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Common Saddle Features

Female Saddle:

Schleese Saddlery Service is the Female Saddle Specialist! Many of the Schleese models are designed for the female body. They feature extended stirrup bars allowing for the longer femur of a woman in comparison to the lower leg, narrow twist which accommodates for the Q-Angle of the female hip and gives a spot for the inner thigh to sit close to the horse, wider extra soft seat allowing room for the females’ wider seat bones, various flap angles that accommodate thigh and hip angle, and the patented “crotch comfort” to relieve any pressure or rubbing on the pubic symphysis of the rider.

‘French-Style’ Leather:

This soft and supple ‘dry milled’ leather has a matte finish and never loses its colour. It is dyed all the way through, and provides the rider with more grip and stability in the saddle – a popular choice for discerning riders. Our ‘French-Style’ leather is carefully selected and meets the highest specifications. The ‘dry milled’ process gives a higher quality ‘grain’ appearance and softer feel ‘to the touch’

Colours: Black and Brown

Italian Calfskin Leather:

This luxurious extremely soft leather requires very little ‘breaking-in’ time (limited saddle models).

Colours: Black, Light Havana (Brown), Cognac (Caramel) or Chesnut (Reddish Brown) and 2-toned colours are available for some models.

German Leather:

This high quality super durable leather gives a very classic look, while providing a smooth high gloss finish.
Colours: Black and Brown

Buffalo Leather:

This high quality super durable leather provides the rider with more grip and stability in the saddle. An extra charge will apply for this option.

Colours: Black and Brown

 

Colours

Black German Leather
Black French Leather
Black Calfskin Leather
Black Buffalo Leather
Brown Buffalo Leather
Brown German Leather
Brown French Leather
Brown Chestnut Leather
Light Havana Leather
Brown Cognac Leather

Seat Comfort:

The patented CC is a padded cut out in the crotch area to relieve pressure on the front pelvic area of the rider. It is designed specifically for riders who have had problems with saddles giving too much contact in the front.

 

Adaptree Showing Crotch Comfort Cut Out - 6 x 4 - 300dpi Adpatree Sketch - Illustrating Crotch Comfort Cutout - 5 x 4 - 300dpi p-140---1

Gullet Width:

All of the Schleese saddles have extra wide gullets to protect the spinous processes and the dorsal ligament system of the horse. The gullet width increases slightly towards the cantle to allow ultimate flexibility of the vertebrae.

Shoulder Relief Panel:

The 3/4 independent shoulder relief panel is cut back in the shoulder area allowing maximum freedom of movement. This panel can be found on the Triumph, Link II, Victory, Connexion and HK dressage models and the Jeté and Merci jumping models.

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Jumper Saddle Underside with Shoulder Relief

Stirrup Bars:

The Schleese saddles come with extended stirrup bar to allow a natural shoulder-hip-heel alignment for the rider. For riders with a much longer upper leg than lower measurement (typically female riders with a very long femur) can opt for an extra extended stirrup bar option.

 

Jumping Stirrup Bars - Extended and Extra Extended with Text

A = jumper stirrup bar B = Extra Extended Stirrup Bar

 

Saddle Design Options:

This image shows a summary of saddle design options for you and your horse.  Panel Configuration, Seat Curve, Cantle Height and Panel Wedge options can be seen in separate illustrations following the image below.  Your Certified Saddle Fit Technician will review all of these options with you to determine what is best for you and your horse.

Dressage saddle - All Panels - All Seat Curves - All Wedges Showing

  Panel Options:

These images show you the different panel support options available for your horse. Half, three-quarter or full panels are available on some models.  Shoulder Relief and Half Shoulder Relief panels are also available on some models.  Your Schleese Saddle Fit Technician will advise you if this option is appropriate for your horse.

 

Dressage saddle - half-threeqtr-full- panels - Only Dressage saddle - half and shoulder relief panels - Only

 Wedge Relief Option:

The Relief Wedge panel option is suited for short coupled horses and is designed to sweep up under the cantle to relieve pressure in the lumbar region.  High Wedge and Wave wedge are two other options.  Your Schleese Saddle Fit Technician will advise you if this option is appropriate for your horse.

 

Dressage saddle - All Wedges only

 

Seat Curve Options:

Schleese offers different seat curve options.  Your Schleese Saddle Fit Technician will discuss with you and advise you what seat curve option best suits your conformation to ensure your riding comfort.  Seat curves can also be couple with seat foaming options for added comfort and stability.

 

Dressage saddle - All Panels - Seat Curves only

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I have a 12 year old Pura Raza Espanol (PRE) horse who has proved to be a real challenge to fit saddle-wise. He is classically Baroque in shape with a short back, big shoulders, wide chest, and thick muscled mutton withers that have been the downfall of two saddles. After I noticed the deterioration of his back muscles I tried adjusting his current saddle to no avail. I had seen Jochen Schleeses videos online about saddle fit and how he developed the Obrigado saddle. I understood everything the Lusitano breeder mentioned in the video had been explaining to him. I was fairly certain that was the saddle for me so spoke to a number of women in my barn who ride in the Schleese saddles for feedback. After listening to the fourth woman rave excitedly about her Schleese saddle (my inquiries included an equine message therapist who owns a mare from the same breeder as my guy and rides in the Obrigado) I called for a fitting hoping for miracles. It was pretty close to that. Natalie put a 17.5" Obrigado on my fellow, which was ½ inch smaller than my other saddles. She assured me I wouldn’tt feel the pressure on my pelvis that always caused me to go with the 18"seat. The funniest thing was my horse’s expression. As we tightened the girth he turned and looked at me as if to say, "Hey what is this? It feels different." I got on and yes, there was a miracle. Or as close to one as one could get having a horse go from stiff on the bit and hollow through the body, to yielding in all places, rounding into contact and actually executing a 10 metre volte softly with no resistance. The counter canter no longer felt like I was seated on a whirling blender, with my horse twisting wildly under me as we came around corners. The canter was up in front and I started exclaiming about my new horse! Perhaps the biggest reveal for me was when I dismounted. For the first time in 2 ½ years I got out of the saddle with no pain in my lower back or left hip. My legs weren’tt even stiff. The saddle literally corrected my posture each time I felt myself slipping. It helped me regain that three point seat they all rave about in the books and there was no constant dragging my legs back to get them into position. I could not believe the fit of a saddle could make such a difference not only for my horse but for me as a 5'3" petite woman. I actually apologized to my horse for putting him through two bad fitting saddles. He is a very charitable fellow so I think he forgave me.

— Kelly Buziak - Edmonton, Alberta

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