The Global Network of Professionals Working to Protect Horse and Rider from Long-term Damage.
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    Saddlefit 4 Life® is a global network of professionals dedicated to protecting horse and rider from long-term damage caused by ill- fitting saddles and tack.
  • Global Network of Equine Professionals

  • Welcome to our New Website!

    Saddlefit 4 Life® is a global network of professionals dedicated to protecting horse and rider from long-term damage caused by ill- fitting saddles and tack.
  • Welcome to our New Website!

    Saddlefit 4 Life® is a global network of professionals dedicated to protecting horse and rider from long-term damage caused by ill- fitting saddles and tack.
  • Welcome to our New Website!

    Saddlefit 4 Life® is a global network of professionals dedicated to protecting horse and rider from long-term damage caused by ill- fitting saddles and tack.
  • Welcome to our New Website!

    Saddlefit 4 Life® is a global network of professionals dedicated to protecting horse and rider from long-term damage caused by ill- fitting saddles and tack.

Saddlefit 4 Life® is a global network of professionals dedicated to protecting horse and rider from long-term damage.

Saddlefit 4 Life® is a global network of professionals dedicated to protecting horse and rider from long-term damage caused by ill- fitting saddles and tack. We strive to improve the health and well-being of horses and riders through saddle fitting education, comprehensive saddle fit diagnostic analysis and by providing opportunities for professional training.

Caring for You and Your Horse’s Health and Comfort!    

The secret to a well-behaved and healthy horse is a well-fitted saddle which provides complete back freedom. We help riders find answers to improve balance and comfort for increased enjoyment of riding.

Ongoing education is the key to our goal of preventing long-term damage to horse & rider. We hope you join our Saddlefit 4 Life® network to improve the comfort, freedom, vitality and well-being of horse & rider. We wish you many years of enjoyable riding as we continue working together!”

Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE

Mission

  • Raises awareness of horse and rider issues caused by poorly fitting saddles through educational resources for riders, professionals and horse owners
  • Shares knowledge through industry partnerships (click through to the Affiliates tab and click on Associations tab) , symposia and wisdom exchanges
  • Provides saddle fit educational programs for riders, professionals and the industry
  • Teaches Certification Courses for professionals on principles of equine ergonomics and saddle fit evaluation for achieving optimal saddle fit
  • Leads the industry in standards for saddles, saddle fit evaluation and analysis and saddle fitting techniques

We invite you to explore Saddlefit 4 Life® educational programs, resources, and discover how the 80 point Saddle Fit Diagnostic Evaluation will benefit you and your horse.

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Testimonials

The riding school where I first took lessons had "good" saddles, made by a venerable European manufacturer, so when I noticed my riding was uncomfortable, I assumed a problem with my position. Eventually though, I realized that no position was comfortable, that riding varied from unpleasant to excruciating. Nobody else seemed to have a problem, and my instructor was not a person with whom anyone discussed non-public parts of the body, so I just accepted that riding was painful. Until I rode in a friend's saddle, made by another venerab1e European manufacturer. It was an old saddle, but the moment I sat in it I was like Goldilocks in Baby Bear's chair -it was just right. Painless! Amazing! So I measured, compared, tried other saddles; then my husband made me foam blocks that I placed next to my stirrup bars to widen the saddle waist until I could buy a used saddle-shaped -like-me. If I or my instructor had had Jochen Schleese's important book “Suffering In Silence”, I would have been spared years of pain and frustration. It seems an unfortunate human tendency to take no steps toward a solution unless the ultimate solution is achievable, like the onlooker who wondered why to throw a single starfish in the sea if they couldn’t all be saved.  I can’t afford to buy custom saddles for my school horses, but there are many things I can do, with the information in Mr. Schleese's book, to make my horses and my students more comfortable. Correct diagnosis is vital to solving problems, and its information that you need to make a diagnosis, like the significance of saddle length, gullet width, equine asymmetry, billet placement, cantle angle, and many other features of the interface between rider and horse. Little, inexpensive things like foam blocks can make the difference between painful and painless for both the equines and the humans you are responsible for, if you have the information that comes from Mr. Schleese's experience, we may not be able to do everything, but we should do what we can.

— Katie Aiken, Riding Instructor Magazine Copy Editor Fall 2014

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