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.

Why don't more boys ride dressage? A delicate subject... (no pun intended)

July 5th, 2016

It’s always interesting to take a few moments when I’m working at a horse show to check out the competition. I mean the real competition- the riders who have trained long and hard and are now showing off their skills in the ring. Especially in dressage shows, but also at the lower level hunter/jumper shows – it is almost painfully obvious how few boys there are riding...

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Saddle Fit and Common Misperceptions

June 28th, 2016

I have to comment on a couple of articles which recently appeared in various other equine media and gave cause for reflection. The first one was about weekend warriors and trying to avoid battles during your horse time. According to the dictionary, this phrase came into being in 1981 to reflect the average person’s increasingly hectic lifestyle. Free time has felt inc...

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No Scale? - No Problem

June 20th, 2016

There have been a number of articles appearing in various publications recently about rider fitness and how to get back in shape if you’ve taken the winter off. Of course, getting your horse back in shape is part of the equation, but how do you even know how fit or out-of-shape he is? What is the ideal weight or condition that your horse should be in? Here are a coupl...

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Saddle Fit and Leg Length - How it Influences Your Position

June 14th, 2016

I often find that many people are much more concerned about how their saddle fits their horse (which of course they should be) than how the saddle actually works for them. Beyond ‘feeling comfortable’ not much attention is usually paid to the other anatomical requirements of the rider when the saddle is being designed or fitted. As information and knowledge is gained ...

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Saddle Fit and FES - Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapy

June 8th, 2016

  Last year while I was working in West Palm, Florida, with some of our clients, I met Dr. Sheila Schils of EquiNew LLC, one of the pioneers of FES in horses. At the time, we had discussed perhaps working together in some way to develop a research project involving FES and saddle fit, and we parted ways with both of us promising to think about it. (A brief aside:...

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Dear Schleese team, All I can say after riding in my new Schleese saddle is, WOW!!! I ride a 20 year old quarter horse and he was like a different horse. He moved like a much younger horse, full speed ahead. I had so much fun riding in the Eagle. As for myself, no more band aids to prevent sores on my legs. I feel very secure jumping. This horse is very difficult to get on the bit and round. My riding instructor and I noticed that he is much more willing to go round and keep round. Not bad for a 20 year old school horse that was never taught to go round in his life. I also ride a thoroughbred school horse in his twenties. I look forward to putting the Schleese Eagle on this horse. My riding instructor told me that my leg position is the best that is has ever been. Thank you so much for designing such a wonderful product. It was well worth the expense. I know the horse thanks you too! He even looked happy

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