• Introducing the NEW Saddlefit 4 Life Online Academy!

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

Jochen saved my horse - even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together. Thank you to Jochen Schleese.  Jochen saved my horse’s career, and in doing so, shaped mine.  Even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses.   The saddle fitting material in my book “Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About It” is largely due to your years of experience and passion for teaching. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together.” My post-graduation experience of seeing numerous records filled with refills for steroids and antibiotics or frequent, needless joint injections soon left me desperately searching for a better way to practice. The ensuing experience (meeting with Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese) changed my life, and subsequently changed the lives of the horses I’ve been able to work with. When I met Jochen Schleese, the founder of Saddlefit 4 Life® and listened to his in-depth explanation of how saddle fit affects the horse, I had a revelation. Here was someone who could put all the pieces together for me with compassionate understanding for the horse. I will admit, when I understood how much pain I had caused my horse, and how he had continued to try to do his job for me in the face of that pain, I cried uncontrollably. Now I was armed with something different in making the decision – the knowledge of my horse’s anatomy, how it dictated proper saddle fit...and an option to correct his problems and continue to enjoy riding my horse knowing he is free of pain.”   Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About it - Video Icon for Website How to Use Thermography

— Joanna Robson DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA and Owner of Inspiritus Equine

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