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 Cost of Care

October 24th, 2016

Let’s face it. Riding is a very expensive pastime. Although there are some beautiful horses being practically given away for maybe a couple hundred dollars of adoption fees, the day-to-day and occasional costs can add up substantially. Although some of these may be mitigated by your personal circumstances, somebody has to cover these expenses. To name a few: food, sup...

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Saddle Fit and the Various Disciplines

October 4th, 2016

The question was put to me recently whether or not it was `harmful` or `wrong` to jump in your dressage saddle or do dressage in your jumping saddle. Theoretically at least – presuming that these are not necessarily regular activities but rather just ‘one-off’ activities – there should be no problem with no real long-reaching ramifications. However, if you think to ma...

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Apprenticeships in the Equestrian Industry

September 20th, 2016

Update: Jan. 4, 2019 Schleese is not currently accepting applications for saddler apprenticeships, however, for career opportunities with Schleese, please visit our Career Opportunities section on our website (link located toward the bottom of the Main Menu) or contact Odia Dibben our Sales Manager at or call 800.225.2242 x 30. September 20, 2016 It’...

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Summer's Over...

August 29th, 2016

Hello all. I am writing this week’s blog because quite frankly Jochen is suffering from writer’s block and to tell the truth, I’m not much better. August has been an absolutely crazy busy month for us – beginning with our daughter Samantha getting married to her long-time love Jordan Rothery. (The “Schlotherys” as she says.) Jordan is the son of our business partner a...

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The Philosophy of Saddle Fitting

August 23rd, 2016

Q1 – Why has saddle fitting become such a mainstream issue in the last few years? Q2 – Who says it’s so important? Q3 – What is the logic behind it? It’s only common sense – from the recreational to the Olympic rider, it is an important element in the health and well-being of your horse. Watching the Olympics in Rio right now and seeing what’s goin...

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Jochen, thank you so much for your presentation on preserving the health and well-being of horses throughout the world. Your passion, depth of knowledge and sense of humour inspired me to explore the possibility of taking your course and spreading ‘the word’! Best of luck for your company.    

— Richard Gilbert - Lynedoch, Ontario

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