Pioneering Company Tackles the Tough Stuff

Pioneering Company Tackles the Tough Stuff

Pioneering Company Tackles the Tough Stuff - Schleese Saddlery. Crotch comfort is not a subject everybody wants to talk about. Even in our modern world, there are women who ride in pain and don’t seek help, assuming that bruising, chafing and sometimes even bleeding in their intimate area is something that simply must be endured. It drives Sabine Schleese nuts. Sabine is Managing Director of Schleese Saddlery Service, Ltd, which she runs with her husband, Certified Master Saddler and horseman Jochen Schleese and their partner, CEO Earl Rothery. The Schleeses started the Ontario, Canada-based enterprise in 1986 with the idea of being a full-service saddle company. As they gained their customers’ trust, however, they soon identified a recurring complaint from the gender that, ironically, constitutes the majority of the North American equestrian public.

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I was an emancipated woman – or so I thought – and as such, I should be able to ride in any saddle. That was my mindset until I actually felt the difference between a saddle made for men and one made for women. Without exaggeration, this was truly an eye-opening experience. I rode so naturally without making any effort to have my legs hang straight down where they were supposed to be, and I felt the movement as one with my horse. Since then, as a trainer I often think that a saddle that is correctly fitted to my students would definitely help some of their position issues.

— Nicole Kunzel, Classical Riding Trainer, Hanover Germany

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