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Saddle Fit Evaluations

Our Saddle Fit Philosophy

As proud member of Saddlefit 4 Life® (S4L), we are very dedicated in following the S4L philosophy, including the 80-point saddle fit diagnostic evaluation. Find out how well you saddle fits you and your horse in this comprehensive evaluation. Your on-site personal assessment includes dynamic and static measurements, assessments, and analyses of horse, rider and saddle. This will help you to ride in a saddle, fitted for optimal comfort and freedom to allow healthy back movement.

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Measurements using the wither gauge and Arc Device™ include: length of saddle support area (SSA), width of spine, symmetry and size of shoulders, height, width and size of withers, musculature; shoulder blade angle and width; width and curvature of the back; signs of stress and sensitivity – to name a few. Optional Diagnostic Measurement tools are available upon requests.

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Assessment includes fit of your current saddle, your gender and build, seat size, flap length, flap angle, seat depth and support, position, balance and level of comfort.  Various measurements and ratios are  considered – upper leg, lower leg, hip, thigh height, weight, training level of horse and rider to name a few.

Our Diagnostic Procedure

  • Dynamic assessment of: saddle, dust pattern, riding, equine behaviours, movement and position, before and after adjustment.
  • Static assessment and measurements of: tree integrity, condition of billets, stitches and leather, saddle pad, saddle length, billet position, gullet width, vertical and horizontal panels and saddle support area (SSA) of the horse.
  • Demo saddles or your own saddles are adjusted to the horse’s conformation for the rider to experience the ‘wow’ feeling of optimal fit during the ride analysis.
  • The proper fit of your bridle (snaffle or double bridle) is extremely important to ensure you to bypass the facial nerves. Material, length, shape and style place a huge role in comfort and performance of your horse.

Our principles

Each Certified Equine and Saddle Ergonomist is trained by a team of instructors and certified by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE. We maintain our leadership in the industry with the highest standards for diagnostic evaluation worldwide and require professional re-certification every two years.

Costs

  • Evaluation: $159.00 per horse.
  • Tree Adjustment: $125.00 (Schleese and limited brands – please inquire)
  • Re-flocking: $140.00
  • Schleese Service Bundle: $354.00 for all three services.

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I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how very happy I am with your saddle company. I just bought a Wave saddle with the help of Kristen V. and could not be more pleased. It goes without saying that I love my saddle and how the saddle fitter fitted my horse, but it is the exceptional customer service that I have received from everyone at Schleese that really surprises and delights me. I am on a tight budget and to say that a Schleese saddle was out of my price range is an understatement. I considered the investment anyway because of your genuine passion for horse and rider comfort. It was the total trust and confidence that I felt in Kristen's expertise that really sealed the deal. She is the first fitter who took that kind of time and so patiently educated me and evaluated my horse. She was just as excited as I was to find a saddle that made both my horse and me happy. She is an asset to Schleese and I feel lucky to have her. Even though I was so happy with my saddle and confident in its fit, I still lamented the money I had just spent. Did I do the right thing? All those doubts are gone now that I have ridden my happy horse in our awesome saddle. It also gave me more comfort that you can imagine when I received my saddle, generously padded and safely wrapped in its lovely cover, with such a nice saddle pad to go with it. As if that wasn't enough, I got a check-up email from to make sure I was happy with my new saddle and tonight I received a hand written thank you note from Schleese. You may think these are small things, but please know that they mean the world to me. Customer service everywhere is on the decline. Thank you for being so very different! This was a big purchase for me and you could not have made me any happier or more confident in my decision. I plan to start saving for my jumping saddle next. I will never buy another brand of saddle and I will sing your praises to anyone who will listen! Thank you!

— Jennifer Grossi - Belle Plaine, KS

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