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!
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.
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!
“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.”
"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)
"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
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
All good. Murielle we can't thank you enough for literally saving our horse Indy. We had no idea how miserably sore he was until you caught it over the summer and then we saw it at the fitting. And the bonus was the tremendous difference Schleese also made in the second horse, which was totally unexpected. Fabio's back now comes up over the jumps like it never did before...even surprising Lisette on her ride at Twin Rivers Horse Trials. FYI, Monique broke the 30s in dressage for the first time taking a 24.5 at Twin Rivers thanks to the freedom and comfort he now feels in his back. All are amazed, and truly appreciative. Thanks for finding it in the work we did with you this summer, and for educating us about the difference in Schleese. Please let Jochen how much we appreciate his technology, his professionalism, and his impact on the comfort of both of our horses! Listening to him and seeing the IMMEDIATE difference in Indy was fantastic. We are now huge Schleese fans, and telling all about our experience. :-) Best regards, Kristina Boudreaux
Hello Julia, Just wanted to thank you for coming to Millbrook. It is hard to believe a saddle can make such a difference to both horse and rider, for good or bad! Both horses are going in a more relaxed state, raising their backs easily and getting their legs under them. Both are picking up canters on either rein. I rode the small one for 2.5 hours through the Ganny on Sunday, up and down hills and the saddle remained in position and he was a happy boy. I had no hip or ankle pain at all. After getting home I walked the dog and then rode the Canadien. In the summer I would not have been able to even think of doing that as my hip would have been so sore. I feel 40 years younger and would not hesitate to event again if I had the horse and a proper Schleese saddle. I might even be looking forward to doing Dressage with Duc, or at least reining with Laddie! Thanks again and hope you and Charlie had a good trip home!
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.
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Hi there just wanted to pass this little clip on http://vimeo.com/84405970 and to tell you how much my horse and I LOVE our saddle that Natalie fit for us. It was really hard to find a saddle that fit my Andalusian until we found yours!! Thank you!!