Female Saddle Specialist - Infinitely Adjustable for Optimal Comfort & Performance

"I will forever buy Schleese saddles and will recommend them to any and all of my equestrian friends."

Hello! I just wanted to write a note and say that I just purchased a used Schleese dressage saddle after having YEARS of trouble trying to find a good fit for my purebred Arabian gelding. He has needed massage, chiropractic work and pain medicine regularly....until now. He now can move freely in his shoulder, his back is loosening up, and he generally has a much better work ethic and attitude (although he has always been stellar in this department). So really I just wanted to say, thank you. Thank you for making such a great product. You will never know how much it means to me (and my horse) to have a saddle we are both happy with. I will forever buy Schleese saddles and will recommend them to any and all of my equestrian friends. Thank you

Sarah Barnwell - Camas, Washington

August 17, 2016

"Congrats to Schleese Saddlery Service for 30 years of wonderful service to horses and their riders."

Congrats to Schleese Saddlery Service for 30 years (Jeeze, that's almost as old as I am!!) of wonderful service to horses and their riders. I'm proud to ride in Schleese, and can't wait to get my new Obrigado! You are constantly taking Horatio and I to the next level, and I'm so thankful that you're in my life. How weird is this?!? I'm pretty much expressing my love for a saddle maker/fitter(s?) in public.
Jochen, thinking of you - hope you are doing well - remember when I stopped you in the barn at Coto de Caza a couple of years ago, going on about how much of a fan I was of you? Probably not - but that's just because I stopped short of asking you to sign my saddle, I'm sure :) Connie and Mark Frantzke what can I say? You've believed in me from the moment we met, and your visits are highlights! You are wonderful people with an amazing way of looking at life. Thank you for your friendship - it means the world to me! My fellow dressage enthusiast, Frank, said it best in regards to the Obrigado, "I thought there was no way any other saddle could be more comfortable than my first Schleese, but then, incredibly, it was!" <-----my exact experience! Do you know what Obrigado means? (Not you, Schleese peeps, the public) It means Thank you, in Portuguese! Well, OBRIGADO, SCHLEESE! OBRIGADO! Congrats again - I'm taking this Saddlefit 4 Life and turning it into a Customer4Life.  Check out Katie's thank you video! https://youtu.be/1G0mNoqhWT8
 

Katie Ferencik - Tucson, AZ

July 18, 2016

"I'm so happy with Siege's progress and changes in condition."

"I am so happy with Siege's progress and changes in condition. The two best decisions ever were #1 buying a Schleese saddle and #2 training with Chad [Basile]. I have never been happier. You and Chad have literally saved my relationship with my horse. I was SO CLOSE to selling him but now we are a team. Learning and getting in shape together. I can't thank you enough!!!! Not only does Siege love his new saddle, my low back pain is GONE. I never feel uncomfortable. Again. Thank you."

Allison Jacobson - Pittsford, NY

May 31, 2016

"Rex's movement was so different than anything I have ever felt before!"

I am a new Schleese customer and wanted to tell you how much I love my new saddle!  I have struggled for almost 5 years trying to find the right saddle for my horse.  New ones would work for a short time, but were never the right fit for myself and my horse together.  After watching all your videos, reading your book and the information on your website, I decided that I wanted to do the right thing for my horse and purchase one of your saddles. Working with Denise Lenz was so educational and fun!  She was just super and explained everything she was doing.  I had several people there to watch me ride in 3 different saddles, but my horse Rex chose the Obrigado.  His movement was so different than anything I have ever felt before!  He has a very short back so it really suited him, and everyone watching agreed it was the one.  He was so happy and forward moving in that saddle, and I really just sat there and let him go.  Sitting the trot and canter was effortless for me for the first time!  Now I see why a “female” saddle makes such a difference.  I could never sit his canter easily before or keep my toes forward in my previous saddles.  The seat is so comfortable and I feel really supported as I ride.  It’s like I am one with him, and not just sitting on his back.  Every ride is a good ride and I’m excited to keep progressing with his training now that he can really move his body and not be uncomfortable or restricted. I am also very grateful to Denise for selling me that demo saddle so I didn't have to wait for one to be made.  She said she could leave us knowing it fit perfectly, and that gave her peace of mind.  I slept really well that night knowing I had purchased not only a lovely piece of equipment, but also feeling relieved that my horse will never suffer pain from an ill-fitting saddle ever again.  I am a Schleese customer for life now and look forward to working with Denise for years to come. “Obrigado” [Thank you] and kind regards.

