Jochen Schleese teaching in Brazil for the 4th time!

By Sabine Schleese|September 15th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jochen Schleese teaching in Brazil for the 4th time!

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Sabine Schleese 1-800-225-2242 ex. 22
sabine@saddlefit4life.com

 

Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist Jochen Schleese was invited to Brazil once again to present a training session for veterinarians and other equine professionals in Sao Paulo Brazil Sept 4-11.  Saddlefit 4 Life established its South American training facility in 2012 together with Davi Carrano (head trainer at the Lusitano Association) and  veterinarians  Dr. Solange Mikail and  Dr. Luciana Kratschmer  (who is working towards her certification as a Saddle Ergonomist to train other equine professionals in Brazil). Dr. Mikail and Davi Carrano first met Jochen in 2010 at the WEGs in Kentucky and were interested in the philosophy of Saddlefit 4 Life. Davi was instrumental in the design of the popular Schleese Obrigado saddle (Obrigado means ‘thank you’ in Portuguese).

During this trip, Jochen had the opportunity to experience a ride on the Brazilian horse breed (“Mangalarga Marchador”) which are unique Iberian horses descended from Portuguese Lusitano stallions and Barb mares. They are valued for their beauty, intelligence, disposition and smooth gaits. Mangalarga Marchadors have four gaits: walk, canter and two natural, ambling gaits—the diagonal batida and the lateral picada. They are noted for their endurance and versatility in a number of disciplines. One of Jochen’s next saddle designs will be made specifically for these beautiful horses!

 

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Saddlefit 4 Life® is a global network of equine professionals working together to protect horse and rider from long term back damage. S4L educational programs and certification courses are held throughout North America, Europe and Brazil.  Jochen Schleese’s first book (now in its second printing) “Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses”, is available from Horseand RIderBooksetc. and through Amazon.com in hard cover or e-format.   www.Saddlefit4life.com  800-225-2242

 Jochen Schleese graduated from Passier as a Certified Master Saddler and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in North America, operating the only authorized saddlery training facility in Ontario. Schleese Saddlery Service is the world leading manufacturer of saddles designed for women, specializing in the unique anatomical requirements of female riders. Schleese authorized representatives provide diagnostic saddle fit analysis and saddle fitting services across North America to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider.

 

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ask_watlter_bookI have known Jochen as a talented rider and master of his trade since 1986. It is easy to recognize how much Jochen Schleese cares about the comfort and well-being of the horse. Many rider errors have their origins in poorly fitted saddles—to either horse or rider. Too many times these issues are simply ignored and that is why I cannot thank Jochen enough for bringing them to our attention in his book, which every rider who loves his horse should own. He uses illustrations and descriptions not only to discuss what a saddle should look like and that it should fit, but also how it should be fit to individual horses. Only then can the animal carry the unaccustomed weight of a rider and the saddle without pain.  The horse is not really made to carry any weight on its back – which is the second most sensitive spot after its mouth.  It really only becomes possible to do so after its back has been properly strengthened and trained to do so using specific training and gymnastic exercises. All of this was taken into consideration by Jochen during his many years of training and studying with his master in Germany, and later as a master saddler himself while establishing his business in his chosen land [Canada]. Especially Jochen’s experience as a successful competitor in 3-day eventing allowed him to observe and feel the necessity for freedom of movement required under saddle in all three gaits.  His own training had taught him that only a correct seat will facilitate the right aids to the horse. What happens when the rider is even only slightly out of balance?  This is where the saddle comes into the picture: one often sees the rider react by holding his head somewhat to the left or the right. This is the first mistake in the seat; from this he may collapse at the same hip and shift his weight to the other side to compensate. This will of course put more pressure on one side of the horse’s back. Then the rider pulls more on the opposite rein, the whole other side comes higher, and so forth. The result of such seemingly inconsequential errors in position that may go unnoticed or uncorrected for years may be a crooked saddle. It will not fit the horse properly any longer and secondly continue to place the rider in an incorrect seat. One shouldn’t underestimate the frequency or speed with which this crookedness and unevenness can happen. Many rider errors have their origin in poorly fitted saddles to either horse or rider.walter Too many times these issues are simply ignored and that is why I cannot thank Jochen enough for bringing them to our attention in his book ‘Suffering in Silence’. Every rider who loves his horse should own this book. Jochen discusses what to look for in a saddle and how to ensure it will not cause your horse any pain. Horses did not ask to be ridden, which is why it is so important to Jochen that he protect our four-legged partners from poor saddle fit. He is ensured a measure of gratitude from all horses for making their lives bearable and comfortable with properly fitting saddles. I thank him on behalf of riders everywhere, and also his wife Sabine who played just as big a role in the writing of ‘Suffering in Silence’. Jochen teaches discuss what a saddle should look like and that it should fit, but also how it should be fit to individual horses. Only then can the animal carry the unaccustomed weight of a rider and the saddle without pain.

— Walter A. Zettl, Olympic Level Dressage Coach, Professional Trainer Extraordinaire, Clinician and Author of Dressage in Harmony and The Circle of Trust

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