddle and Accessories

September 29th, 2015

©Saddlefit 4 Life® 2015. All Rights Reserved As with anything, taking proper care of your leather goods will greatly enhance their appearance and lifespan. This is true no matter what brand of saddle or accessories you are using. Nowadays, saddles are considered investments, and with the proper ‘tune ups’ should last 15-20 years (for a good quality, adjustable saddle...

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The Life of Jochen Schleese by the Hour - Part II

September 14th, 2015

©2015 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved Okay carrying on from last week…. 10:30 am Between now and 1:30 pm we see another 5 people with appointments (and the two that were squeezed in) and things work like well-polished clockwork. While one of us watches the client ride, the other is taking measurements and making adjustments for another, and the next client in li...

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A Day in the Life of Jochen Schleese – Part I

September 8th, 2015

By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE ©2015 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved   My wife is a saint. She often gets asked how she puts up with all the travelling I do, and the people I travel with often ask me how I manage to stay focused. It’s easy really – I truly absolutely love what I do. It’s as simple as that! So I thought I would share with you a typical d...

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Being a western rider for 50 years I've ridden and owned 7 saddles that I thought fit me and my Arabians, Quarter Horses, and Tennessee Walkers. Saddle fit was frustrating as each horse had different conformation, and my body changed as I aged leading to a less than optimal ride. I was constantly frustrated with these saddles being generic cookie cutter designs assuming that any saddle would fit and provide that optimal ride. They were pretty on the outside but a disappointment in terms of how they fit me and my horses. Becoming exposed to biomechanics and correctness of movement working with various trainers, and attending clinics the Schleese Saddlery Devin western saddle was mentioned as the answer to my prayers for a saddle designed with rider and horse in mind. It seemed to good to be true. I saw your presentation Memorial weekend at the Mane Event at Westworld and got to sit in the Devin, see how comfortable and adjustable it was...and decided to purchase one, despite the price. 3 months later my stunning saddle arrived, was fitted to both my horses after measurements were taken of their withers and backs I enjoyed my first ride. I could tell with each successive ride my horse moved more correctly, rounding his back, relaxing into his best cadence of gait. It felt like riding on a cloud. It is obvious that no detail has been overlooked after 6 years of development before the Devin was released. I recommend without reservation this saddle and the customer service provided by Schleese Saddlery.

— Diane Bell, Cave Creek, AZ

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