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"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!

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

"Congratulations to Dr. Heather Boo and Liberty Light!"

"Schleese Saddlery would like to offer a big congratulations to Dr. Heather Boo and Liberty Light, who completed their Grand Prix USDF gold medal scores! Dr. Heather Boo and Liberty Light ride in the Obrigado saddle, as well as a Schleese girth and double bridle! Congratulations on your achievement!"   (Photo by Sara Hellner Photo)

Dr. Heather Boo

November 2015

"I am so pleased with my Schleese Jeté saddle!"

"I am so pleased with my Jeté saddle, custom made  for me by Schleese Saddlery Service.  Every horse that I have ridden in it has felt much looser in their back and shoulders- the shoulder relief technology does make a big difference. My students have been riding in it and every one has had a significant improvement with their form and balance. Several riders preferred to finish out the show season using my Jeté saddle instead of their own". Margie

Margie Gayford - Canadian Grand Prix Rider - Stouffville, ON

November 13, 2015

"My Pony was Immediately more Comfortable!"

Dear Mr. Schleese and The Schleese Team, I just wanted to thank you for the quality of the saddles you make and the care you take when fitting them to the horse/pony that is ridden in them. This last weekend, Jochen Schleese re-fitted my Schleese saddle, my pony was immediately much more comfortable, happy, and willing to go forward. I ride Carolyn Adams's pony Laffran Sponti in a Schleese saddle, and this year we were 3rd level JR/YR champions at the California Dressage Society JR/YR Championships. In the photo attached, we visited the Schleese booth at the Woodside Dressage Show in July, where we placed 1st (with a score of 67.718) and 2nd (with a score of 68.718) in classes against horses and professional riders. I am so lucky to have an amazing pony to ride and a saddle that keeps him so happy and healthy! :) Sincerely, Eva Larsen

Eva Larsen, California

October 22, 2015
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"My first and only dressage saddle that I've owned was exciting to me when I first got it. But over a few years of riding in it, I realized that my horse moved differently in it than my jump saddle. He would always become tense in his back with very little to no freedom on his strides. At shows, we would always score in the mid-40s. After a saddle fitting at a show, I was able to try out the Schleese HK demo during my test. My horse felt great! - Very relaxed and loose with much freedom in his strides. Thanks to the HK demo saddle, my horse scored a whole 10 points better than what he normally scores!" Thanks for everything Amanda and Schleese!"  

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