Christine Stevens - Winnipeg, Manitoba

May 26, 2016

"Another great round of fitting sessions with your hard working staff!"

I just wanted to let you know that it has been another great round of fitting sessions with your hard working staff. Linda did a marvelous job arranging the schedule so that my friend and I could meet with Alexa and Juila on a weekend because of our work schedule. Alexa and Julia then did a great job helping Mary and I with our saddles and we are both beyond happy with how our horses are doing. I had some concerns following my fitting so Alexa and Julia swung by my barn on their way to another client one more time a few days later to recheck and ease my pre-horse show nerves. Alexa then sent me an article to help explain what I was seeing. All of this was a tribute to your company's service to us as riders and our horses. I also want to mention Natalie Sauner (we do miss her!) has been a star in helping with fitting my horse and I and even answers some questions for me this time around via text message. Thank you for having such a stellar group of people and standing behind your saddles.  :-) 

Becky Sturdy - Downers Grove, IL

May 13, 2016

"Thank you for coming to Alberta to give your talks!"

Hi. My name is Jennifer Pitzel and I am an Equine Massage Therapist. We spoke at The Mane Event in Red Deer about your saddles. I thought you might be interested in seeing the photos I took. Keep in mind that I am amateur rider who took 3 years off of riding. Recently I bought a new horse, a 5 year old. I find I struggle to find my balance with my legs either too forward or too far back. The first photo is of me in your saddle designed for the male pelvis. The second photo is your female designed saddle [see side photo of female saddle]. Thank you for coming to Alberta to give your talks! I feel I really got a better understanding of what you have written and spoken of in your book and DVD which I am familiar with.

Jen Pitzel - Edmonton, Alberta

April 28, 2016

"I am thrilled with the saddles and the fitters!"

I am thrilled with the saddles and the fitters ! My 17 yr old draft cross has the cleanest spine they had ever seen when he had a bone scan done too see where arthritis was . His spine was clean . He only has been ridden in a Schleese . Julia Dixon has just been amazing ! She has done wonders to get me a loaner and get my saddle built quickly so I can have it for a scholarship I was awarded. Thanks again, Emily! [Update: May 31, 2016] Just wanted to tell you how much this new saddle has changed my horse.  My super short Obrigado [saddle] saved Pete.  No back pain.  The saddle fits Pete and me perfectly. He's happy and no longer reactive and spooky as his back is pain free!!

Emily Morris, Avella, PA

April 28, 2016

"To hear him [Jochen Schleese] speak with passion..."

We had a busy day two at the Mane Event in Red Deer, Alberta.  Here we were listening to Jochen Schleese on Saddle Fit for Women for both English and Western Riders.  We were honored to meet Jochen. To hear him speak with passion about preserving horse and humans through proper saddle fit was truly amazing.

Krista Lund and Kenda Lubeck

April 23, 2016

"We had no idea what a world of difference it would make!"

Dear Schleese, When we tried your Eagle XC saddle last year, we had no idea what a world of difference it would make!  Instantly, my mare and I were more comfortable, gaits were smoother and overall, transitions flowed much nicer.  I learned so much in the presentation and will never look at saddles the same again.  I’ve since had the tree adjusted after spending several months putting some weight on my sweet mare, Fast Forward Again, and she is again doing very well under saddle.  Every time we have met with or emailed the group from Schleese, they have been absolutely WONDERFUL! Thank you, Schleese, for making a top quality saddle that is both beautiful and adjustable to fit my horse.  Congratulations on 30 years!  

