Ein neues Berufsbild - A New Job Description

Ein neues Berufsbild - A New Job Description

BRAUNSFELD. Einen Sattel braucht man, wenn man ein Pferd reiten will. Doch wie wichtig diese „Schnittstelle“ zwischen Pferd und Reiter ist und was sie, wenn sie weder zum Tier noch zum Menschen passt, allesanrichtenkann,das wissen die wenigsten. Von Lahmheit, Arthrose beim Pferd bis hin zu Wundstellen, Rückenschmerzen und Verspannungen reichen die Auswirkungen eines ungeeigneten Sattels. Gerade für Frauen sind viele Sättel ungeeignet: Denn die werden in der Regel fürMänner hergestellt. (Aus eigener Erfahrung weiß Angelika Schleese genau, was einen anatomisch passenden Frauensattel ausmacht. (Foto: Sprünken)

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Saddles Soar with Schleese

Saddles Soar with Schleese

This year renowned North American saddle manufacturer Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd. Is celebrating its 30th year in business. Here is the story of how Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese first started his company, and several of the highlights of these past 30 years as a key player in the equestrian industry.

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Saddle Fit and the Changing Three-Dimensional Back of the Horse

Saddle Fit and the Changing Three-Dimensional Back of the Horse

From the measurements which we have accumulated over the last 30 years from about 150,000 different horses, we have determined that about 70% are more strongly muscled on the left as in a); about 10% are even as in b), and about 20% are bigger as on the right (c). What I can conclude with certainty based on my observations, is that a good 70% of those horses which were measured over the years have a more strongly developed shoulder and shoulder muscles, with a more forward right shoulder. This is what we call ‘the natural asymmetry’ of the horse. Our general methodology in working with horses would also seem to underline the affinity we have with the left side of the horse. We lead on the left, we saddle from the left, and we mount from the left. Many horses demonstrate ‘uneasiness’ when approached from the right; even when brushed on the right. Perhaps it is because they instinctively want to protect their right side, which houses the digestive organs. This seeming anomaly will also be seen when observing horses fighting. The horse will turn its left shoulder towards the aggressor. When riding it is also seemingly easier to ride to the left, canter with the left lead, and most horse races go to the left, or counter clockwise – perhaps because the horse’s ‘natural asymmetry’ is almost always stronger to the left. It is a very important point to train and ride the horse straight. In the German training scala it clearly comments and describes the methods that define the rider and provide procedures on how to train and ride their horses to become straight. It is possible for the rider to counteract the ‘natural asymmetry’ of the horse by training in such a way that the serratus and the pectorales muscles ...

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How Do You Know Your Horse is Happy?

How Do You Know Your Horse is Happy?

WHILE THIS QUESTION MAY ALMOST RANGE INTO THE FIELD OF ANTHROPOMORPHIZATION (ASCRIBING HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS TO AN ANIMAL), YOUR HORSE’S ‘HAPPINESS’ OR BEING COMFORTABLE IS PROBABLY OF CRITICAL INTEREST TO YOU AS HIS OWNER AND RIDER. You know your horse better than anyone – instinctively, you know immediately when something is amiss, even if you can’t immediately diagnose where the problem lies or what is causing it. We can put words to what you already know – how do you tell when your horse is happy? What is below may be considered a little controversial, but if you are truly honest with yourself, you may realize that there is lot of truth in what I am about to share.

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Saddle Fit and the Changing 3-D Back of the Maturing Horse

Saddle Fit and the Changing 3-D Back of the Maturing Horse

‘Tis the season for buying young horses. Along with bringing the new prospect home come questions of when to start the youngster, and whether it makes sense to invest in a custom saddle. First, I will clarify the term “custom saddle.” I believe that true adjustability in a saddle is more important than whether it is “custom.” An adjustable saddle can be changed to accommodate the horse’s conformation as the horse matures, and that saddle is a worthwhile investment. Otherwise, you will likely have to buy several saddles over the course of your horse’s lifetime to make sure the fit remains optimal.

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QandA: Where Should the Saddle Be Positioned on the Horse's Back?

QandA: Where Should the Saddle Be Positioned on the Horse's Back?

