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Divergent Theories on Saddle Fitting

ByJochen Schleese|March 1st, 2015

There are many opinions and theories on saddle fitting. Occasionally we have even heard riders say “I have been using my saddle for x number of years. It fits me perfectly and fits every horse I use.”  I have to really bite my tongue on that one but usually just manage to smile and say. “Lucky you”.  Some people are unfortunately just not open to being educated on the facts that have been substantiated in recent years through MRIs, thermography, and fibreoptic cameras, and do not realize the possible damage they are doing to themselves and their horses. I am going to deal with two main theories on how to fit saddles properly, but there are probably several other variations on this theme.

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I bought my first Schleese saddle in 2005 after I tried my coach's Wave on my horse... and instantly was able to get leg yields that I had been fighting for. Though I didn't buy the Wave (I got a JES Elite) I was pretty much hooked! After that, my saddle got tried on a LOT of horses in our barn, and every owner in the barn ended up buying a Schleese because of how much they liked mine. I now am collecting Schleese saddles, having just bought my 2nd JES Elite. I love the way it's adjustable to so many horses, especially those tricky-to-fit thoroughbreds!!

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