Maggie Maddison - Little Rock, AR

February 2016

"I am extremely excited to be working with the high-tech saddle company Schleese"

“I am extremely excited to be working with the high-tech saddle company Schleese.  Their innovative and ergonomic saddle design and saddle fit analyses not only fosters optimal performance, it helps protect against pain and long-term damage to both horse and rider.” “Biomechanics and injury prevention are fundamental building blocks of my methods; as a result I have done extensive research into saddle companies, their design technologies and core concepts.  The mere fact that Schleese saddles are offered in male or female pelvis versions caught my attention. I was immediately drawn to the scientific and innovative design of Schleese saddles.” “Under Schleese saddles, my horses feel comfortable and readily offer to use their whole bodies right from the beginning of each training session. The Schleese design does not touch any triggers and the wide channel gives clearance to the ligaments running along the horse’s back all while ensuring a steady and biomechanically superior bearing surface. This all helps my horses raise their toplines and really use their neck, withers and with their engaged and stable core, offer me their raised and swinging back. Without this, it is impossible to engage the hind-legs or obtain shoulder freedom.” “Schleese saddles allow me to sit forward over the horse’s center of gravity without sacrificing the option of a deep seat.  It supports correct position without locking me into one position.  I am able to fine-tune my position to influence my horses with greater freedom and more precise results.  In the Schleese saddle I can both affect and follow my horses to a high degree.” “Within the first week I witnessed dramatic results in topline improvement and my horses’ general way of going.   Students are experiencing a positive boost in their improvement which is creating great momentum for the winter months. I look forward to what is in store for our future with Schleese.”  

David Thind - Walpole, MA

November 30, 2015
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I had a wall full of ribbons from countless horse shows and I still wasn’t happy. I wasn’t happy because my horses obviously were not. I spent thousands of hours riding with very talented trainers, but no matter how well I could ride, there was still a void. I wanted to be better. I wanted to be more than a rider. I wanted to be a horseman, that is, horsewoman. So, in my never-ending quest for self improvement, I embarked on a journey that would change not only my life, but the lives of the horses for whom I have such a deep passion. I began to study everything I could get my hands on about horse behavior. This led me down another path to a degree in equine nutrition. But wait, there’s more! I soaked up information about hoof care and the latest breakthroughs in equine pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, and holistic healing like a sponge. I moved away from any training techniques involving pain, fear, and intimidation. I solicited the advice of trainers well-versed in the Classical Method of Dressage- no easy task in the Cutting Horse Capital of the World! I aligned myself with only those persons with a similar philosophy. Along the way, I met an amazing number of horses who, for various reasons, were placed in a recliner and destined for a life spent staring at a fish tank in someone’s nursing home of a back pasture, or worse, the kill pen. These horses had failed at their current careers due to physical and /or behavioral issues. Over and over I was encountering riders whose trainers and vets had given up on the horses. Somehow, it didn’t seem right. If these horses were okay for some life in a pasture or to be passed off to some other unsuspecting rider, why couldn’t they be made whole again? Plenty of humans retire from one career to begin another, so why couldn’t a low level eventer become someone’s next First Level dressage partner? I figured they simply needed someone with the knowledge to help them succeed and that person was going to be me. But, I am human and flawed, so even I could fail a horse. Enter GG, an exceptionally challenging mare. Try as I might, I just couldn’t figure out how to make her happy. She was terrific to be around- as long as I stayed off her back. So, without further adieux, I delved into the world of saddle fit. I was pretty sure I had it all figured out and was making some pretty good progress with the mare, but I wasn’t quite there. My saddle wasn’t horrible, but it still wasn’t quite right- and it certainly wasn’t doing me any favors. So, in a last ditch effort to find a way to ride this mare successfully, I began my search for yet another saddle- one that would suit both of us. A chance outing one evening landed me in Saddle Heaven. I had stumbled upon what would become a savior for even more of the horses entrusted to my care: Schleese Saddles. Not only are these saddles made for women (Hooray!) but they are also fully adjustable for the horse. A certified fitter from the company -in Schleese terms, an Ergonomist- comes to my farm at least every six months to fit the horses both statically and dynamically. The Saddle Fit for Life philosophy aligned perfectly with my own.  So, thanks to a chance meeting with Jochen Schleese and his wife, Sabine, the final piece of my puzzle fell into place and now I can be even more successful giving horses the futures they deserve- far from the kill pens and forgotten back pastures. Utilizing nutrition, holistic healing, environment, proper saddle fit, and the Classical Method of Dressage, I have been able to successfully heal horses with not only physical trauma, but psychological trauma, as well. My name is Jennifer Fulton and my focus is the Whole Horse.

— Jennifer Fulton - Aledo, TX

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