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Saddle Pad and Dust Patterns

By Jochen Schleese|July 1st, 2014

What your saddle pad looks like after you ride can tell you a lot about its fit. In order to get an optimal sweat/ dust pattern, we suggest you first place a simple, thin white cotton pad under your saddle with a light smattering of “dirt” on your horse’s back. Then, ride your horse at all three gaits (walk/trot/canter) in both directions, in 20-meter circles for about two minutes each. Take your saddle off with the pad and look at both the horse’s sweat pattern, and the dust pattern left on your pad.

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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

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