Saddlefit 4 Life and Schleese Continue to Lead the Equestrian Industry with Equine Professional Education Impact

June 25th, 2018

From: American Horse Publications via AHP-LIST [mailto:ahp-list@mailman.bloodhorse.com] Sent: June-11-18 7:54 PM To: AHP-LIST@mailman.bloodhorse.com Subject: AHP NEWSGROUP: Schleese and Saddlefit 4 Life Continue to Lead the Equestrian Industry with Equine Professional Education Impact   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2018   For more information contact: Mur...

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3-Day Clinic in the UK with Jochen Schleese, Caroline Lindsay and Dr. Sue Dyson

August 14th, 2017

American Horse Publications FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2017 For further information: caroline@perfectmovementsolutions.com sabine@saddlefit4life.com 3 Day Clinic in the UK with Jochen Schleese, Saddlefit 4 Life, Caroline Lindsay of Perfect Movement Solutions and Dr. Sue Dyson of the Animal Health Trust Caroline Lindsay of Perfect Movement Solutions Jochen Schle...

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Upcoming Saddlefit 4 Life® Training Courses - United Kingdom

October 13th, 2015

From: American Horse Publications via AHP-LIST [mailto:ahp-list@mailman.bloodhorse.com] Sent: October-12-15 6:01 PM To: AHP-LIST@mailman.bloodhorse.com Subject: AHP NEWSGROUP: Upcoming Saddlefit 4 Life Training Courses FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information please contact Sabine Schleese at sabine@saddlefit4life.com   Upcoming Saddlefit 4 Life®Training Cou...

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Jochen Schleese teaching in Brazil for the 4th time!

September 15th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jochen Schleese teaching in Brazil for the 4th time! For further information please contact 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 Pau...

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Saddlefit 4 Life® Launches New Website

September 1st, 2015

From: American Horse Publications via AHP-LIST [mailto:ahp-list@mailman.bloodhorse.com] Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 3:55 PM To: AHP-LIST@mailman.bloodhorse.com Subject: AHP NEWSGROUP: Saddlefit 4 Life Launches New Website   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2015   For further information please contact: Cathy Rothery, Director of Education cathy@saddl...

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Jochen Schleese wins Entrepreneur of the Year!

October 18th, 2014

Jochen Schleese, Founder of Schleese Saddlery Service and Saddlefit4Life, was named Entrepreneur of the Year on October 16 by the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce during the annual celebration of Business Excellence Awards. The Newmarket Business Excellence Awards were launched 25 years ago to celebrate excellence, innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship in busines...

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HORSE SHAPE LASER - Schleese Takes Saddle Fitting to the Next Level

July 31st, 2014

Schleese is excited to announce the introduction of a revolutionary new saddle fitting tool, The HorseShape Laser®, to measure the horse’s back. A German initiative, this laser device takes a complete 3D image of the horse’s back shape within seconds to assist in custom manufacturing or custom fitting the saddle that will be then shipped to the client from head ...

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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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