Fit is Everything - Infinitely Adjustable for Optimal Comfort & Performance!

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“A picture is worth a thousand words”.

Since that is true, moving pictures must be worth a million words! Schleese has simplified the art of “DIY” diagnoses of the most common issues we have encountered over the years with our educational instructional videos that you can watch and follow along with your own horse. Each of our videos is only a few minutes long and won’t take much of your time to watch (unless of course you become so entranced with what you see that you decide to do a “Schleese marathon” and watch them all!). Easy and clear instructions on how to identify the problems a poorly fitting saddle can cause. AND – here’s the best part! If you decide to book a personal evaluation and every single one of the “9 Points of Saddle Fit” is absolutely correct for your horse – we will refund your entire evaluation fee!

So join the growing ‘herd’ (no pun intended) of riders who have pushed our total YouTube guests close to 1,000,000 and learn for yourself the difference a well-fitting saddle can make for you – and your horse!  We welcome your thoughts and your feedback!

9 Points of Saddle Fit Summary

Tip 1

Balance - English Saddles

The center of the saddle (seat area) should be parallel to the ground while on the horse's back.

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Tip 2

Wither Clearance

Clearance at the withers should be 2-3 fingers for normal withers, whereas, mutton withers will have more clearance and high withers will have less clearance.

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Tip 3

Gullet Channel Width

The gullet should be wide enough not to interfere with the spinal processes or musculature of the horse's back (3-5 fingers).

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Tip 4

Full Panel Contact

The panel should touch the horse's back evenly all the way from front to back; some panels may be designed off the back end to allow the back to come up during engagement.

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Tip 5

Billet Alignment

The billets should hang perpendicular to the ground so that the girth is positioned properly and not angled either forwards or backwards.

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Tip 6

Saddle Length

The shoulder and loin areas should not carry any weight of the saddle and rider. Rider weight should be on the saddle support area only.

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Tip 7

Saddle Straightness

The saddle should not fall off to one side when viewed from back or front. The tree points should be behind both scapulae (shoulder blades).

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Tip 8

Saddle Tree Angle

The panel tree points should be parallel to the shoulder angle to position saddle properly.

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Tip 9

Saddle Tree Width

The tree width should be wide enough for saddle to fit during the dynamic movement of the horse.

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You fitted my saddle the end of January. It was a new Obrigado and I was not sure I liked it yet, and you told me to ride in it awhile and see what happened. Well, I just wanted you to know that as of today I officially am in love with this saddle. I have been liking it a lot, but today it all really clicked. (Lucio was in love a long time ago, actually.) It is really comfortable, and also puts me in a very good position and allows me to be really close to my horse. Lucio's shoulders are so much freer and his back so much happier that he is much easier to ride. Things got better a year ago when I switched to a Schleese. This saddle is really working and I am so happy. Also, my younger daughter Hannah rode Lucio in it yesterday and she had not ridden in a good while, and she loved it too. She said it was the most comfortable saddle she had ridden in. She had such bad pains from her previous saddle that she would be in tears and got a lot of UTIs from riding. It is part of the reason she stopped riding. She said she would like to start riding again.

— Jane-Marie (and Lucio) - NY

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