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"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 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 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 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 2015

"We can't thank you enough for literally saving our horse Indy!"

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

Kristina Boudreaux - Sebastopol, CA

September 29, 2015

"It is hard to believe a saddle can make such a difference to both horse and rider, for good or bad!"

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!

Ann Lanz - Millbrook, Ontario

September 21, 2015

"My name is Jennifer Fulton and my focus is the Whole Horse."

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

September 2015

"Thank you for sharing your knowledge and philosophy."

I write to extend my gratitude once again and express my pleasure in meeting Jochen Schleese and Christiane Noelting this last weekend (March 8) at the Schleese clinic at Los Lagos. I was thoroughly impressed by the personable yet professional manner in which they conducted the saddle evaluation and fitting process. My beloved mare Greta and I have endured quite a journey from injury to recovery and have struggled to progress in training. I had suspected but am now thoroughly convinced that my current saddle is a major obstacle to that progression. Riding in the Obrigado was nothing short of liberating. I now humbly acknowledge that I have been riding in a poorly suited saddle but I am also redeemed that we were able to demonstrate that we are capable of so much more in our riding (during the test ride). It is quite evident that Jochen has a solid understanding of equine and human anatomy and biomechanics and that this serves as the foundation upon which this tremendous line of saddles is based. It was such a transformation between the two rides. Christiane gave great care and attention to Greta and me in schooling us during the test ride and did so freely. I anticipate that this is not part of the standard process and so I wanted to ensure that you all knew how appreciative I was that she took the time to share her expertise. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and philosophy.

Shannon R. Murphy, PhD - Elverta, California

March 2014
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Hey Jochen, In any language I can think of, thank you for my new saddle. I rode Chablis in it today on the trail for about 2 hours and it was not only incredibly comfortable but my feet didn't fall asleep - something that has been a problem in pretty much every saddle I've ever been in (even sadly my hunt saddles sometimes) Just amazing - what I've been looking for, for well over 10 years! Do you remember my first Schleese I had for the big chestnut? It kept making my entire right leg fall asleep after only 5 minutes. You guys were amazing - I sent it back to your workshop a number of times- you shaved the internal bits, added a gel pad, did other crazy things to it - and finally it worked and was comfortable This was even better than all that crazy amazing custom work - day 1. Just awesome! And just as important, Chablis seems awfully happy in it too - big swinging walk (ok HUGE walk LOL) I'm so glad you got to come to my little neck of the sagebrush - it's always fun to see you and you make my life and my ponies lives just that much better with what you do and how you do it. Come back soon :)

— Georges Schneider - Reno, NV

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