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Independent Schleese Western Fitter

Augment your income by working with an industry leader or make it a full-time career!

Schleese is looking for dedicated, motivated and passionate equine enthusiasts to join Schleese as Independent Saddle fitters and exclusive representatives of our quickly growing Western saddle line.

  • Are you a dedicated horse person with western riding experience and an interest in making a difference for both horse and rider?
  • Are you interested in educating your potential clients?
  • Are you interested in working with a well-established and very reputable company that consistently leads the field in innovation?

Training to be a Schleese western saddle fitter is the first step in starting a lucrative career and playing a huge role in helping many horses and riders with their performance and well-being. This training is suited for all equine professionals and interested equestrians who have a desire to help horses and riders address issues and solve problems while building new long-lasting relationships in the equestrian industry.

Training Options

Option A

Your training will include a series of practical workshops in the barn and classroom seminars.  We have specifically geared the training towards being able to perform a comprehensive saddle fit assessment and fitting our Schleese western saddle line. The training will allow you to become an expert representative of the Schleese Western Saddle.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Cost: $999 (with an opportunity to earn back this fee and more in just the first few sales with bonus discounts).
  • Group size:  maximum 6 participants.
  • Includes lunch and refreshments.


  • Includes both theoretical classroom instruction and in-barn hands-on demos and practice
  • Brief intro to historical and technological aspects
  • Anatomy of horse and rider, saddle support area, ‘reflex’ points resulting in negative reactions
  • Static western saddle fit to the horse and demo of dynamic western saddle fit evaluation
  • Basic equine ergonomics, measuring the horse, rider, and saddle
  • Assessing saddle fit to horse and rider
  • Assessing static and dynamic fit
  • Demonstration and hands-on instruction of Schleese western saddle features and fitting
  • Includes workbook

Option B:

Train to become an S4L CEE (Certified Equine Ergonomist) with the additional qualifications of Schleese Western Saddle Fitter. This course allows you to assess saddle fit through the S4L CEE course and also complete your Schleese Western Saddle fit training at the same time*.

  • For details on the CEE course visit Saddlefit 4 courses in North America.
  • Duration: 8 days (7-day S4L course + 1-day Schleese Western Saddle training*)
  • Cost: $3094 (Discounted early bird $2694 – up to 60 days prior to the course start date) with an opportunity to quickly earn back a large portion of this fee.
  • Class size: minimum 8, maximum 10 participants
  • Includes lunch and refreshments.

 *If Western training is scheduled in conjunction with this course.


  • For those interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Equine Ergonomist with Schleese Western saddle fitting training
  • Includes both theoretical classroom instruction and in-barn hands-on demos and practice
  • Philosophy of Saddlefit 4 life, a brief intro to historical and technological aspects
  • Anatomy of horse and rider, saddle support area, ‘reflex’ points resulting in negative reactions
  • Static saddle fit to the horse and demo of dynamic saddle fit evaluation
  • Theoretical classroom instruction
  • Practical in barn demonstrations
  • Equine ergonomics, measuring the horse, rider, and saddle
  • How to obtain a detailed horse description
  • Assessing saddle fit to horse and rider (how a saddle affects the rider’s position and how the rider then affects the horse) tree angle and width
  • Assessing saddle condition, considering the various disciplines and saddle manufacturers
  • Formulating viable solutions and testing.
  • Curriculum workbook
  • Students completing this course successfully will be able to purchase the measurement tools to do the externship required to become a Certified Equine Ergonomist ($280)
  • If you have already taken the CEE course you can add the Western training at no charge.


You will receive a very competitive discount on your western saddle orders plus Schleese will supply you with 1 demo saddle and cover the shipping costs of this initial saddle to you. This saddle will be owned by Schleese but you will have use of it as a sales tool.

For more information, please click and fill out the application form.

2019 Course dates:   

September 19-21, 2019

Please visit the Saddlefit 4 Life® website to REGISTER for the CEE Course #1 (2-days) and CEE Course #2-#3 (5-days).
* Only select CEE courses to run in conjunction with Western training.


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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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