There are many opinions where exactly a saddle should sit correctly, and it may depend somewhat on the discipline you are riding in. The fact remains the saddle should stay off the shoulder and be placed before the 18th thoracic vertebra. This is what is called the ‘saddle support area’ (SSA) and is relatively simple to find on your horse. It’s sometimes surprising how small this area actually is even on what seems a long-backed horse, and as the horse matures, it can actually grow smaller as the shoulder muscles grow larger and move the shoulder blade further back. The SSA begins about four fingers behind the base of the withers (making sure that the tree points are always behind the back edge of the shoulder blade) and ends at the 18th floating rib. You can easily find this if you follow the hair line up to the spine and feel where the lumbars begin and the ribs end. You want to make sure that your cantle is ...

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Proper Care of Your Saddle and Leather Accessories

Proper Care of Your Saddle and Leather Accessories

Taking proper care of your leather goods greatly enhances their appearance and lifespan, no matter the brand. Nowadays, saddles are considered investments, with proper “tune ups” extending lifespans to 15-20 years (for a good quality, adjustable saddle that fits the rider and can be re-fitted to the horse as necessary). Maintenance includes repairing stitches, replacing billets, and addressing fit issues. One of the greatest misconceptions has been about saddle soaps. Saddle soaps are exactly what their names imply: soaps, and should be used for cleansing only. Soap and sweat are the two enemies of leather if not removed...

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Neue Perspektiven als Sattel-Experte (German article)

Neue Perspektiven als Sattel-Experte (German article)

Der beste Reitunterricht und das tollste Pferd der Welt nützen selbst dem talentiertesten Reiter nichts, wenn sein Sattel nicht optimal liegt. Das zu erkennen erfordert besondere Fachlichkeit. Die sattlefit 4 Life Akademie in Köln bietet hier Ausbildungen an, mit denen Reiter ihr Wissen erweitern können, Berufsreiter, Trainer, Osteopathen lukrative zusätzliche Betätigungsfelder erlernen oder Sattler und Reitsportfachhändler mit dem neuen Beruf Sattel-Ergonom buchstäglich aufsatteln...

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How Do You Know if Your Horse is Happy?

How Do You Know if Your Horse is Happy?

While this question may almost range into the field of anthropomorphization (ascribing human characteristics to an animal), your horse’s ‘happiness’ or being comfortable is probably of critical interest to you as his owner and rider. You know your horse better than anyone – instinctively, you know immediately when something is amiss, even if you can’t immediately diagnose where the problem lies or what is causing it. We can put words to what you already know – how do you tell when your horse is happy? What is below may be considered a little controversial, but if you are truly honest with yourself, you may realize that there is lot of truth in what I am about to share. A horse is not able to lie, to ‘act’ like he’s feeling comfortable, happy, or relaxed, when he’s not. Watch for the feedback your horse gives you and it’s easy to see what his state of mind is. We all know the usual signs; the eyes, the ears, the tail. In nature, the horse – a ‘flight’ animal – can run full out at a moment’s notice. There is no necessity for the thought process “Okay, I’m being chased by a wolf, I’m going to have to run fast in about 3 seconds, so perhaps I should warm up a bit so that I can go full tilt”. By that time, the horse would be lunch...

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Proper Care of Your Saddle and Leather Accessories

Proper Care of Your Saddle and Leather Accessories

Taking proper care of your leather goods greatly enhances their appearance and lifespan, no matter the brand. Nowadays, saddles are considered investments, with proper “tune ups” extending lifespans to 15-20 years (for a good quality, adjustable saddle that fits the rider and can be re-fitted to the horse as necessary). Maintenance includes repairing stitches, replacing billets, and addressing fit issues. One of the greatest misconceptions has been about saddle soaps. Saddle soaps are exactly what their names imply: soaps, and should be used for cleansing only. Soap and sweat are the two enemies of leather if not removed. Saddle soap rids accumulated sweat and grime which, if left on, will result in the leather becoming brittle and cracking. A clean saddle doesn’t irritate your horse’s hide. But it is wrong to leave the soap on the saddle after cleaning...

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