Beyond the 9 Points of Saddle Fitting — DVD (48 min.)

by Jochen Schleese CMS, CSFT, CSE

cdThis 48 minute DVD goes one step further from our popular “9 Points of Saddle Fitting” as available for general viewing on our educational YouTube Channel. Dealing with common concerns to riders, owners and all equine professionals, this compilation of educational information enlightens equestrians of all levels as to possible symptomatic causes from poor saddle fit resulting in

  • Undiagnosed lameness
  • Muscle definition and atrophy
  • Sore backs
  • Bad ‘behaviour’ among others.

Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist Jochen Schleese presents his points in a clear and concise manner, using his training as a former event rider as the basis for his epiphany as to the possible causes of issues with his competitive horse. The establishment of his Saddlefit 4 Life® global network of equine professionals all working together for the protection of the horse and his involvement in the creation of HIPPOH (Horse Industry Professionals Protecting our Horses) Foundation all underline his passion and commitment to making a difference to both horse and rider.

Be sure to watch the credits at the end for insight into the character of the man behind the philosophy which is making huge inroads in the equine industry – to the point that saddle fitting is now beig taught by Jochen at the German National Riding School in Warendorf and is part of the curriculum of the FN in Germany.

Most riders certainly want to do what’s best for their horses, but sometimes they just don’t know what they just don’t know.

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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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